It may feel like all you hear about in the working world is tech—and that’s not a coincidence. Tech jobs have exploded lately, particularly in the last year, going from 3.9 million tech job postings in 2020 to 4.79 million by August 2021. While this tidal wave of tech jobs has been a boon for recruiters, it also makes it harder for them to stand out from the crowd. Tech companies want to work with the best of the best and tend to default to who they know can land them the best talent.
So how do you gain their trust? It seems like an impossible task, but you can become a household name in the tech recruiting industry. Although it doesn’t happen overnight, you’ll set yourself apart by understanding how tech recruiting works and embodying all five qualities of a stellar tech recruiter. Let’s dive in.
As you might expect, tech recruiting is, well, more technical than other forms of recruiting. Technology job descriptions are filled with jargon and acronyms, and the candidates and hiring managers you’ll be dealing with have STEM backgrounds. But does that mean you need to know how to code or have taken college-level computer science classes to be a tech recruiter? Absolutely not.
While having IT experience might give you a leg up out of the gate, it doesn’t preclude you from learning how to communicate with candidates and clients. If you work for a staffing agency, your trainers will tell you what you need to know. And you can keep up with the latest programming languages and tech skills by giving yourself your own informal education online. To truly excel, you’ll need to marry your curiosity with desire and dedication. More specifically, you’ll need to exemplify the five qualities of a standout tech recruiter.
Below are five ways the best tech recruiters impress their clients and candidates. Outstanding recruiters:
Now, trying to master all five of these qualities at once will be overwhelming. But taking it slow and working on these five steps every day will build your network, build your brand, and get your name out there. And when that happens, not only will you be placing people at top companies, you’ll gain more confidence and start to reap the rewards.