Information technology (IT) recruiters find, screen, and hire job applicants in the information technology sector. Formal education, typically at the bachelor's level, and prior experience are usually preferred among staffing firms and other types of businesses that engage IT recruiters.
|Required Education||Bachelor's degree in information systems or similar field|
|Other Requirements||1-3 years of previous experience in information technology|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||5% for all human resources specialists|
|Median Salary (May 2015)*||$58.350 for all human resources specialists|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
IT Recruiter Job Description
Small to large companies use IT recruiters to hire professionals for areas of technology. Some of the professional positions include system architects, analysts, developers, engineers, and technical support staff members.
To find companies that need their IT recruiting services, recruiters may solicit businesses by cold calling, networking, or requesting referrals. Upon establishing relationships with those who need recruiting services, recruiters assist in the development of strategies and improvements to the hiring process. Recruiters must also understand each company's policies and procedures, as well as any governmental guidelines and laws that must be followed prior to the hiring of job applicants.
IT recruiters create a pool of candidates through job fairs, social networking, community organizations, Internet data mining, and media channels. Recruiters proceed with the identification of potential candidates through screening and interviewing their pool of applicants. Usually, recruiters are also responsible for completing job applicant background checks and other pre-employment procedures.
IT recruiters are the communication link between the hiring company and the job applicant. Recruiters are responsible for staying in touch with job applicants and assisting providing them with guidance in their job search. Duties may also include the negotiation of salaries between the hiring company and the job candidate.
Becoming an IT Recruiter
Companies that hire recruiters usually prefer a minimum of 1-3 years of experience in information technology. They also prefer a bachelor's degree or equivalent educational experience. Though no specific type of degree is generally required, a degree in business, communication, information systems or a related field is usually sought.
Potential recruiters must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as being skilled in their time management, problem solving, and organizational abilities. They must be able to operate computers and software programs, such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as use of the Internet and e-mail. IT recruiters must have the ability to interview job candidates effectively and assess candidates accurately.
Employment Outlook and Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), human resources specialists, a group that includes IT recruiters, earned a median salary of $58,350 as of May 2015. The BLS also predicted that human resources specialists could see employment increase by 5% during the 2014-2024 decade, which is about average.
An IT recruiter position will likely require a bachelor's degree in information systems or similar field and up to 3 years of experience in information technology in order to successfully find, assess, and hire the right IT candidates for business and represent those same IT professionals in their job search.