Recruiters seek IT professionals as agents show inadequate grasp of technology

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Recruiters seek IT professionals as agents show inadequate grasp of technology

Bill Goodwin

An IT recruitment agency aims to persuade IT professionals to swap hands-on work with technology for a career schmoozing with employers and potential recruits.

Recruitment firm Robert Walters claims there is a shortage of recruitment agents that have a real understanding of technology.

"If you are a candidate for a job, one of the real questions about recruitment agents is, do they really know what they are talking about from a technology perspective? There are a lot that do it really badly," said Jason Addicott, associate director at the recruitment agency.

The agency has begun what it describes as an intensive campaign to find IT professionals willing to make the move from the IT department into recruitment.

Recruitment will not suit all IT professionals. It needs people with strong communication and people skills, in addition to an understanding of technology, says Jason Addicott.

"Those at the top of their game can earn a six figure salary. For people who have reached a critical juncture in IT, it could a good opportunity," Addicott said.

Stories of recruitment companies who have little practical experience putting forward candidates forward for unsuitable positions are rife within the industry.

In one case, a recruitment agent pressurised a systems architect to apply for an Oracle development job. The candidate did not have the right skills but the agent believed he was suitable after finding the word Oracle in his CV using a computer search, said Addicott.

Addicott, who made the move from IT to recruitment after studying software engineering, said he is looking to hire IT professionals with the technical knowledge and enthusiasm to succeed in recruitment.


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