The Ultimate How-To Guide for Technical Recruitment

Ratheesh ManivannanRatheesh Manivannan | Fri, Mar 17, 2017

It’s difficult enough for hiring managers to fill a regular position. The planning and work needed to source, interview, and hire a viable employee is enormous. But staffing projects with technical workers can be even more difficult, as many of the same problems still apply. You have to find an independent contractor whose skills match your project’s requirements, and you often have to do so in a shorter period. 

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This may seem like a daunting task, but you can’t avoid it. After all, a mismatched technical worker can wreak havoc on your project. These professionals need to be knowledgeable and efficient to give your team the support it needs. If they aren’t, your staff will be more likely to get hung up on unnecessary problems. This will ultimately cost you more money and increase your risk of missing important deadlines. 

That’s why technical recruitment is so important for many agencies. Unfortunately, very few create an effective strategy for this process. This article will outline a few basic steps that will help you find the most qualified professionals for your specific task.

Prioritize the Right Traits

When companies seek technical workers, they tend to fixate on qualifications and abilities. However, they often expect too much from potential applicants, and this can cause capable professionals to take themselves out of the running before they even apply. This can lead to shortened candidate pools and longer search times, which ultimately cost valuable time and money.

Before you start looking for technical workers, you need to understand the traits they need to do their job properly within the allotted period. Remember that contractors usually demand more money if they have a proven track record. You’ll need to evaluate your budgetary constraints, project timeline, and project requirements before you even start your technical recruitment efforts.

Post the Right Job Ad

Knowing what you want and conveying it to a relevant audience are two entirely different things. Your project may call for a very specific set of skills, but you won’t find the right technical worker if you don’t communicate this information well. A good job posting doesn’t just tell an applicant what you expect. It also tells them what you need them to do. 

You can’t just ask for a technical worker who has certain qualifications and skills. You also need to tell applicants about the duties they’ll perform, your work environment, and other details that are relevant to the project. This will help them recognize whether they will be able to deliver the services you expect.

Convey Your Company’s Advantages

It always helps to ask one question before you start the technical recruitment process: why should an independent contractor help you? Beyond the fact that you’ll pay them, what does this job offer them that they can’t get elsewhere? After all, you probably wouldn’t settle for a subpar technical worker, but these professionals’ skills are in high demand. Why should they sign on with you instead of another company that may prove more lucrative or interesting? 

You need to show contractors the best side of your business. Do you work on exciting or innovative projects? Is your office culture stimulating and inviting? You can leverage assets like these to promote your company to applicants.

Work with a Credible Recruitment Agency

Technical recruitment is never easy, and some hiring managers just don’t have time to seek out additional workers. The right recruiter can save your bacon if this happens to you. They know all the best sourcing, interviewing, and hiring techniques, so they’ll be able to find the best technical contractor for your needs.

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Ratheesh Manivannan

Ratheesh brings over four years of experience in talent acquisition to his role as Staffing Specialist at Ian Martin. With a focus on both the Canadian and U.S. markets, Ratheesh has a keen attention to detail and brings expertise in telecommunication, wireless, and embedded systems.

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