A great paradox of the current economy is that while many technology professionals are seeking employment, chief information officers still claim finding skilled tech workers is a challenge. That's why many organizations are looking to tech staffing agencies for help.
Not exactly sure what a staffing agency is and what it offers? A staffing agency – or recruiter, employment agency or headhunter; the terms are more or less synonymous – finds candidates jobs with client firms.
And whether you're a developer, programmer, help desk technician or other technology professional looking for work, tech staffing agencies can help you find the perfect job.
Choose the right agency
Tech staffing agencies are not all the same. Seek out those that have a large enough client and geographic base to spread the widest net for you. These agencies will have more clout and reach, and chances are you'll be working with a whole team of experts focused on finding work that suits you.
Also look for agencies that offer career services and IT training, or can help connect you with Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco and other computer certification training programs.
Know the agency's focus
Keep in mind that different tech staffing agencies staff different types of positions. You need to know if a firm specializes in a specific field, such as web development, technical support or multiple technology specialties. Do a little research before submitting your resume or application to determine whether their focus matches your qualifications and goals.
Also ask whether they place candidates in both full-time and contract positions. Many employers are taking the "temp-to-hire" route as a means of evaluating skilled technology workers on the job. Even if you're looking for full-time work, temporary engagements arranged by tech staffing agencies may lead to a long-term or full-time gig once you've had a chance to impress the employer with your skills.
Keep in touch
Keeping the lines of communication open will go a long way toward helping tech staffing agencies find your perfect job. Be honest and upfront with the agency about the type of work you are seeking. For example, are you interested in overseeing system implementation on a temporary basis, landing a part-time job at a support desk or working full time as a multimedia programmer?
Also consider the type of work environment you're most interested in, as well as your desires regarding commute and travel radius.
During your job search, keep your staffing representative apprised of any new professional developments. For example, if you speak at a technology conference or teach a series of workshops on web development at your local community college, your representative can add this information to your resume and boost your credentials.
Also, be sure to let your staffing professional know about any progress you make seeking work independently. With this information on hand, your tech staffing agency should be better equipped to find the position that's best suited for your skills and goals.