If you’re an information technology professional, you know that there are a countless number of IT recruiting firms to choose from when you’re in need help of your next assignment. Therefore, when searching for the best technical recruiting agency to partner with, consider some of the following as not all IT staffing companies are created equal:
1) How long has the IT recruiting firm been in business?
– Was the company created after the recent economic recession or did they make it through the downturn? Unfortunately, or fortunately, recessions typically weed out the weaker technical staffing companies and only the strong survive.
2) How many IT recruiters and/or IT staffing offices does the company have?
– This would be a good indication of the size of the IT staffing agency, and potentially the attention that you’ll receive.
3) Google the IT staffing firms and find out what clients and prospective IT job seekers have written about them. In the information technology age, there are a number of ways to get feedback.
4) Do the IT staffing comanies have a vertical industry niche that matches your background or a strong footprint with local companies that you’re interested in working for?
Looking for new opportunities, tired of the same routine, or seeking better benefits… you know when your time is up at an IT job, on to the next one right? Sure, but never leave a position empty handed. Always have recommendations in hand and leave on good terms. Give Notice—and Feedback Never drop a bombshell on an employer or IT recruiters, give at least two weeks notice prior to your departure. This will allow companies and/or IT staffing firms to find a replacement and transition him into your role. This is your chance to stand out and prove how well you have mastered tasks by teaching your acquired skills. Having a meeting to explain why you wish to leave your role allows the company or IT recruiting company to see where it needs to improve its strategies and goals. This meeting also provides you with the opportunity to gain quality feedback on your performance. When meeting with technical recruiters, explain what you disliked about the position so they can place you in a role that is more geared toward your interests. Finish Strong “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”- Steve Prefontaine You might feel lazy and wish to do the bare minimum during your remaining time, but fight the urge. Finish strong and tie any loose ends. Leave with a lasting impression, as these last few days will be the foundation of your recommendation and determine if your IT staffing agency will use you for upcoming placements. If there is an unresolved issue, fix it before your replacement takes on your role, it eases the frustrations on both ends. Be sure to introduce your replacement to your partners so they understand each other’s roles and how to communicate with one another. Stay on Good Terms—Connected and Recommended Treat all coworkers from the past as if they are still in the next cubicle over. If you have not already, network with your IT recruiters Boston, co-workers, and managers on Linkedin. You never know when you are applying to a new position who could be the hiring manager and if you share connections. Your daily water cooler talk could be the lead way in transitioning your career. Speaking ill of previous experiences puts you on a pedestal of negativity. Do not be tempted to bad mouth an old employer or technical recruiting agency no matter how harshly you were treated or if your expectations were not met. When you cannot think of anything you enjoyed during your time at the position, speak of the skills you attained and how you wish to use them to advance your career. Be Grateful Your previous employer took you on their team—and payroll. Be thankful that they allowed you to share this experience by sending a brief thank you note. Thank your IT staffing representative for their hard work and effort to secure you a position and wish that they keep you in mind for upcoming roles. If you seemed to have burned a bridge in the process, it might be salvageable. Admit your faults and, as mentioned before, finish strong.