I have been recruiting for close to 20 years. For about 15 years I have been working independently from home, this has it's advantages but can really skew your perspective. What I am taking time out to ponder is around face-time with Hiring Managers. I am one of those people that hesitates to take someone's limited time. I think other independent recruiters are busier taking hiring managers to lunch and the like but I kind of have the opinion that these are busy people and if they have free time they probably have other people they want to pass that time with. I feel I should schmooze more and have more face-time.
So what do some of you think is the optimal amount of face-time with a hiring manager? How often do you try to lunch or do an after work happy hour? Do any of you have these same thoughts?