8 Rules for Working With IT Recruiters

Searching for a job in the Kansas City IT industry? Considering working with a recruiter? If it’s your first time, then you likely have some questions. To help you get the most from the relationship, here are a few rules to follow:

Rule #1: Avoid recruiters that charge a fee.

A reputable recruiter is paid by the hiring company, not the candidate. So if one expects to be paid by you, move onto to someone else who doesn’t charge you.

Rule #2: Consider retained recruiters, not contingency ones.

Contingency recruiters are paid only if a placement – any placement – is made. Retained recruiters, on the other hand, are paid regardless of whether or not there’s a successful outcome with the search. Therefore, they’ll take more time to ensure a proper fit.

Rule #3: Do your research.

When it comes to working with an IT recruiter, not all are created equal. So do your homework and research them online before you sign on. Also, look to industry forums and review sites for information about them, as well as to anyone in your network who can give you more insight.

Rule #4: Ask lots of questions.

You want to ensure the recruiter you hire is experienced and the right fit. To do that, create a short list of potential recruiters based on your research and then ask questions, such as about their number of years in the industry, what kinds of IT roles they fill, and their placement success rates.

Rule #5: Be honest.

Always be open and upfront about what you’re looking for. For instance, if you’re not willing to relocate or travel for work, don’t say that you will just to open yourself up to more opportunities. The more specific you are about your lifestyle, career goals, and abilities, the better job the recruiter can do at matching you with a rewarding position.

Rule #6: Respond to recruiters.

If a recruiter reaches out to you first, respond to their call or email. You never know when that next great opportunity might come along even if you aren’t necessarily looking. Ask them to send you along more information about the job. If it’s not right for you, you can politely decline.

Rule #7: Dig deeper.

If, however, a role sounds like a good fit for you, ask more questions about it, so you can get a better sense of what it really entails. For instance, what are the hours and location; job duties and responsibilities; and compensation and benefits.

Rule #8: Stay connected.

Throughout the process, stay in contact with your recruiter. If a job that you uncovered without their help comes up and you’re applying, let them know so they don’t send along your resume to that same employer. If your situation changes in any way, keep your recruiter informed so they can best support and help you.

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