Dear Recruiter: Help Me Help You
As we head into the second half of 2012, I average about 3 to 4 calls/emails from recruiters per week. In contrast to the overall job market which is still not doing so well, the market for information technology professionals is quite lively, especially in and around the metro areas. Hot skills include the following:
- information security
- unified communications
- virtualization and cloud
- mobile development
- anything that has Citrix in it
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but I am contacted about these needs quite often.
For the record, I am quite happy in my current role as an independent consultant providing a broad range of services around Information Security and IT Operations. That said, I am always ready to listen to a good opportunity – if not for myself, then for one of my friends or colleagues. I’m also happy to connect with good recruiters, as the good ones are worth their weight in gold.
What I need, and what I’m finding hard to obtain, is a good job description. Yes, I realize that as a job placement specialist, you’re trying to move as quickly as possible to address the ever-shifting needs of fickle employers, but you need to let those same employers understand that they’re not going to get suitable candidates when they can’t clearly articulate what the role is, what the compensation looks like, who it reports to, and what skills are essential to being successful in it.
Not only will I not bother to consider vague job specs for myself (and we have to have a very good relationship before I’ll violate that rule), I won’t pass them on to any of my colleagues or contacts either. It just wastes everyone’s time.
Send me a solid job spec, and I’ll let you know if I fit, if I have friends that fit, and I’ll be willing to see who else in my network fits. Nebulous job specifications will generate an entirely different sort of response.
It’s only reasonable.