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Develop your career faster: befriend a recruiter

Posted by Travis O'Rourke, Hays Canada VP, Contract Division, on Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

Hays Blog: LeBron has an agent. You have a recruiter.Are you working with whichever recruiter comes along? Or leaving it too late in your job hunt to build a relationship with one? Being proactive about befriending a few IT recruiters in your region could be the best way to get the career you want.

Let someone else do the heavy lifting in your career plan.

IT professionals with in-demand skill sets often receive numerous calls and online connections about job opportunities, and it seems like you have all the options you need. But what if someone else could review the available jobs and find the ones that are the best fit for your skills, goals, and long-term plans?

Consider yourself LeBron James and a recruiter is your agent. When LeBron was looking to leave Miami he didn't picked up the phone and started making cold calls or sending emails to test interest. That's the job of the recruiter - to quietly test the waters in the market and see if another organization would match well with your needs and wants. Whether you’re moving contract to contract, or looking for the full-time job that will give you career growth, befriending a recruiter is the efficient way to drive your career.

Find the best fit
What do you want from a job? The highest salary, the best perks, the biggest benefits, or fast career growth? Your recruiter knows what you’re looking for, and they can make sure you’re only applying for jobs that will meet your lifestyle requirements, and long-term career goals.

Save time
What if instead of reviewing your own resume, weighing job options, and assessing different career paths in your free time, you could have an expert working on your behalf, freeing you up to focus on your current job and skill set? That’s the beauty of having a recruiter on your side – they’ll do that work for you.

Always looking ahead
If you’re a contractor there’s always that awareness of a looming end date. Have confidence that someone else is working on your behalf to help line up your next role – aligned with your career and lifestyle needs – whenever you’re ready. And for those in full-time work, you can give your recruiter the outline of your next career goals and they'll be keeping an eye out on your behalf.

Get the latest market insights
Your recruiter is at the front line of the IT labour market and they can help guide you towards the skill sets and specialization that will optimize your income and career options. From specific market research and reports, to knowing which companies are hiring or expanding, your recruiter can help you understand the bigger picture and navigate your career accordingly.

Save time, be more comfortable at work, and be secure in your future career by building a relationship with one or two recruiters who can work on your behalf, with your best interests in mind.

Job Title Location Job ID
Global IT Manager Vaughan 1047849
Senior Enterprise Architect Vancouver 1040366
IT Support Analyst Calgary 1049218
Application Solution Designer Toronto 1048949
Front End Developer Ottawa 1048873
Senior Mobile Developer Montreal 1049176


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