What makes a great IT recruiter? What kind of person does this job - and what are the like when they are not working with candidates and clients?
Here, in the first of a series of interview with the Be-IT team, we hope to provides some answers!
Name: Alma Kettles
Job Title: Senior Digital & IT Recruiter
What other jobs have you done apart from being a recruiter?
Tractor driver while at Uni, and I spent 6 months as a Midwife’s Assistant when I moved out to Sydney in 1994. However, weighing placentas wasn’t my forte so I left to join the advertising industry.
What it your biggest disaster at work (anywhere)?
Dropping a placenta on the floor of the birthing room. Slippery things!
Do you think that techies make good recruiters, and if so why (or if not, why not)?
Can’t say I’ve met a Recruiter who was a techie in a former life. It’s not a typical career move in my experience. However, I’d say there would be advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, a techie could delve much deeper into tech speak with a hiring manager than a non-techie. On the downside, some techies are not renowned for having the best people skills in the world and you have to love people in this job.
Who in the Be-IT office makes you laugh, and why?
They all do to be honest, but if I had to pick one I’d say Stuart Alexander. His humour is dry, dark and twisted.
Why is IT recruitment different from other recruiting jobs (e.g. High Street)?
I find IT recruitment far more interesting and dynamic than other recruitment sectors. Clients and candidates expect you to have current knowledge of the ever-changing technology landscape, so the learning curve is constant. I love that aspect of IT recruitment. In contrast, with the likes of Office Services recruitment, the job descriptions and technologies required haven’t changed much over the years. IT recruitment is incredibly fast-paced and suits people with high energy levels, so no wallflowers need apply! It also helps if you are passionate about, and intrigued by, the changing digital/IT landscape. There’s never a dull moment when you recruit for this sector.
What is the funniest thing you’ve seen in your recruitment career?
This is a hard one. Wish I had a story about a candidate who turned up for interview cross-dressed as Hilda Ogden - but I don’t (if you’re under 30 you won’t have a Scooby about who she is, sorry!). Pass >
Favourite food and drink and where in the world would you like to be when you are having them?
John Dory and a glass of Cloudy Bay wine sitting at the Icebergs restaurant on Bondi Beach.
Recommend a restaurant and/or bar for us?
For a very special occasion I’d have to say the The Old Course Hotel (Road Hole) restaurant in St Andrews (good shout – Ed). For a great and cheap nosh up, you can’t go past the Strathmore Arms in Glamis Village, Kirriemuir.
What’s your view of the market just now – where are the real challenges?
Biggest challenge for clients at the moment is the shortage of good candidates who are committed to their interview process. There are so few candidates available for so many roles (especially development positions). If clients are not quick to review CVs, respond, interview and offer, they will miss out. A good .NET Developer can add their CV to a job board in the morning, have 10 calls from recruiters by lunch time, have 3 interviews lined up by the end of the week and be off the market within days.
Biggest challenge for candidates at the moment is being harassed by recruiters who are measured on how many CVs they can send out in a day. Informed candidates will work closely with only a couple of respected recruitment agents whom they trust. No candidate wants their CV carpet bombed around town without their approval only to find out that there were no live roles at those companies to begin with. Rule of thumb, always ask your recruiter to get your approval before sending your CV out to any of their clients.
What do candidates need to do better to help you get them a job?
A well-constructed CV with concise and relevant content is crucial. You need to help us to help you please.
Next is interview preparation. An hour researching the company, an hour polishing your interview skills and 5 minutes de-fluffing your suit of cat hairs can make the difference between getting the job or coming runner up.
Obviously how you conduct yourself in the interview is key as well. We’re experts at helping candidates in all these areas so just ask us for our help if you need it. See ‘Candidate Services’ section on our site for CV and Interview advice.
Favourite (non work) website and why?
Dog’s Trust – wish I could rescue all of them but I can’t so I torture myself by window shopping instead.
Favourite (work) website and why?
Would it be weird to say our new Be-IT website? I suspect so (Yes – Ed).
Then it would have to be LinkedIn, due to the broad range of industry news I get from it and, of course, access to some great candidates who are on the hunt for a new role.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?
This is an easy one. I’d build an Animal Sanctuary & Re-Homing Centre, buy rescue vans, employ a vet and have a no-kill policy for all animals. My Dad’s got a farm he doesn’t use much any more so all I need is the lottery money and I’m sorted!