So you’re interested in becoming an IT recruiter? Great career choice. After all, we live in a fast-paced technology-based world that is advancing rapidly.
But what is it?
So much has changed on the technology front in the past decade and a half. Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane:
- It was in 1991 that the World Wide Web was actually made available to the public and that’s when the fun began.
- By 1995, the first online bank had opened, followed by Amazon (1995), Google (1998), Paypal (1998), MSN Messenger (1999), Skype (2002), Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005).
- And of course the revolutionary iPhone (2007) which changed the entire way we consume technology.
It’s no surprise then, that the technology employment sector is booming with the need for highly skilled IT workers. Somebody has to recruit these people. That somebody is the IT recruiter.
What do IT recruiters do?
If you work at one of the 80 IT recruitment agencies in the GTA, you will recruit for agency clients. If you’re a corporate recruiter, you will recruit only for your firm. On a typical day, you will work on job orders by contacting and pre-screening qualified candidates from your company’s candidate database. But the hunt doesn’t stop there.
You need to be creative and hit up LinkedIn, social media, job boards, recruitment events, and seek referrals. The challenge IT recruiters manage the entire recruiting cycle from sourcing, screening, interview coaching, closing the placement, and doing background checks.
The biggest challenge comes on closing the candidate: you really need to understand the candidate, their career motives, personal situation, and their mindset inside and out before you can successfully convince him/her as to why they should accept your client’s job offer over the competition. (Interestingly, the majority of recruiters have a degree in psychology!)
Education and compensation
Most employers prefer to hire those with undergraduate degrees in business, HR, or technology. You will learn a ton on the job and should keep yourself up to date by following the latest industry news. IT recruiters enjoy both a base salary and commission from their placements, while accruing income from their previously placed IT contractors. While the starting base salary is $36,000-$40,000, within four to five years you could be making up to $60,000.
The more ambitious IT recruiter can advance into account management, where he or she takes on an outside sales role and builds client relationships to grow the business and acquire more job orders. Others may choose to stay in the field as a lead recruiter/manager or branch out into human resources, training, or organizational development.
Shaheerah Kayani is a Technical Recruiter at Planet4iT within the Finance, Capital Markets and Wealth Management domain. She formerly worked as a Professional Resume Writer. Connect with her on LinkedIn.