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Quantity or Quality

In Extinction, IT news, Recruiting Agencies on October 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Today I read a blog post entitled “R.I.P. Recruitment Search Agencies. Thank you for all your contributions but you will not be missed.”

Being that I work for a recruiting agency, I immediately thought “Hmmm, better give this a read,” and after doing so, I completely disagree with the author.

He lists several points as to why recruiting agencies are destined to disappear, much the way of the Thylacine – the Tasmanian tiger that met it’s fate of extinction in 1936.


“A growing number of organizations are developing dedicated strategic sourcing teams to pipeline current and future talent needs. These individuals blend a balance of talent acquisition and marketing to develop processes around finding and attracting talent. Utilizing Boolean search string technology, developing and managing talent communities, adapting targeted email campaigns, CRM tool tracking, and cold calling, it is only a matter of time before the church bells chime and we mourn the passing of agency fees.”

He also mentions these organizations are becoming more and more tech savvy, utilizing tools such as Tweetdeck, Ping.FM, and partnering with web services that will post your job 1000 times over.

That’s all well and good, but he seems to be avoiding that recruiting agencies nationwide are doing the exact same thing, and specialized agencies (like ourselves) can often out-perform HR departments that are not familiar with the lingo and skill sets of particular jobs. This is particularly true for larger companies who’s HR departments have to screen candidates for multiple positions in several different fields. How could they possibly know everything they need to know in order to hire a quality candidate?

Before you go writing off recruiting agencies, think about what it’s all about – Quantity or Quality.


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