As the largest recruitment agency in Ireland we place over 4,000 permanent jobs every year. As a snapshot my IT Director took the last 20 professional placements by salary level and analysed where we had found the candidates:I understand this is not a representative sample but here is where we sourced them from:
Only one applied through a job board
Two came from a cv database such as monster
3 came from our own Cpl website
2 were found on Linkedin
12 were by referral or internally found by the recruiter on our database.
So before we all go "social" lets understand the importance of the data we possess as recruitment agencies and the candidate information we have if we choose to mine this information. Yes, it can be less clean than Linkedin and less current than a jobsite application but these "passive" candidates if you can call them that may be exclusive to you and more likely to listen to the opportunity. Don't get me wrong I would continue to use all forms of candidate sourcing but it is important to remind yourself of the data and the facts....our professional/ executive roles are being filled by candidates who know us or know our brand.
I will sleep well tonight knowing that no technology can replace the recruiter's ability to network a role and ask for referrals and no external database such as Linkedin can ever have the richness (albeit messy at times) of data than you have at your disposal if you understand how to use your own database.