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A Day in the Life of an IT Recruiter

Nov 11 , 2015

Recruiting involves many different skills and services in human resources management.

What happens in a typical recruiter's day? Let's explore a day in the life of "Jim" the IT recruiter to gain some insight into how recruiting happens.

When Jim comes into the office in the morning, several things probably call for his attention right away. Jim will have to be intentional about how he spends his time so that his activities have the desired results of matching up qualified people to open positions he has been hired to fill.

Managing Competing Priorities

If Jim is building or has built a talent pipeline, he probably relies on social media as one of the ways to make connections that keep the pipeline humming. So if Jim hasn't already checked his professional social media pages for new activity to which he can respond and from which he can cull names for the talent pipeline, he may do that when he gets into the office.

It's important for Jim to decide in advance how much time to spend on social media, since it is a time-sucking beast that can derail even the most motivated recruiters (or anyone for that matter). The good news is, a disciplined social media user can accomplish a great deal in just a few minutes a day.

Another thing that will want Jim's attention is his email and phone messages. Applicants may want an update on new opportunities or the status of jobs they've applied for, companies may have new open positions to discuss, or community leaders may want to chat about upcoming networking events that could yield more talent for the pipeline.

Meeting face-to-face has many benefits for recruiters.

Working to Fill Positions

An IT recruiter's bread and butter comes from filling open positions, so they will spend significant time posting jobs in various places and reviewing resumes sent for jobs they have posted. Because IT recruiters may get over 100 resumes for a single position at times, they typically use computer software to pre-screen resumes and find the few that are actually qualified for the position.

Because they also don't get any qualified candidates for some positions, they use their talent pipelines to identify qualified candidates, whom they will have to contact to find out if the identified candidates are interested in applying for the position. Without talent pipelines, it may be nearly impossible to fill some open positions that have specific skill sets or experience requirements.

The Power Lunch (or Dinner)

The best recruiters don't eat lunch at their desks or grab snacks from the vending machine, they use their lunch break (and sometimes dinner) to jump-start their recruiting and connect with people who can further their efforts. It may be a recruit from the talent pipeline that they want to get to know better, a community leader with networking opportunities, or a company-client with which they want to communicate about a position that is open. Talking to people in real life has many benefits beyond the ones listed above.

GDH offers recruiting services to fill open positions from our talent network or other sources. Contact us today to see how your company can benefit.