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Topic # 240437 7-Sep-2018 16:01
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Hi Everyone, I'm based in Christchurch and looking for a new IT role.

 

I've tried a few places without luck, so want to put my name in at a Recruitment agency as they've been good in the past.

 

Any suggestions please?


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  Reply # 2085784 7-Sep-2018 16:49
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I can't say my experiences with IT recruiters have been at all positive. Most seem to be unable to relate experience to job requirements.

 

That said, I did have a positive experience with Sourced in Christchurch (https://sourced.nz/). Nothing came of it, but I found them good to talk to, and they took an interest in my skills.

 

Good luck with your job search.


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  Reply # 2085836 7-Sep-2018 18:15
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I usually apply for a bunch of 'jobs' on seek and then are hammered with calls from recruiters for other real jobs, though usually there are very few permanent roles. Never had a good job through a recruiter, usually permanent roles given to recruiters are slave ships they've been unable to fill via direct advertising.







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  Reply # 2085841 7-Sep-2018 18:25
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SirHumphreyAppleby:

 

I can't say my experiences with IT recruiters have been at all positive. Most seem to be unable to relate experience to job requirements.

 

 

This. Look for IT companies that are recruiting via their own site etc, its how Ive gotten my jobs over the past 10 years. Dealing with a non-IT 3rd party is just frustrating.

 

 





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  Reply # 2085979 8-Sep-2018 08:29
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SirHumphreyAppleby:

 

I can't say my experiences with IT recruiters have been at all positive. Most seem to be unable to relate experience to job requirements.

 

 

Ditto, some of them seem absolutely useless and understanding your role experience. I've had a couple question whether I'm technical, so I go full technical about my skills and their eyes glaze over. Then they come back and say I'm too technical. Most them seem very young, like insurance sales people.


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  Reply # 2086555 9-Sep-2018 18:43
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  Reply # 2105667 10-Oct-2018 15:37
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http://www.thecreativestore.co.nz/ might be worth a look or-wise I wouldn't bother with recruitment agencies. Most recruiters don't know what www means never mind PHP. 


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  Reply # 2105668 10-Oct-2018 15:39
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Just ask an agent "do you know of Geekzone ?" - if the answer is no, they're not the right one for you.  ;)

 

 





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  Reply # 2105673 10-Oct-2018 15:47
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A few months ago I interviewed for a tech job at a large corporate retailler. I was called back for a 2nd interview but I got cold feet after they stalled. By the time the manager belatedly got back to me - for various reasons I had lost interest - specifically in their job.

 

I have now gone and set up a business independently doing a lot of the same stuff as I would have done for them.

 

I realised a great truth in all this. I am the one holding the keys to the value for the customer. I only need them to the extent I could be persuaded working in a corporate job was a good career move. And to be fair, it does work for some people.

 

But it's not the only gig in town.


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  Reply # 2106043 11-Oct-2018 08:54
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A few years ago I got headhunted for a job at a large Christchurch IT shop by Platinum Recruitment and they were pretty good to deal with. Also talked to Sourced a few times and they seemed okay.





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  Reply # 2106047 11-Oct-2018 09:05
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Also FWIW in general IT recruiters vary. Some of them are pretty good, and some of them are terrible.

 

Pros:

 

  • They've helped me get a few decent jobs over the years, and interviews for others.
  • It's always a nice ego boost when they want to put you forward for a role
  • They don't charge candidates anything

Cons: 

 

  • Some of them have been known to list "jobs" that don't exist just to try and expand their candidate pool
  • Some of them don't do their homework. My current job title contains an "in demand buzzword" and I'm continually being annoyed by recruiters who don't even bother to compare my public skillset on LinkedIn with their job descriptions. 
  • Some of them insist you come in to meet them in person before giving you a PD, only for you to find out that the job is not for you.
  • Some of them will happily try and throw people at jobs that don't fit, just to try and get the fees (which for skilled IT workers is often well into 5 figures). I've seen this both as a candidate myself, and as someone who's vetted CV's and been on interview panels etc.

My 2 cents.





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  Reply # 2106055 11-Oct-2018 09:20
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Whoever has the position you want is the best recruitment agent for that position. Sometimes positions go to a single agency, sometimes to multiple. Agents move firms regularly, firms split, new agencies pop up as recruiters presumably want a bigger slice of the pie (about 10% of the position / contract they place), it's a very active market. There seems to be hundreds of IT recruitment agencies in Wellington, with the firm names always changing but mostly the same people working in them.

 

Having said that, I find Beyond Recruitment generally better than others. They tend to have more stable staffing and get many of the government contracts / jobs.

 

Just watch seek and apply with whatever agency has the position you want.





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  Reply # 2106067 11-Oct-2018 09:38
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I try not to deal with agencies, but individuals.  Once I find a good one I follow them wherever they go.  You'll find that the recruitment industry is pretty small so people move from agency to agency quite regularly.  Build a relationship with a few good people and then contact them directly whenever you're wanting to put your name back out into the market.  That's the approach that has worked best for me over the years.  


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  Reply # 2115007 27-Oct-2018 15:42
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I was hired through Radius NZ in 2013. Try them out. Hays are good too.


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