It’s a common opinion amongst the people I speak to, that the recruiting industry has a long way to come to improve its performance. Too much, this industry relies on outdated practices that fail to treat candiates as people and to establish a real relationship with them.
So, today, when I received an email asking me to complete the latest Paxus JobSeeker Survey, I did so. And in the “anything else” question, I had this to say:
Paxus (and most other recruiting agencies) fail dismally when it comes to understanding and knowing their candidates – whether active or passive. It would take the effort of a few minutes work to Google each candidate and understand them better from their profiles on such things as their blogs, conferences they have spoken at, LinkedIn Facebook, etc. Yet, the industry persists in being a sausage factory, interested only in numbers through the door.
It’s no longer about this. It’s about a deep, close relationship with candidates and potential candidates over a long period of time. And it’s time the recruiting industry changed.
I have actually taken to refusing to speak with recruiters who haven’t done their research on me. They don’t deserve my time or any income they might make from me.
What do you think? My take is the recruiting industry won’t change unless we pressure it to. So, take the survey and add your views.