By Eleanor Arnold, Practice Manager, Hudson IT
As an IT recruiter, searching job boards, reading resumes and conducting phone interviews are part of the job. However, qualifying candidates for technical positions can be difficult at best.
The following are a few suggested items recruiters might want to consider enlisting in order to qualify the best candidates.
A Good Job Description
Arming your IT recruiter with a high-quality job description is crucial to not only attracting candidates, but qualifying them as well. At its basic function, a job description serves as a sales tool; highlighting and selling the duties, responsibilities, required skill sets of the job, and the culture and benefits the company offers. This important, detailed sales document allows recruiters to target the best qualified candidates in the market, while screening out unqualified outliers.
Candidates need to know what will be expected of them during regular business activities, but more significantly, the job description should present the unambiguous details of the job requirements. To make sure everyone wins, job descriptions must be written with the ideal candidate in mind, instead of a broad range of candidates.
Think of all the time and costs that can be saved by reviewing a handful of eligible candidates versus having to sor through several hundred resumes that do not accurately represent the ideal individual for the job.
Tech recruiters are required to understand various software, hardware and methodologies, plus must be able to qualify and quantify the skill sets and experience levels of potential job seekers each and every day. Recruiters can read “IT Recruiting for Dummies” as a start, but great recruiting comes out of a clear understanding of the client’s requirements. So, how is this achieved?
It’s simple. It’s important to listen, and ask lots of questions.
It’s nearly impossible to stay in front of the latest updates, versions and trends. However, by speaking with top talent and asking the simple, often neglected questions such as who, what, when, why, where, and how, real insight and education can be gained. Experienced professionals are all around and technical knowledge can be learned through on-the-job training, a great mentor, subject matter experts, and from other recruiters willing to teach.
By taking information gathered from one discussion and sharing it in another conversation with someone in the same field, and leveraging the information again and again and again, eventually, that base of knowledge will develop to a point where candidates’ skill sets and experience can be evaluated in a well-informed manner.
About The Author:
As Practice Manager and Sales Leader for Hudson IT Professional Resources, Eleanor Arnold has proven successful in best aligning the needs of her client companies with the interests of exceptional consultants. In over 10 years with Hudson, Eleanor has worked with clients across industries to recruit top talent and has developed expertise in IT Manufacturing and Steel staffing. Her depth of industry knowledge allows her to understand the specific needs of her clients’ IT departments, ensuring smooth transitions in times of circumstantial change.
Eleanor’s level of commitment to her clients and her team of over 30 consultants has resulted in extremely satisfied clients and happy consultants. It would be no surprise to those with whom she has collaborated that she is a five-time Hudson Award winner. Her greatest professional accomplishment, however, may be the compliment she consistently receives about offering the best experience in the consulting world.
Prior to joining Hudson, Eleanor worked for The Gleason Group where she was instrumental in developing the practice through obtaining referrals and targeting emerging markets. She expanded cross-selling opportunities and developed the client base. She worked closely with the sales team to launch new business initiatives and represented the company at trade shows and conference presentations. Eleanor is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied marketing and communications.
The high energy, honesty and integrity that Eleanor brings to her clients and consultants benefit professional and community organizations as well. Eleanor is a Member of the Association of Women in the Metals Industry, A Food Bank Volunteer and a member of her local municipality planning Commission. She is married with two boys and enjoys traveling, reading and riding her motorcycle.