Firstly let me assure you that it does exist and it’s here to stay. Let me put some context on this. I’m a Recruiter, I’ve been a Recruiter for over 15 years and I’m likely to be a Recruiter for the foreseeable future (I just don’t think I’m capable of doing anything else now).
I recently conducted a survey on LinkedIn which suggested that 84% of job seekers would rather apply direct to an employer than apply for a role through a 3rd party Recruiter / Agency.
This wasn’t a shocking result to me, although some of the justifications for not using a Recruiter made even my thick skin chafe a little (Am I really a Pimp? Do I really take a cut of your wages? Do I really have a vested interest in keeping a job seeker and employer apart?). We’ll be talking a lot more about this research soon, but for now let’s focus on my wife.
So we were talking over dinner and I said to her (who to date I have resisted pimping out) “did you know that 84% of people would rather apply directly to a job than go through a recruiter?”, to which she responded “I agree. In fact, I don’t believe in Recruitment”.
And there I was in front of her… an actual Recruiter.
After much debate, it transpired that it’s not that she didn’t believe in Recruitment, just that the concept of being hired or hiring someone through a Recruiter was more of a necessary evil (Pimp, Thief and now Evil, it’s no wonder I’m such a hit with the ladies). Her main issues were that she had to use a Recruiter because she wouldn’t know how to go about finding a new role if left to her own devices (does that make us Evil?). She also had the misconception that if she was hired through a Recruiter that there would be more pressure for her to deliver above and beyond the job brief due to the costs associated with the hiring fee (do people really believe the time, man hours, cost to business is greatly reduced if a company runs a campaign in-house?)
Needless to say I’m now on a mission to educate the job seeking population and downgrade the perception of Evil, Pimp Thief, so when my children are asked what Daddy does for a living they don’t have to lie and pretend I’m something more socially acceptable such as a Politician or Traffic Warden…