Why Use a Specialist IT Recruiter? – More Than Just CV Sifting

If you are looking for the best in the IT candidate pool for your team, you will probably start by asking yourself whether you need a specialist recruitment partner. You’re not on your own, in fact we get asked the same thing on a regular basis.

Recruiting for the IT industry

If you are reading this, you are probably already in the IT world. That means you will likely be one of the logical, focused, and above all else practical, people, who make the industry tick. I could wax lyrical to you in this article about this and that, but to be frank, most of our clients come to us because they see how sensible that choice is. So, how about we keep things simple and concise, and I just give you the main reasons why having a recruitment partner is the best option? That way you can make a logical, informed decision, about whether a specialist recruitment partner is the right choice for you compared to using a general one or doing your own recruitment in house.

Expertise and Industry Knowledge Come as Standard

At the risk of stating the obvious, we have specialist understanding. That means we are specifically focused on the wider IT world and specific job functions within it. It is that specialised knowledge that enables us to identify not just the most suitable candidates, but also the ones with the potential you need. Where a general recruiter will sift CVs and look for specific listed skills, we are well-versed in the nuances, trends, and demands of the industry. That valuable insight means we can work more effectively with clients and candidates. In contrast, general recruitment agencies handle a broad range of job roles and industries, which can dilute their expertise in any one area.

In house recruitment may well bring highly specialised area knowledge but you also need to add a second specialism into the mix to get the best results. We are also recruitment professionals who bring an additional set of skills to the table outside the IT specific ones.

Understanding the Market

As a specialist recruiter we make it our business to understand the industry trends and technological developments that matter most to our clients. Where a general recruiter will just take your job description and run it, we can advise on current market salaries, how to appeal to specific talent by understanding what it is they are looking for from an employer, what candidates can reasonably expect from employment contracts, and other specifics of the IT recruitment world. In short, our specialist advice and guidance mean that you are assured of taking the right approach before you even begin your search for the right candidate.

Access to a Niche Talent Pool

We have an extensive network of candidates and contacts specific to the IT space. This network includes passive candidates—those not actively seeking new opportunities but open to the right offer—who are often the top performers in their industry. This is something that few companies have the resources to develop, and more general recruiters don’t have a focus on. Either way the reduced access to a wider talent pool is not helping you get the candidate choice you need.

Efficiency and Time-Saving

The bottom line is that unless you are specialised already, the recruitment process can be time-consuming and resource intensive. We streamline the process by quickly identifying and shortlisting the most suitable candidates. Our industry knowledge allows us to match candidates to roles more efficiently, reducing the time to hire and the costs associated with a vacant role.

Reducing Risk of a Bad Hire

Hiring the wrong candidate is a costly mistake. In fact, it is estimated that hiring the wrong person can end up costing three time the annual salary for the role. We help mitigate the risk of a bad hire by thoroughly vetting candidates. We focus on ensuring a strong match with the job requirements and, just as importantly, company culture.

General agencies, with their broader focus, might not provide the same level of assurance. In-house teams, while dedicated, might not have the same rigorous vetting processes. Financially speaking, using a specialist recruiter may well save you thousands.

The Importance of Offering More than CV Filtering

All successful businesses recognise that it is an effective team that carries you forward. Your recruitment process is the conduit to the talented people who will make up that team. Therefore, a specialist IT recruiter simply makes sense because it is the most effective way to make sure that recruitment conduit works at it most efficient.

The most effective way to recruit a good team is always going to be to have a specialist in your corner. They will bring their specific skillset to the process and ensure you see the talented and skilled people you need.

We have only really brushed the surface of the advantages of using a specialist recruitment partner in this article. As with any good recruitment agency we also look to build long term relationships with our clients and really understand their employment needs. We are more than just IT specialists; we are also recruitment experts and professionals. However, it is the experience, access to niche talent pools, efficiency, quality of candidates, tailored strategies, risk mitigation and complete understanding of the IT world, which makes using a specialist recruiter the logical choice.

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