Technical recruiting should be technical…but somehow, this is rarely the case. A mainstream tech recruiting agency tends to look eerily familiar to firms in every other major industry. Recruiters plug keywords into convenient online search engines like LinkedIn Recruiter to collect a large volume of “matched” results.
It’s ironic that technical hiring can prove so difficult (time-to-hire for technical positions regularly tops the charts). We’re living in the 2020s now, and somehow the technology sector—of all industries—conducts talent acquisition with many of the same rudimentary techniques that were available 5, 10, or 20 years ago. We can do so much better than emailing resumés and cover letters or assessing a candidate through rote interview questions.
By definition, a tech recruiter is more specialized than your standard headhunter or recruiting agency. These technical talent acquisition experts focus narrowly on filling hard-to-fill positions in IT and engineering (such as DevOps, robotics engineers, or database architects).