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Book Preface
The technical recruiter is an individual whose job it is to search for, validate, and present qualified candidates to an organization that meet both the technical and nontechnical requirements of the roles they would fill. The understanding of the organization’s requirements is the key to searching within the right pool of candidates. The ability to validate the candidate’s technical skills to match the organization’s requirements varies based on the expertise of the technical recruiter. This book talks about the skills a technical recruiter needs in order to search for, validate, and present the best technical candidates to their hiring organizations.

The typical technical recruiter job description requires a candidate to have a four-year business degree, with good knowledge in Internet search, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as strong communication skills. Below is an overview of the core requirements found in the majority of technical recruiters’ job descriptions.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ years recruiting experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and the Internet

Notice that there is no required knowledge in technology, networking background, or any business application experience, such as SAP or HRIS. As a result, technical recruiters in recruiting firms or corporate organizations tend to not have technical backgrounds, nor is training in these areas afforded to them.

The need for technical recruiters to understand the technology skills of their clients – the hiring manager and the candidate. The lack of knowledge has been a deterrent to individuals that desire this career path, a gap that is evident but without sufficient training programs to close it. With Technology Made Simple for the technical Recruiter, individuals have easy access to technology information directed at technical recruiting.

 
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