I have only been in recruiting for a year and a half now. My first gig after going through Internet Recruiter training at Duran HCP was at Google, where I was able to build a small network of friends. When my contract ended, I applied for every sourcing job I could find and some would get back to me, but they went no further. Instead it was through a friend I met at Google that I was able to score my next gig at Yahoo!. At Yahoo! I met many more people, and when my contract ended there, they all helped to get my name out. I did not get a new gig right away, so during my time off I applied for every sourcing and recruiter job I could find, and those did not get too far. Again, it was the through my friends, that Brocade ended up reaching out to me, and I secured my next gig, which starts next week.
In staffing it is definitely about, “who you know,” that gets you that next position.