The IT staffing is a very fast-paced, sometimes hectic industry. IT recruiters are speaking to hundreds of prospective candidates each week. Even the very best IT recruiters can find it challenging to ensure they keep all of their candidates organized and within reach. Additionally, in the IT recruiting world, clients typically needed IT contractors “yesterday.” Therefore, when an IT job order gets called in, IT recruiters need to tap into their candidate network immediately and/or begin their IT recruiting process as quickly as possible. Days are hectic and nights can be long depending upon the client’s sense of urgency. Therefore, the IT staffing industry is not for everyone. Those who do not do well under pressure or thrive in a hectic environment, best not enter the IT recruiting world. On the flip side, people who like to be busy and thrive on an ever-changing job, tend to fare very well in the IT staffing industry.
A typical day for an IT recruiter….is anything but typical. They will usually be assigned to one IT job order. As they search the IT staffing agency’s database, and other IT job boards such as Monster, Dice, CareerBuilder, Hot Jobs, they will make dozens (if not hundreds) of calls. Or they will send out countless emails every day. As people respond, the IT recruiter works to communicate with each person via email or phone. As the IT recruiter is taking the time to respond to every person, additional prospective candidates continue to flood in via postings or responses. On many occasions, as these tasks are keeping an IT recruiter busy, he or she may have a handful of internal candidate interviews as well. This adds more work to an already busy day.
As you can see, a day in the life of an IT recruiter is typically hectic. However, for the right person who thrives on the fast-paced, exciting work environment, the IT staffing industry can be extremely rewarding (both in terms of monetarily and intrinsic satisfaction as the IT recruiter is ultimately helping people find work).