IT Job Seekers Get Personal

Survey shows that IT job seekers may take a more personal approach to the job search process than IT employers.

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According to a recent study of IT professionals conducted by TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, human capital management expertise and IT services, IT job seekers crave a more personal approach in the hiring process.

The IT Professional Perspectives Survey (ITPPS) indicates that the majority of IT job seekers begin their search with self-reflection, reassessing their skills, goals and interests – contradicting the popular assumption that IT professionals rely exclusively on technology to perform their search.

“As IT professionals go through their own process of job searching, organizations should go through a similar self-evaluation to determine what skills, knowledge and abilities enable people to excel within their organization,” says TEKsystems Director, Rachel Russell.

“Job boards are the quickest way for IT professionals to feel like they’re getting out there and searching for a job. But given that so many people are on the job boards, it’s a hard place to stand out. Job boards also present challenges to employers due to the abundance of resumes and the tendency for skill exaggeration on resumes. The unrivaled leader in terms of effective job search tactics is networking. Credible referrals from people you trust are the best avenue to a new job that’s a truly good fit.”

The study also revealed that IT professionals primarily look for clear and realistic views of a job opportunity and feedback throughout the hiring process—91% and 88% of respondents, respectively, say these two pieces of information are helpful in attracting them to an opportunity.

Additionally, 68% of IT professionals indicate that obtaining feedback throughout the hiring process is the most difficult challenge they face when looking for a new job.

“Understanding what IT job seekers want and what companies are offering means a recruiter can find better people, faster. Critical decision factors like development opportunities and a defined career path do not come out in a job description—they come out as result of conversation and engagement.”

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