Why should I work with an IT Recruiter? Why can’t I just apply directly through the employer’s website? — Dave in New Jersey
It’s easy to hop on any company’s career page and apply directly — 10 minutes on your laptop and you’re all set. This added convenience comes at a price: the best jobs at the top-tier companies get thousands of applications, making it easy for yours to get lost in the pack. Here’s how my fellow recruiters and I add value to your search and help your application shine like it should:
We Learn Your Skills (and help you present them properly). The first thing I ask a candidate is what they’ve been doing and what technologies they’re using. I need to know if you’re working on the server side or the front end, if the development you’re doing is multithreaded, and if you’re really more on the core Java or J2EE side. Take a few minutes and help me understand what you do best.
If I know your skills, I can make them stand out or add them to your resume, tell you what to emphasize in a phone interview and point you toward other areas you may want to be looking. It’s also easier to see if you’re a good match for any of the other 200+ openings we’re working on.
We Know the Job. Job descriptions can be poorly-written, wandering lists of required skills that give little sense of what the candidate will actually be doing day-to-day. We speak with our clients to figure out what skills are really “required” versus desired and what you’ll be doing.
Sometimes there’s a list of 10 “required” skills on a description and you will have only used two of them, so the position doesn’t sound like a fit. Perhaps we’ve spoken to the client and those two skills are the ones the client needs most, making you a great candidate. We delve deeper with the client to find out.
We Know the Client. Our Account Executives build long-term relationships with our clients and their managers. We spend time getting to know their likes, dislikes, environment and personality so we know if you’re a good fit.
Our direct relationships help us get your resume to the right manager, explain what you’ve done in the past and nudge the process along if things get stuck. I made my very first placement after one of our Account Execs called a manager she’d known for 10+ years to see why we hadn’t heard any feedback on an All Star C++ Developer.