It seems nowadays that there's a new recruiting firm popping up just about every day. I can't tell you how many calls I get a week from firms that I have never heard of - and many times never hear of again. Although, yes, I am on the other side of the desk now, I am still a recruiter at heart. It is my bread and butter. It's what I was born to do - the thrill of the hunt and the power of the connection - at the core, I am and will always be, a recruiter.
This is why, when I speak to a recruiter that couldn't recruit their way out of a paper bag, yet they speak to me as though I am the one that is ignorant, it kind of gets under my skin. The true art of recruiting isn't about posting a job and sorting through resumes. Sure, that's ONE tactic that can be used. But the end result itself is about finding that perfect match, the professional kismet, and creating a meaningful connection between an employer and candidate - finding the right fit for BOTH parties - not simply putting a butt in a seat. It's about knowing your client - knowing what kind of person is going to fit not only on paper, but will have the chemistry in person and will fit within the organizations culture like a glove.
Is this an easy thing to do? Hell no it's not. That's why not everyone is able to do it, and personally, I don't think just anyone should be allowed to claim they are an expert in recruiting and the hiring process. There should be some sort of qualification, certification or vetting process required (not just from a job skills standpoint, but from a profession standpoint) before someone can recruit for a company.
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