Most companies today have an internal recruiting individual or team, or use an outside staffing, recruiting, or Executive search firm to find the talent that they need. It doesn’t matter if you are just entering into the job force or you are the CEO of a fortune 50 company, you need to network and be friendly with recruiters. Even if you sit on the board of directors and will never look for another job a day in your life, you will need to hire again and possibly even replace someone discreetly. You should have a network of great recruiters and recruiting companies who you can call and who will always deliver on time. It’s time to stop the madness and Free Recruiters of their bad stigma.
Recruiting is not going anywhere, in fact, according to Staffing Industry Analysts, 2013 looks to be a terrific year for the staffing and recruiting business and the 3.8 Trillion Dollar IT Industry is on the “Trend to Spend” as well. Experts predict that IT temporary staffing usage will rise by 12% between 2012 and 2013. I read an article written by Claire Maynard, where it was stated that, “The requirements for IT staff have not gone down; companies are simply choosing to change how they fill the need. This includes moving from hiring full-time staff to utilizing temporary or consulting agencies to fill staffing needs.”
My point of providing you with that information is that, if you are a valuable employee to some company somewhere, you want to have a great recruiter and recruiting firm in your back pocket at all times. You also want to make sure your resume and social media brand is as clean as a whistle because recruiters are not just searching job boards anymore and as I stated in a former article, LinkedIn is no longer enough. I know recruiters that only search for talent on Twitter, or through blogging only. I even know a recruiter who only sources for talent on Match.com…lol!
Most recruiters are in this business because they genuinely love helping people find employment, so people give the recruiters a break. They are here to help you not to annoy you or hurt you. And yes, sometimes they don’t understand what it is that you do, so take a few minutes and explain it to them in the simplest terms because the reality is, they are in touch with the big and small companies who are looking for talent such as you and you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to find your next gig or hire your next star employee.
So, I write this article, holding my picket signs singing, “Free Recruiters!” “Free Recruiters!” “Free Recruiters!!!”
Passionate about all things Hiring & Recruiting
Dee Williams is the Owner and Principal of Identifize Consulting which is a boutique consulting firm that was developed based on a vision of replenishing the world’s economy by uniting and educating the minds of the recruiting industry and professional job seekers alike. Identifize Consulting offers: a variety of recruiter training & coaching programs, resumes writing solutions, executive search, career coaching, and personal branding services for Professionals and job seekers.
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