5 Key Benefits of Having a Relationship with an IT Recruiter
By: Justin Pleadwell, Marketing Manager
One of the most crucial relationships that an IT professional can have in their career is a trusted connection with a local IT recruiter. You do not currently have to be on the hunt for a new job to have a relationship with a recruiter. Having a strong partnership with a recruiter throughout your career can help you stay on top of the latest trends and opportunities in the local IT industry. Like any relationship, a rapport with a trusted recruiter takes effort to maintain, but the benefits can be incredibly rewarding throughout your career.
1. Be in the know
Trustworthy recruiters have a pulse on trends in the local job market, hot companies, updated pay rates, and job functions. For instance, Digital Prospectors’ recruiters are constantly in the know on the hot IT jobs in Boston. As a top Boston Staffing Agency, our recruiters are always aware of the hiring trends, in-demand skills, and client needs in the city. Our recruiters also work with companies nationwide, so they will know what’s going on in places such as Idaho, which would not necessarily be on your radar. Keep in mind that many jobs are not posted and oftentimes recruiters are the only people aware of openings. Some of our clients don’t post their positions, especially contract positions, and your best bet to know about these opportunities is through your trusted recruiter.
2. Both candidate and client perspectives
IT recruiters are constantly tuned into the thoughts, needs, and motivations of both candidates and clients, so they provide a great neutral perspective. Candidates can utilize a reliable recruiter to inform them about which skills are in demand, what clients are looking for, and other tips to get a leg up. They can be your advocate and handle negotiations since they have an existing relationship with your potential future employer. This leaves you to only discuss the job and what you have to offer. Leave all the details that make the hiring process stressful to your recruiter.
3. No more resume black holes
There is nothing more frustrating than submitting your application and wondering if it is going into a resume black hole. When you work with a Digital Prospectors recruiter, you know that your resume is landing on the hiring manager’s desk that afternoon and that your recruiter is advocating for you every step of the way.
4. A partner: Your go-to resource for your next move
When you develop a trusted relationship with an IT recruiter, he or she gets to know your skills, talents, work preferences, and even how your son’s soccer tournament went. When it does come time to change jobs, you have a proven resource who already knows the ins-and-outs of your career and lifestyle preferences. You will not have to go through the arduous task of searching for a reliable recruiter and risk the chance of failing to find a proper fit. Also, when a job opens that might be a good fit, you will be one of their first calls, as they will keep you in the loop on the job market. Even if you are not actively searching for a new role, they will be there to make you aware of what is happening in your industry.
5. Help out your friends
If you have friends or colleagues who are looking for jobs, you can help them by recommending a recruiter who you have a relationship with and trust. A recruiter will be able to connect them with job opportunities and give guidance about the steps that must be taken to put the best foot forward.
Hear what our recruiters have to say about relationship building
“With over a decade of recruiting experience, I know first-hand the importance of relationship building in our industry. As with any relationship, having open two-way communication is the best ingredient for long-term success,” said Pete Roos, Senior Principal Technical Recruiter.
Steve Merriman, Senior Principal Technical Recruiter, added “I am interested in learning more about what your situation is, the technologies you prefer to be utilizing, what gets your creative juices flowing, and what you want to be working on next. It doesn’t matter if you’re currently looking for a new job or not – I just want to be able to let you know about that opportunity when it’s here so you don’t miss it.”
Reach out to our team of recruiters to build a trusted relationship for your career today. And don’t forget: keep in touch!
Email the author, Justin Pleadwell – Marketing Manager, directly for more information.
About Digital Prospectors
We believe all people should love their jobs. Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is a top IT staffing agency in Boston that has placed thousands of contractors and direct-hire employees with hundreds of prestigious companies nationwide. Our work is about improving the lives of the people we serve by connecting opportunity and talent in meaningful ways. Life is short – Love your job!®