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Microsoft layoffs mean 'open season' for recruiters

Sharon Florentine | July 21, 2014
IT recruiters are lining up for an influx of tech talent entering the market thanks to large-scale layoffs announced by Microsoft. Even workers not affected become potentials candidates for job openings, experts say.

"What's most likely to happen is an exodus of talent to more of these emerging, smaller, start-up companies," says Berkowitz. "And that's always really good for the industry. There's a whole lot of experienced, skilled people who are going to be looking for work, and primed for recruitment for the rest of this year," he says.

Selling Stability
For recruiters taking advantage of the sudden influx of skilled talent into a tight IT market, focusing on assuaging candidates FUD can be crucial to a successful placement, Berkowitz says.

"Every position you're recruiting for has a unique value proposition," Berkowitz says. "Sometimes stability is one of the major benefits of a job, especially if a candidate has been the victim of a layoff. So, understand these candidates are nervous and uncertain, and try to focus on potential positions' financial stability, profitability, growth or other factors that could reassure them that they're unlikely to be laid off again," he says.


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