Most IT staffing firms have the office favorite that strives beyond the required work to win over not only other technical recruiters, but also their clients, candidates, and hiring managers. Their work is superior to the standards of IT recruiting companies and consistently accepts and meets challenges with outstanding value, feedback, and performance. Are these workers inspirational or toxic to IT recruiting company morale?
By having an IT staffing rep set the bar for performance, one will have an understanding of the realistic expectations from managers. If one experiences difficulty achieving his goals, he may be less intimidated to reach out to the office favorite for suggestions or tips rather than his supervisor. These outstanding performers have the ability to make advancements during their career and can offer mentoring to employees who need extra help or push. Also, by observing how the office favorite is treated among his peers, other employees will work to meet their potential.
Workers may become apathetic in terms of improving their skills and output if they consistently hear how one employee is carrying the team. Because they are less likely to be acknowledged for their effort, they may become unenthusiastic and lose a drive for improvement. Worse, these unmotivated employees may resent the office favorite for making them feel and appear incompetent by comparison.
For the Future
Rather thin pinpointing an exceptional employee, managers should recognize all outstanding work. If a technical recruiter significantly improves one quarter, acknowledge and commend him for his hard work. When an IT recruiter makes an effort to advance, but fails to meet his goal, provide feedback and areas to tweak in order to make progress. Only mentioning mistakes and poor performance is bound to bring down the atmosphere of IT staffing companies. Remember that teamwork is a group effort, so all responsibilities apply to IT headhunters, not just the superstars!
In the IT Recruitment Industry, there are stipulations when it comes to teaming up with a well known IT staffing company. Depending on the type of position, and situation, most clients expect IT staffing firms to maintain some level of confidentiality when it comes to filling one of their IT jobs. There are a number of reasons for this, there might be someone currently in the role that is being replaced (due to performance, attitude, etc) or the client might simply not want people to know they are actively hiring.
On the other side of the hiring process are the candidates. Many IT recruiting companies keep the name of their end client confidential to prospective candidates. The reason IT staffing firms do this is to eliminate the risk of a candidate just submitting him or herself directly immediately after they get off the phone with the IT recruiter. Although most people who never do this (ultimately it would likely just hurt their chance of landing the opportunity), IT staffing companies protect themselves just in case.
Not many job seekers go straight to IT staffing agencies and a good portion of them may not even know these companies are even out there. Therefore, the IT staffing industry as a whole needs to collectively educate job seekers to reinforce the facet that IT recruiting agencies are seen as a viable means to land their next IT job.
Getting that IT job interview is the first step of many. You need to keep your name fresh with the interviewer(s) to make sure they remember you. Sometimes there is a big gap of time between getting the interview and getting the job. Here are a few things our IT recruiters recommend going through the interview process.
1. Business Cards
Before you leave that in-person interview, ask for the hiring managers business card. Remembering the names of the people who interviewed you, as well as their proper spelling and contact information, is important.
2. Thank You Card
As we mentioned in previous blog posts, IT recruiters believe that a thank you card is one step you should not miss. It gives you a chance to answer some of the technical questions you were not able to answer during the meeting as well as reinforces your interest in the role. By going just a bit above and beyond, you can leapfrog other equally qualified candidates who did not do this. Thank the interviewers for their time.
3. Social Media Networks
Do not go and update your status on Facebook or twitter about how well you interviewed with Company X or write anything that could hurt your chances of landing that IT job. Clients working with IT staffing agencies are known to check up on your social media networks.
Follow these steps and it will help you get that next IT job!