What’s the deal with IT recruitment agencies?
Posted by Mitch on 14th October 2015
The agency type that attracts by far the most opprobrium are those in IT.
The Internet is littered with blogs and discussion threads, all written by people in their target audience and all being incredibly hostile to IT recruiters.
If you’re an IT recruiter, it might be an idea to read that first. That way you’ll see that, by comparison, I’m a pussycat.
It’s something that’s been going on for almost as long as the Internet has existed.
It could be argued that IT agencies attract the most online negative press because IT people spend more time online that anyone else – but that would miss the point because the themes expressed by these techies are fairly consistent. The most common laments are:
1. A lack of basic understanding of the technology.
2. No basic research.
3. Poorly worded emails.
4. Oafish sales tactics.
So why haven’t these agencies done anything about any of these things?
Not only have they not done anything, they seem to have gotten worse.
There must be a huge opportunity for some IT recruitment agencies to stand out from their competition, given the level of complaints and derision their sector attracts. Most successful businesses listen to the feedback from their user base – but not IT recruitment agencies.
Yet they all seem to hire the same types of young inexperienced people who like to call them themselves “Talent Acquisition Consultants” barely 6 months after working as a sales assistant in River Island.
And they all seem say the same things on their websites, job ads and emails.
It’s like the more they get criticised and lampooned, the worse they get.
Do they know something the rest of us don’t, or are they just totally fucking stupid?
I admire those IT recruitment agencies that do position themselves and act differently, but it must be incredibly frustrating swimming in that particular sea of effluence.
Or maybe it’s the hiring companies fault? Afterall, it’s them that give out these job vacancies to these agencies.
Are they just totally fucking stupid too?
Please, enlighten me. I’m all ears.