I have had a couple of recent experiences where I have met people in a social setting and then found out that they were recruitment consultants. I would have expected to have liked them, or at least had something in common with them, but on the contrary I haven’t. I have found them shallow, obsessed with how much they bill and a little bit arrogant and dismissive.
Funnily enough they all work for large Recruitment Consultancies that swamp the market place with their brands and speculative CVs and no doubt gloat about the fees they have “screwed” out of their clients in loud voices in noisy bars.
No wonder therefore that it is easy to find tweet after tweet from in house recruiters moaning about recruitment consultants and blog after blog from various industry experts excited by technology that could spell the end for Third Party Recruiters.
Anyone got any suggestions about what we do as an industry to counter this vocal minority ruining our reputation or is it something we are just going to have to live with?
You cannot stop it. There have been unethical recruiters around for years, which is why it is already so hard to establish a good reputation.
The best you can do is to work with integrity and ethics every day. You will build a sustainable business. Your clients will come back to you, and refer more people to you.
Those companies that abuse their candidates and clients will fail. The two worst offenders in my area have been gone for a few years now.
I'm with Bill. :)