8 best jobs for women interested in working for TA tech companies was originally published on College Recruiter.
As the founder of talent acquisition technology (TA tech) company, College Recruiter, I’m often struck by how very male-dominated is this industry. Our CEO, Faith Rothberg, is a woman and she’s not unique in a role like that in our industry, but there are far, far more men in leadership roles in this industry.
We can debate why there are far more men, whether that’s good or bad, and what to do about it but those are topics for another blog article and another day. Today, I thought I could share some ideas for (mostly) younger women who are interested in working for companies that sell applicant tracking systems (ATS), recruitment marketing platforms, candidate relationship management (CRM) software, artificial intelligence (AI) in recruiting, video interviewing, job posting and distribution software, sourcing tools, assessment and screening tools, onboarding software, job boards, and recruitment marketplaces.
There are several roles within TAtech companies that are great starting points for early-career women. Many of these positions provide the foundational skills needed to grow and progress in the field. Here are some of the top job roles:
- Recruiting Coordinator: This is typically an entry-level position where you’ll learn about the recruitment process, how to coordinate interviews, and manage candidate experiences. You’ll work closely with recruiters and hiring managers, which can give you a solid understanding of the talent acquisition process.
- Sourcing Specialist: Sourcing specialists focus on identifying potential candidates for job openings. This can involve using software tools, social media, and networking events to find and attract talent. This role requires strong research skills and a creative mindset.
- Technical Recruiter: This role specializes in finding candidates for technical roles such as software engineers, data scientists, or system administrators. You’ll learn a lot about the technology industry, including the specific skills and qualifications required for different roles.
- HR Analyst: HR analysts use data to make decisions about hiring and personnel management. This role requires strong analytical skills and can be a good fit if you’re interested in using data to inform business decisions.
- Product Specialist or Product Analyst: In a tech company, understanding the product is critical. Starting as a product specialist or analyst can give you an in-depth understanding of the product which can be invaluable as you progress in your career. You’ll learn about the user experience, and how to translate that into the hiring process.
- Sales or Business Development Representative: If the company has a software solution or platform, it will likely have a sales team. Starting as a sales rep or business development representative can help you understand the product, market, and customer needs, and it can also build skills in negotiation and communication.
- Customer Success Manager: This role involves helping clients use the product effectively and ensuring they’re satisfied. You’ll learn about the product in detail and get to understand clients’ needs and concerns, which can be helpful in talent acquisition as you’ll have a better understanding of the roles you’re hiring for.
- Marketing Associate: Marketing roles can give you a good understanding of the company’s product and its positioning in the market. You’ll also learn about content creation, social media marketing, and other strategies that can be valuable in talent acquisition roles.
Early in your career, the most important thing is to gain a broad understanding of the industry and the specific company you’re working for. Any of these roles can provide a good starting point and help you build skills that will be valuable in more senior roles in the future.