What Sets Technical Recruiters Apart?
If a modern company wants to thrive, it needs to invest in both recruiting and retaining high-performers. A strong technology workforce is crucial for success and continuity, and so identifying the right tech people to bring aboard is key. While this is always a challenge, there are some unique difficulties when hiring in the tech industry. The jobs are highly specialized and (obviously) technical, and the landscape is especially competitive. So, in what ways do agency and corporate technical recruiters need to adapt? There are several ways these specialized recruiters are equipped to can make the process more fluid, reduce hiring time and mitigate the uncertainty of the many surprises that can take place in the recruiting process.
What is a Technical Recruiter?
A technical recruiter is a specialist who sources and qualifies candidates for open positions at companies who need highly specialized technology talent. Successful tech recruiters leverage their deep understanding of the industry, their own technology backgrounds, and are highly engaged in the technology community to best find the right folks for the perfect role. Because these recruiters focus tech, their expertise rapidly develops to the point that they are better able to identify, connect with, and bring on the proper expert for a given project or position.
Deep Technology Knowledge
A strong understanding of niche technologies and job functions mean that technical recruiters speak the same language as the candidates they prospect and engage. Through active participation in their local tech community and ongoing education, tech recruiters are able to thoroughly learn more about the various positions for which they recruit. In addition to familiarizing him or herself with the technical demands and parameters of a role, a great recruiter will also be well-versed in things like pay structures, job titles, and end-client management structures, all of which can be quite unique to both the tech industry overall and specific companies. It is paramount that a good tech recruiter also understands the business and functionality of their customers and their products, knowing the tech alone is not enough to compel good people into new jobs or contracts. The best technical recruiter is constantly learning, both from their candidates and their clients and independently, just as a good developer will tinker with new tech, and so that he or she can remain on the cutting-edge.
Strong Industry Networks
Developing and maintaining the knowledge that a technical recruiter needs to thrive requires a robust business network. This community is also one of the greatest resources from which the recruiter can pull candidates. This might be directly or by using contacts for referrals. Being in the community means technical recruiters are attending industry events and making connections at conferences, meetups, and just being genuine about getting to know people and why they love what they do. Engineers are often very creative, and they often enjoy unique hobbies, the outdoors, music, and being active.
We Know Tech People
Most importantly, technical recruiters truly understand the needs, wants, concerns, and goals of their candidates. Ultimately, that is what recruiting is about – the people. Salary might be important, but so many other factors should inform how engineers and other technical professionals assess a job opportunity. Most technical candidates, like developers or engineers, want to be solving problems and have challenging work, often with a certain appealing impact. That’s why technical recruiters can speak to more than just the typical laundry list of job duties. They can speak to how a candidate would be able to impact the product, company, and world. For technical prospects, it’s not just about the money; it’s also about the best environment and cultural fit.