Thanks for the reply Amy. It sounds like you (or your UK people) have it well covered and I am not sure Zones would be in my sweet spot (finding C/VP level staff for early stage software start-ups) - but, heh, if anything does come up you (or they) think I could help with, I always say a conversation is never wasted. I am very open and honest about what I can and cannot do with clients and potential clients so I wouldn't take something on I couldn't deliver on.
Anyway, as I say, it sounds like you guys have it covered. Good to touch base with you.
Sorry for the rather random wall post out of the blue but I have seen a few of your posts on RB and you seem a very sensible and knowledgeable internal recruiter. I checked out the Zones website and it seems you guys are soley US based which probably means I can't be of much help to you (more than your existing US based recruitment partners at least) as I am UK based and specialise in mainly start-up companies based or looking to set up in Europe/EMEA. . . but if that ever changes let me know.
It is refreshing to hear an internal recruiter who understands the value of a good external head-hunter. You clearly know your job and your company's needs and know that working with good 'externals' can help you achieve your goals too.
Apologies again for the random post but I thought I'd take some time to point that out :-)
I noticed your recruiting is like dating comment. I'm a 3rd party recruiter doing extensive cold calling which also seems like dating. To me, it's like being in a social situation and either striking up a conversation with a guy or asking a girl out. Feelings are very much the same. With the girls, so are the 'turndowns.'