ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Types of IT Recruiting and IT Recruitment Trends

Updated on January 9, 2018
tamarawilhite profile image

Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of 2, and a published sci-fi and horror author.

Types of IT Recruiting

IT recruiters do both upstream and downstream recruiting. Upstream recruiting is the process of building a talent bank, the modern version of the rolodex filled with the contact information of vetted professionals. Downstream recruiting is recruitment for jobs that need to be filled today.

IT recruiters can also act as the middle-men in the development of business process outsourcing and crowd-sourcing.

Recruiters should work through the large group of applicants to supply a small group that is completely qualified.
Recruiters should work through the large group of applicants to supply a small group that is completely qualified. | Source

Recruiting - Upstream, Downstream or Both?

IT recruiters must work on both upstream and downstream recruiting. The IT professional who is happy with his employer today may become the perfect fit for a future position when downsized by his current employer and will come calling the recruiter he knows when his contract runs out.


Passive candidates who are not interested in a position today may be willing to jump at a great offer later or provide leads to qualified candidates who are available for the position you need to fill today. Without a talent bank built up by upstream recruiting, it is hard for the IT recruiter to fill personnel requisitions quickly from the existing talent pool.

Furthermore, recruiters who keep in touch with IT personnel can update their database as the credentials and qualifications of the talent bank changes, giving them an instant lead when someone upgrades their skill set but cannot get a higher paying position with his or her current employer.


Both types of recruiting must balance speed with quality and cost. Recruiters who present poor quality candidates in short order lose credibility, while recruiters who take too long to find quality candidates will lose out when an internal company referral fills the position.

Recruiters must also balance the privacy of the job candidates with their clients. For example, a recruiter should be careful about helping those who want to leave a company for which the recruiter regularly finds new candidates. If it is discovered that you helped the person who left the company find a better job, the employer may be averse to asking you to help fill any of their open positions, much less the one your efforts led to becoming vacant.

IT Recruiting and Business Process Outsourcing

IT recruiters are occasionally called in to assist with business process outsourcing (BPO) and IT outsourcing abroad. IT recruiters may be asked to find an international firm that can design, test and deliver a functional website or provide 24x7x365 support for virtual servers.

Or IT recruiters are asked to recommend IT firms that can take over the entire IT department's function. Which IT service providers have good reputations and can handle everything from first level technical support to server maintenance to IT security?


In an increasingly mobile workforce, recruiters need to be careful to present candidates whose schedules fit the employer's needs. Is this candidate available to start when needed? Is he or she planning on working a year on a six month contract? Does the employer need someone who can work 80 hours a week until the upgrade is done, while the candidate is looking for a part time position until eligible for retirement?

The Future of IT Recruiting

IT recruiters should look beyond the standard job of filling IT management and consulting positions. Hardware support and service are still in demand across the country, because these jobs cannot be outsourced abroad. Moving from servers in the corporate computer room to consolidated data centers has moved hardware jobs, but they have not gone away. IT certifications are proliferating.


Recruiters need to know who in their talent pool is qualified to certify a system as meeting ISO, ITAR, HIPAA and federal security standards. IT process and change management expertise are increasingly in demand, as ISO standards mandating these experts become commonplace. IT recruitment has even reached the supply chain department, as companies need to hire consultants who can help them identify the right hardware and software for their needs.

IT recruiters can help companies and small businesses find good crowd-sourcing platforms, develop crowd-sourcing project management skills within the company and train employers how to vet and manage crowd source workers.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)