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Kick in the Pants: How to Stop Wasting Your Time and Find the Ultimate Recruiter

Kick in the Pants: How to Stop Wasting Your Time and Find the Ultimate Recruiter

In today’s job market, there’s perhaps no worse feeling than sending out an unsolicited application to an opening you read about online, knowing that you’ll likely never even get a response. We’ve all been there, trolling the job boards, checking companies’ websites, and poking around LinkedIn for the next great opportunity. When the facts show that most people who send resumes out online don’t get the job — or even an interview — why do so many of us waste our time with it?

The people who get the really good jobs aren’t any different than you; they simply know that it’s people who make it possible, not your resume alone. Of course, some people get lucky and find great work through online application systems. It can happen. But your time is better spent focusing on two additional tactics: using your network and finding a great recruiter.

Today we’re going to focus on finding you the ultimate tech recruiter. It’s not hard, but it’s also not what you might expect. Can we let you in on a little secret? To find amazing recruiters, you have to do more than seek them out — you have to help them find you.

A recruiter is your advocate on the job hunt; a professional who will listen to you, challenge you, give you useful feedback, and help make seemingly impossible connections possible. Finding the ultimate recruiter can make all the difference in your job search.

How To Find The Best Recruiter For You

Use your network. Ask respected colleagues about their experiences with recruiters, and get the contact info for those who actually found your associate a job.

Do your homework online. LinkedIn is a treasure trove of talented recruiters with a seemingly infinite variety of focus areas. Make connections online with those who look promising.

Get tips from companies you admire. Call up the companies where you would love to work and ask them if they use a particular recruiter or staffing agency — make sure to get the contact information.

Stay informed.

If you’re keeping up-to-date on industry news (and you are, right?), you’ll likely see the names of recruiters show up now and again, especially in press releases when companies make a new hire.

Look on message boards in your tech specialty.

Find the message board in your precise field and see if anybody has already recommended a recruiter. If not, start up a new thread.

How to Help Recruiters Find You

One of the best parts about recruiters is that often, they will seek you out for great opportunities — that is, if they can find you.

Keep all communication short, specific, and to-the-point.

Make sure to include keywords so your messages don’t get lost in overstuffed inboxes.

Tell a story with your resume.

With an easy-to-understand resume, your recruiter will better remember your skills and have an easier time telling companies about you.

Avoid generic cover letters.

Recruiters are a busy bunch, so be specific and concise in your cover letter so they know exactly how they can help you.

Build a relationship.

Like any relationship, a successful pairing involves trust, honesty, communication and respect — treat your recruiter with dignity, and he or she will return the favor.

Be ready to hit the ground running.

The work of recruiters is to fill job openings, often quickly. The more you emphasize your preparedness, the better you’ll stand out as a candidate your recruiter will suggest for the next big opportunity.

Use directories to save you hours of research looking for the right recruiter.

At ITtechExec, one of our main goals is to make the job search process more convenient and simple for our client members. And because we really believe that being matched with the right technical recruiters for you is essential to any career move, we offer several different directories at low cost:

Our Directory of 1350+ U.S. Technical Recruiters

Our Directory of 800+ U.S.-based IT Project/Program Management Recruiters

Our Directory of U.S. CIO Recruiters

 

Stephen Van VreedeAbout Stephen—-

Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!

Not a Leader? Then Be a Multiplier

Not a Leader? Then Be a Multiplier

Discussions about corporate and small business leadership abound. If you hang out in LinkedIn groups or sit in on a work-related Twitter chat, you are bound to participate in some dialogue about leadership. By all accounts, it seems to be the holy grail of professional existence.

Technical Recruiting Demystified

Technical Recruiting Demystified

tech job search cartoonIf you’re confused about the whole recruiting scene, this will help provide a little clarity. On 10/3, David Graziano, technical recruiter for GE, joined us for a weekly #TCFchat on twitter at 3pm ET.

Dave and our panel discussed the difference between external recruiters and internal recruiters as well as internal recruiters and HR. We also chatted about how candidates should approach the resume and job search differently based on the type of recruiter that’s in place. In addition, much discussion centered around the role of social media in the recruiting process. This included the use of social media from the perspective of the job seeker as well as the technical recruiter.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to the Storify recap or to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

Tech Recruiter: Ask the Expert

Tech Recruiter: Ask the Expert

IT resume writer advice for winning the job 3If you have trouble understanding what role recruiters play in the job search, this is the forum for you. When it comes to recruiters, there are so many unanswered questions. Get the answers this Wednesday 10/3 at 3pm ET on twitter at #TCFchat. GE technical recruiter Dave Graziano will be our special guest star.

Dave will be talking about technical recruiting, resume, job search, interview, and other related topics.

Join the discussion (Wednesday 10/3 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

CIO & IT Team Inspiration Innovation

CIO & IT Team Inspiration Innovation

how to start a career in IT cartoon 2On Wednesday, 9/26 an “expert” panel convened on Twitter at #TCFchat to discuss the topic of IT leadership effectively motivating their technical teams.

