A Beginner’s Guide to IT Recruitment: From a Beginner

When I started recruiting, first few months were a mess and I was in need of guidance. I had some clue on how to go about it as I was in sales earlier however I was still a Beginner. Without a mentor it was difficult. So I thought of sharing some of the basics for the benefit of those like me in my first blog post.  

Know your technologies and terms:

As a technology recruiter, learn the basics of technologies you are required to recruit on. Make it a habit to Google the skills and read about them. Learn the difference between front end, back end, applications, programming languages etc. Make a note of the tax terms; W2, 1099, Corp-Corp. Keep up to date with the latest versions and developments. This not only helps you select the right candidate but gives you the confidence as well.

Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and make a call:

If you have the profile of a candidate who seems to be a match, pick up the phone and talk to him/her. Do not hesitate about the reaction or rejection. As long as you know what you are talking about they will listen to you. Once you have discussed the position irrespective of a yes or no, send them a thank you email for their time. It not only shows that you are professional but helps you build relationship with them and they have your contact details for future. Believe me they do follow up with you or let you know once they are out in the market again.

Ask Your Mentor: Remember the old saying “No question is stupid”

If you are lucky enough to get a mentor, ask questions, observe and learn. Listen to how they talk to the candidates, what search strings they use. What are the recruiting tools they rely on? You might not be able to use all of them or use them as efficiently in the beginning but you will learn eventually.

Do not jump into Social media, settle down first:

Just because everyone around you is talking about it do not jump into social media bandwagon. Starting up with it too soon would end up in nothing but confusion. 100 different sites talking about recruitment and you wouldn’t know what to read, who to read and what to follow.

Stick to the traditional recruitment methods first: learn how to search on job sites first, how to put in the right search strings, ask your friends who are in recruiting business to share their third party/recruiting agency database if possible (trust me most of them will be happy to share it with you even if they think “what will you be able to do with it, being so new”).  Yes, do create a LinkedIn account, it helps you connect with other recruiters, consultants and you learn a lot.  Get proficient with these first and the rest will follow.

Last but not the least, Be Organized:

It’s the key. From the very first day organize your database. Maintain excel sheets for agencies and candidates, each one of them. Make folders to save resumes based on skill sets. Being organized reduces you work and saves time.

There is a lot that I am missing, so inputs are welcome from the experienced lot. However, I hope this gives some idea to the new entrants in the field of IT recruiting. Get them right, in time you will learn a lot on your own.

It’s a great career choice, enjoy it! Happy Recruiting!

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Comment by Anupama Mishra on May 2, 2012 at 2:25pm

Hey Vani,

I am really inspired from your blog. I had same background as yours, I was working as a recruiter in India for a agency and my job was focused on sales managers positions. Now I am in Seattle and working as a Technical Recruiter, I have started learning Technical skills.

I always like to learn from others experiences and listen their achievements.

Comment by Vani Chauhan on May 2, 2012 at 2:42pm

Thanks Anupama.I am glad that you found my blog inspiring.Your situation sounds a lot like mine :)

All the best!!

Comment by Anupama Mishra on May 2, 2012 at 2:45pm

Thank you very much. Please keep me updated with your experiences.

Comment by Bill Schultz on May 2, 2012 at 7:04pm

Vani- good post and welcome.  I think it will also serve a newbie well to learn how IT divisions or  Technology Product companies are organized.  A look at an organizational chart will  teach a lot.  

Good Luck!

Comment by Vani Chauhan on May 3, 2012 at 11:38am

A good point there Bill, added that to my to do list.Thanks for the welcome and like on the post!

Comment by Tanya Demelo on May 16, 2012 at 10:38am

Vani the article you put up on A Beginner’s Guide to IT Recruitment: From a Beginner is excellent. Truly it is a jist of exactly what the challenges are and what should be done to overcome them. Even experienced recruiters can take a note from this, cause in this field one can never stop learning. I myself come from an Economics (Humanities) background and now it's been two years in this industry for me. If i had this article as a guide I would have not come up the hard way. But I have shared this on my wall for many of my friends just starting out in this hard work + luck + people management world.

Comment by Vani Chauhan on May 21, 2012 at 3:44pm

Tanya- Thanks!

Comment by Mohan Kannegal on November 2, 2012 at 11:41am

This is a book I wrote available for purchase from Amazon titled "A Beginner's Guide To Recruitment". It may help those who are starting off in recruitment



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