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IT Recruiters: What Are They and Key Things to Look For

Kristin Bachman
4 min read

Across the country, an information technology (IT) labor shortage has been brewing for years.

As the demand for skilled IT professionals increases, there aren't enough workers with the expertise to fill these open positions.

Likewise, many people in the IT field have either stopped working "traditional" IT jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic or are approaching retirement age. 

In fact, according to a 2019 PwC study, 79% of CEOs are concerned about a lack of digital talent and the availability of skills in the workforce. Meanwhile, research by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates about 162,900 job openings every year on average between 2021 and 2031 in the software development field alone.

So if your organization is looking to hire IT professionals, you might face some steep competition. This is where it may benefit you to work with a skilled and experienced IT recruiter.

What is an IT Recruiter?

An IT recruiter is somebody who helps businesses find, screen, and hire qualified professionals in the IT sector.

They may recruit for a wide variety of IT positions for small, medium, and large businesses with job openings in the IT field.

Some common positions and roles that an IT recruiter may help a company fill include:

  • Data Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Manager
  • Mobile Applications Developer
  • Database Manager
  • Technical Support
  • Director of Data Science
  • Head of Engineering

Depending on the size and scope of the company, an IT recruiter may work in-house for a specific company or may work for a third-party staffing agency that helps a number of organizations find the right candidates for job openings.

Ultimately, a technical recruiter aims to source qualified IT professionals for job openings, screen and interview potential candidates, and proactively network with the best talent in the industry.

Key Responsibilities of an IT Recruiter

These responsibilities can vary slightly, depending on whether an IT recruiter is working for an organization in-house or is working for a larger third-party recruitment agency. Many offer full-cycle recruiting services, which handle the entire hiring process from start to finish.

Some of the most common responsibilities of IT recruiters include:

  • Working with companies hiring IT professionals to determine the exact position(s) they're looking to fill and what they're looking for in an IT employee
  • Composing job descriptions for these IT openings and sharing them on any number of job boards, social media pages, and other channels to increase visibility
  • Proactively compiling their own lists of potential candidates for open IT roles based on their own networking and industry knowledge
  • Attending IT conferences, seminars, and similar events to stay on top of industry trends and network with potential new talent
  • Screening and interviewing qualified candidates and reporting the results of these interviews with hiring managers or human resources teams

Main Qualifications of an IT Recruiter

The most successful IT recruiters are typically those with specific experience and knowledge in the highly technical IT field.

Because IT jobs tend to require technical expertise and very specific skill sets, IT recruiters’ skills should reflect some of the same. A quality IT recruiter should ideally possess skills like:

  • Familiarity with commonly used IT software (like ServiceNow and KDevelop) 
  • Ability to speak in (and understand) technical terminology
  • Basic understanding of several common coding languages and their applications (Python, JavaScript, C++, .NET, etc.)
  • Deep insights into current IT industry trends and new technologies

The Difference Between an IT Recruiter and a Regular Recruiter

If you're looking to hire an IT professional at your organization, you might be wondering why you shouldn't just work with a "traditional" talent recruiter.

Ultimately, you can work with a regular corporate recruiter to fill an IT role — but you probably won't get the best results.

That's because the IT field is incredibly technical — and the role you're looking to fill likely requires a specific skill set and lots of expertise.

Unfortunately, a traditional recruiter may not deeply understand the specific needs and nuances of an IT role.

IT recruiters, on the other hand, possess the very specific knowledge and expertise needed to find only the most qualified candidates for your job opening. They will also know how to carry out the right screening processes and ask the most relevant questions during an interview.

Simply put, IT recruiters have a certain level of industry knowledge and experience that a regular recruiter does not.

The result?

Working with an IT recruiter often results in top talent for your organization.

How Hunt Club Helps With IT Talent Acquisition

At Hunt Club, our experienced and dedicated recruiters are ready to help with your IT talent acquisition needs. From sourcing and screening to interviewing and negotiating, our Talent Advisors can do it all.

Hunt Club Offers High-Quality Candidates Within Reach

We source only the brightest and most qualified IT job seekers from a diverse pool of industry leaders. In fact, our recruitment team has access to more than 20,000 industry leaders — and we use our expertise to tap into those connections and find the best talent for your open IT positions.

And unlike many other recruiting agencies, we specialize in software and IT recruiting, so we understand the ins and outs of your search.

Hunt Club Uses Robust Technology in the Recruitment Process

At Hunt Club, we take great pride in combining the power of networking relationships with our proprietary technology platform. Specifically, our recruitment teams use robust technology in their search process to find and screen only the most qualified talent for your organization.

Hunt Club Takes Advantage of Network Recruiting

Our team of recruiters utilizes network recruiting, a tried and proven method for sourcing and connecting with IT candidates from a diverse tech talent pool.

This robust recruiting method involves sharing job openings with our large network of industry leaders and then connecting with potential candidates who have been specifically referred by those leaders.

In the end, you find top candidates for your IT roles faster and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that these candidates have been pre-vetted.

Try Hunt Club's IT Recruiting Service Today

Recruiting for IT positions within your organization can be stressful. With a seemingly dwindling pool of talent across the industry and a higher demand for tech professionals than ever before, your organization can face stiff competition when trying to fill these roles.

Working with a tech recruiter service is often your best bet for sourcing the best talent while differentiating your company from others that are currently hiring.

The good news? Hunt Club is here to help.

Let us put our extensive IT knowledge and best-in-class recruiting technology to work for you and streamline your talent search.

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