How to become a top IT recruiter, job-seekers say
The number of IT recruits has surged in recent years, as the industry has seen an explosion in online job listings.
But the job market has been a tough place for young talent, with the average age of IT workers falling by about 25% in the past decade.
The demand for young candidates, however, is not yet there, according to LinkedIn, which offers training courses for employers, and some job seekers say they’re not receiving any training.
The online job-seeking site also said it would be increasing training courses in a bid to get the job-hunting process better.
But a new report from the recruiting firm, Hire Me, has found that the training is not getting through to young people.
The report, titled HireMe: How To Build a Great Career In IT, found that of the 4,000 recruiters surveyed, only half of them were offering the training courses required to get a top job.
Those who were offering training courses to help recruiters land top jobs were also not offering them to students, according the report.
The majority of those surveyed were training only to help their clients land positions, with a few saying they were doing the training for clients in the hope of getting a job at the top of the industry.
“I’ve been in IT for more than 20 years, and I know that people can’t do this job for themselves,” one recruiter told Hireme.
“You’re going to be judged based on your qualifications and not on your ability.”
Job seekers said they were concerned that they could be passed over if they failed to receive training.
“There’s a lot of pressure to be a candidate.
If you’re a student who wants to be the next Tom Cruise, I’m afraid you’re going too far,” one recruiter told Hiring.
“We’re just starting out, and the industry needs to do a better job of making sure it’s really a training program,” another recruiter said.
“It’s important that people who are really passionate about IT understand that the best thing you can do in IT is to work for someone else.”
Hire-Me also found that more than half of the companies that are recruiting for IT jobs did not offer training to recruiters.
“Some of the recruiters I talked to were being a little bit disingenuous.
They were telling me they were training their staff, and that they were going to give us training, and then they didn’t,” one candidate told Hires.
“But they don’t have to do that.
We are training for them, and they are training us.
They don’t need to be told that they can’t.”
LinkedIn also found a shortage of recruiters, with just a quarter of employers offering training to applicants.
The site also found one-third of IT jobs are not being filled, and nearly half of all job-seeker recruits said they have not been hired.