We initially questioned the apparent ineffectiveness of “canned” HR programs with technical professionals. Why do these programs fall flat?

We also debated the role of HR, HR leadership, and the CIO in the ongoing motivation and performance of the IT team.

Finally, we talked about what strategies a CIO could employ to inspire his or her team. Missing were some of the convoluted incentives many corporate workers often hear about. The focus was centered on leaders being, well, leaders…setting a sound strategy, providing the teams with the proper tools and training, managing people firmly but fairly, and doing what they say they’re going to do. This isn’t revolutionary stuff here, but it may well be “innovative” in the sense that so few companies focus on these fundamentals.

If you were unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments or to the Storify recap of the chat.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

CIO & IT Leader Strategies for Motivating Tech Pros

CIO & IT Leader Strategies for Motivating Tech Pros

IT job search sites helpful or hurtfulThe canned HR programs that companies put into place may work fine for most corporate employees, but they don’t seem to have much effect on IT and technical professionals. I know from experience that most techies–whether in IT, engineering, telecommunications, call center, or any other technical discipline–are a skeptical bunch. But still, aren’t they excited about “Jeans Day?” I mean, really, who wouldn’t be =)

So what gives?

Well, let’s talk about the why along with what IT leadership can do to change this trend. Join the discussion (Wednesday 9/26 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

Ageism and Generation Gap Issues in the IT Resume and Job Search

Ageism and Generation Gap Issues in the IT Resume and Job Search

IT manager resume cartoonIn the IT field, many people feel that it is the “evolutionary” cycle for the old to give way to the young. In today’s world, sometimes it happens prematurely and other times not soon enough. Companies should evaluate each individual based on the work they do and the value they provide for internal opportunities and based on their capabilities for external opportunities, regardless of age. When we boil it all down, we live in a meritocracy, which is a good thing. But human nature being, well, human nature, people in positions of authority don’t always make the wisest decisions. Sometimes those poor decisions hurt the older worker and assist the younger worker, and sometimes the opposite is true.

On Wednesday 9/19, our expert panel convened on Twitter’s #TCFchat to discuss this topic. Our contributors recognized that this situation is indeed a reality today. They also offered some sage advice to help candidates overcome these issues on their resume, in the job search, and in their career development.

If you were unable to join us for the live chat, you can see the Storify recap and go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments. I’d also suggest viewing the 3-minute video blog included here.

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Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

#IT Job Trends and IT Employment Trends: Age/Generation Gap

#IT Job Trends and IT Employment Trends: Age/Generation Gap

IT job trends and the IT job search and tech job search

Do IT job trends and IT employment trends show an age and generation gap?

Many feel that there is a glaring difference between older and younger workers in the technology arena. At the two ends of the extreme you have:

a) Younger workers wanting to get an opportunity to prove themselves, helping their overall marketability for new positions in the IT job market and good pay increases.

b) Older workers knowing that they have proven themselves but concerned about their IT job security and their marketability in this challenging business climate and IT job market.

Either way, both groups are anxious about how they appeal to companies and the technical hiring executives during their IT job search or tech job search.

Join the discussion (Wednesday 9/19 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.

IT Resume Tips: IT Candidates Need to Highlight Team Experience

IT Resume Tips: IT Candidates Need to Highlight Team Experience

By Stephen Van Vreede (@ITtechExec)

IT Team Environments

IT job search sites helpful or hurtful 3The business landscape has changed dramatically for IT over the past few years. The days of IT folks or departments operating in a vacuum are gone, never to return. Although this is a good development for business as a whole, it has required a change to the way IT works.

IT professionals must have the ability to directly engage business leaders, users, and process owners. This direct interaction is designed to eliminate the gaps in communicating needs and requirements that have plagued the business in the past.

The IT Resume

IT candidates must be able to communicate their ability to work well in collaborative team environments on the resume. Employers and recruiters today expect IT professionals to possess this skill. But simply stating that you’re a “team player” is not good enough. Everyone says that. They want the candidate to prove it in the meat of the resume.

The ITtechExec Way

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Job Search Networking, Newtorking, Networking

Job Search Networking, Newtorking, Networking

IT careers in demand cartoon 8Networking is the primary means candidates should use to get a job, according to most top career services professionals. But what do they mean when they talk about networking…and how does one really go about doing it effectively? I mean, not everyone is good at networking, right? Does it really work like many claim? Can you do it wrong, like our friend in the comic here?

Join the discussion (Wednesday 9/12 on Twitter at 3pm Eastern). Simply follow and use the hashtag #TCFchat to be a part of it all.

If you’re unable to join us for the live chat, go to our Tech Career Forum LinkedIn Group page to post comments.

Or feel free to weigh in here. We’d love to hear from you.