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everything you need to know about being an IT recruiter

Job opportunities are booming for professionals in the tech industry. Sometimes the demand for highly skilled individuals is so intense, employers have difficulty filling key roles. That's where you come in as an IT recruiter! You help employers fill important technology roles. You're a people person who's great at uncovering qualified candidates and connecting with them.

As an IT recruiter, you are an expert at zeroing in on seasoned professionals in the information technology sector. Canadian businesses are becoming increasingly invested in technology and are looking for ways to stay one step ahead of customers' needs, leading to an intense demand for professionals with technical skills such as programming, software development, and data analysis.

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average IT recruiter salaries in canada

Recruiters can expect to make a starting salary in the mid $50,000s in most Canadian markets. In 2014, the average Canadian worker took home approximately $49,000 annually, meaning most recruiters will make above the national average salary.

As with many jobs, your salary as a recruiter is highly dependent on your level of experience. Many recruiter jobs also adopt a commission model, so you can make even more than the average salaries listed below if you're exceptional at your job. People skills and a vast business network are crucial to your success.



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what IT recruiter jobs entail

IT recruiters are tasked with placing competent, tech-oriented professionals in businesses and organizations of all types. You may help clients fill any number of roles including programmers, network specialists, project managers, systems analysts, security specialists, data analysts and many others.

Once you have a clear understanding of the needs of your client, you're tasked with presenting candidates who have the right blend of experience and skills to succeed in the role. As with many recruiting jobs, IT recruiters may work virtually or be based out of an office. You will typically work full-time (35-50 hours per week) and will often work around the schedule of your clients and candidates.

your day to day tasks

IT recruiters must educate themselves on the needs of various IT jobs. Unsurprisingly, you must become an expert in the technology sector to provide clients with qualified candidates who will be successful. IT recruiters often pair traditional HR techniques (phone and in-person interviews) with digital sourcing techniques (social media, chat, job sites) in order to find the most skilled candidates.

Throughout the course of your day, your tasks will include things such as:

  • meeting with clients to understand their hiring needs
  • researching the skills and competencies needed for various roles
  • crafting effective job listings that will capture candidate applications
  • posting jobs on various job sites and boards
  • reading job applications and narrowing down candidates
  • sourcing candidates on LinkedIn and other resources
  • conducting interviews via skype, phone or in person
  • presenting candidates to clients
  • acting as a facilitator for candidates and clients
  • conducting reference and background checks
  • organizing paperwork for job offers

where you can work

With the ubiquitousness of technology in all areas of business, IT recruiter jobs are found in a variety of industries across Canada including government, finance and accounting, information technology, telecommunications, software development, and many more.

The intense demand for talented tech professionals has led companies to seek out IT recruiters who have the skill and vast networks needed to find prime candidates. The average hiring process in the technology sector lasts about a month and a half. Companies rely on IT recruiters to streamline the hiring process and find better candidates than they can on their own.

If you aren't interested in working for a single company, there are many opportunities available at recruitment agencies, some of which have departments that specialize in filling technology roles. Once you have some experience in IT recruiter jobs, you may also be able to strike out on your own as an independent IT recruiter.

what you bring to the table

To succeed in an IT recruiter job, you'll need to be an exceptional communicator and researcher. Though you aren't formally trained in the IT field, you're savvy enough to learn the lingo and understand the needs of your clients.

To be a good IT recruiter, you are able to:

  • understand clients' needs and deliver results
  • use your tech-savvy to find and connect with candidates online
  • conduct research and find candidates using online resources
  • quickly analyze the quality of resumes and applications
  • read candidates and determine if they're qualified
  • perform interviews via chat, phone and in-person
  • work as a liaison for clients and candidates
  • communicate well, both in writing and verbally
  • be open to continuous learning and updating your skills

training and certifications

IT recruiters are typically college graduates who have a degree in human resources, business, or psychology.

To become a recruiter specialized in the IT field, you will likely need prior experience in HR. Previous experience in HR in the tech industry will help you hone your specialty as an IT recruiter. To place senior and high-level candidates, several years of experience is usually required.

IT recruiters should also acquire Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) credentials in order to further demonstrate their skill and stand out in the eyes of hiring managers.

where your career is headed

IT recruiters employed by recruitment agencies or individual companies may move up to management or supervisory positions, or be hired by one of their employer-clients if they demonstrate repeated skill in delivering quality candidates.

Many IT recruiters also opt to start their own recruiting business after they gain several years of experience in the field and have built up a solid network. Often, choosing a niche (such as specializing in IT recruitment), will help you stand out from general recruiters.

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