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TEKsystems Survey Reveals IT Job Seekers Crave a More Personal Touch in the Job Search Process

MarketWatch (01/24/12)

Information technology staffing solutions firm TEKsystems reports its quarterly IT Professional Perspectives Survey found IT professionals primarily value clear and realistic views of a job opportunity and feedback throughout the hiring process. “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 present challenges to employers due to the abundance of résumés and the tendency for skill exaggeration on résumés. 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.”

When asked who they consult with most frequently during the job search process, 59% of IT professionals report the No. 1 resource they confer with is a recruiter. “IT professionals want to talk with someone who can shed real light on an opportunity rather than just sharing what’s written on the job description. Many IT hiring managers are just too busy to make all these calls and share all this information themselves; and a job board, of course, cannot speak to potential candidates. That’s where great recruiters come in,” states Russell.