As any technology job seeker can attest, the search for employment can be difficult and frustrating at times. Rather than go the journey alone, get a team of experts on your side. For help finding the right tech job, consider working with an employment agency.
However, keep in mind that not every tech employment agency is the same. Ideally, the one you choose to work with should be as comfortable navigating the tech world as you are. Here's how you can find the specialized staffing firm that understands what you do as well as you do.
Look for a specialist
Whether you're looking for a temporary tech job or full-time work, first identify an employment agency that consistently places technology workers in the types of positions you're interested in. Some employment agencies staff a wide range of positions across various industries. You'll have a better chance of finding the job that best suits you if you choose an agency that specializes in tech. They'll have deeper connections within the local technology community, as well as a better understanding of how to market your unique skills.
Your employment agency should talk the talk, so seek a firm whose staffing specialists have technical backgrounds. Many of Robert Half Technology's recruiters, for example, worked in technology before starting their staffing careers. Because they understand not only what you do but also what qualities companies are looking for in an IT candidate, technology employment agencies can better match your skills with employers' needs.
Check out their background
Take time to research an employment agency before registering with it. Peruse the content on the staffing firm's website, blog, including any reports or thought leadership publications on technology trends. This can give you a sense of how clued-in they are to the industry. Also look for candidate testimonials.
Check in with your professional network as well. Chances are you know at least a few people who have worked with an employment agency in the past. Which firms have they registered with? Which do they recommend? Why?
Once you've scheduled a meeting with a recruiter at a technology employment agency, prepare a list of questions to ask during your interview. Do they typically place the type of position you're looking for? Have they placed workers at the types of companies you want to work for?
Keep in mind that even the most successful employment agency can present you only as well as you present yourself. Update your resume and cover letter with details about your skill set and experience, and be specific when describing your qualifications. The more details you provide the employment agency, the better equipped they'll be to find the right position for you.