The IT industry is often a difficult industry to keep up with. Technology is constantly improving alongside your business goals changing and evolving. For business owners, finding the right IT employee can be a daunting and difficult task. Working in the IT Field, it can be difficult to know where the right fit will be when it comes to employment. Individual job searches can feel endless and sometimes you want a little variety in your work. A great solution to this is working with an IT Recruiter. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t want to sign with just any IT Recruiter. We want to help you be well-equipped to pick and choose which recruitment company you sign on with. So, here’s our 7 tips for working with IT Recruiters.

1. Pick up the Phone when a Recruiter Calls!

It’s definitely worth it to just go ahead and pick up the phone when an IT Recruiter calls you seeking your employment. After you get your questions answered, you will have a general idea of whether or not you’re interested in being placed into a pool of candidates for the job. Accepting simple calls like this can open a lot of opportunity for potential employment. Oftentimes, the recruiter is simply searching for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, leaving you with all of the power to accept or decline jobs based on your interests and passions. If you decide you don’t want to work with the IT Recruiter, but they continue to reach out to you, simply block the company. This shouldn’t happen often, making it much more valuable to take the risk and take the call.

2. Ask Why The Recruiter Chose You

Like we talked about above, when you pick up a call from an IT Recruiter, it’s important to ask questions. One of the most important questions, for you, will be: “Why did you choose me?” This will help you understand why the recruiter thinks you’re a good fit for the position. It’s also important to ask how they found you. The answer to that question will pretty much instantly let you know just how much effort they put into searching for a job candidate. You don’t want to just be a candidate, you want to be the best candidate. Asking these questions will help you immediately recognize whether or not this recruiter is legitimate. If you’re contacted about a job that has nothing to do with your background, you’ve most likely gotten your answer.

3. Ask How They Found You

Alongside finding out how much effort the recruiter put into finding a candidate, asking where the recruiter found you is fantastic feedback to have on your side. By having the recruiter answer this question, you’ll find out whether or not your resume is working and which websites/contacts are helping you get jobs. Expanding your network is a valuable tactic to use for getting even more job referrals- which is never a bad thing.

4. Understand a Contingency vs. a Retained Search

In a contingency search, recruiters are paid if they place a candidate, and whoever recruits you to the company first can attempt to claim a fee if you get the position. They can even claim that the company owes them a fee for a later job connection you make with said company since they “introduced” you. In a retained search, the company has already paid the recruitment firm to conduct the entire search. This means that regardless of how you found the position, you will be interviewed by the recruitment firm. Make sure you ask about this and understand the differences.

5. Ask Why the Company is Hiring

Don’t be afraid to ask for more information about the position and why the company is hiring someone for the position. Asking these questions can give you greater insight into the role and even the company as a whole. The answers will also help you better prepare for your interview, as you’ll know what they’re looking for. You’ll look great for being well-prepared, which will increase your chances of landing the job.

6. Request a Recruitment Timeline and Regular Follow-Ups

It’s important to have a general idea of just how long each recruitment process is going to take so that you can keep your eyes on those prized open positions. Every recruiter you work with should be able to easily provide you with a deadline for the hiring. It’s also completely reasonable to ask for regular follow-ups on the position process. Requesting weekly updates from the recruiter will help ease your mind while your resume is in review, even if the recruiter has no news to give.

7. Set Boundaries

Setting boundaries with recruiters may be one of the best tips we can give you. You want to ensure that your resume isn’t being spammed or sent in duplicates to hiring managers. Make sure the recruiters know that your resume is your personal property. Let the recruiters know that they are not authorized to make any changes to your resume without your consent. This goes for sending out your resume to a company for a position you haven’t even heard about. Keep a close eye on your resume and hold it tight. This is one of our best resume tips and also one of the most crucial pieces of information regarding your career and the contacts you make along the way. Your resume is your first impression on a hiring manager – be in control of that impression.

Working with IT recruiters can feel a bit tricky at first and it’s easy to get discouraged. Don’t walk into a conversation with a recruiter blindsided. Take these tips and keep your confidence. Be honest about what you’re looking for in a job and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. There are shady recruiters out there, but being well-prepared to determine the honest ones from the rest will help your career take off.