Business is quite robust so far in 2014. Record-level business for me, even as a 25-year recruiter, tripling all of last year's revenues within the first 60 days. I was informed that I have a new offer coming out today, for a candidate I have known and had in my network for at least a decade, finally getting a chance to place him, and he is very excited. Another candidate for another position also successfully submitted his resignation today, and set his start date.
I hope that my colleagues enjoy similar success this year. We have a great and honorable profession and we are very lucky to have the talent, determination and drive to do what we do. It always amazes me how multi-talented recruiters tend to be. In any case, I think the world is large enough that more than one approach to this business makes sense. There is no "one size fits all" solution. There are as many styles of recruiting as there are recruiters.
My advice: Walk your own path. Don't let outsiders tell you how to run your business. Use your head.