One of the things that distinguishes IT recruiters from their distant cousins in, say, financial services recruitment, is that, while most disciplines and jobs have their own language, IT is in a class of its own.
Now a lot of people who work in IT recruitment are experts in their field. But some do come in from ‘outside’, particularly from other recruitment companies where their track record has been excellent but they are now seeking ‘a new challenge’. They know they need to learn new skills and indeed a whole new vocabulary. Imagine, if you will, you’re one of these newbies, and consider the following examples, all lifted from what used to be called ‘chat rooms’, but are now known as Linkedin Groups….
“I use VB.Net with a XDoc object and LINQ to XML to do al my XML parsing. VB.Net is superior in these tasks as C#, so make your life easy..”
“Why notepad? Yuck! There is notepad++. I use it for Python on Windows all the time. Great for batch files too. Syntax highlighting, Python ...”
“I used itextsharp, apache fop in several c# applications for converting html to pdf and also to add/edit content..”
Now, if you’re not actually a .net developer, you’re probably wondering what on earth this is all about. And if you’re a new, wet-behind-the-ears graduate, you’ll need to learn quickly. One thing that does distinguish the great IT recruiters from the rest is that they really can have a conversation with a line manager or techie and show that they not only do they understand their needs in terms of recruitment but they also know their C++ from their elbow. So mind your language and buckle down to learning.
Alma Kettles, Senior Digital and IT Recruiter, Be-IT Resourcing