In a recent post written by Neil Patel for Quicksprout, he states, “In most cases recruiting firms don’t have the best candidates. Why you may ask? It’s because talented people don’t need recruiters to help them find a job.”
That’s a pretty loaded statement.
Patel then goes on to say,
If someone is really good at what they do, they’ll constantly be bombarded with job offers.
Recruiting firms are not the temp agencies of yore. Patel needs to update his information.
I’m not sure what economy Patel is working in but it’s certainly not the one we’re living through now. No one is “bombarded” with job offers nowadays, and the future is uncertain for everyone. To say differently smacks of a concerning lack of empathy. Perhaps Patel was only being careless with his words or deliberately provocative for page views.
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Who knows. Either way he’s wrong.
Recruiting firms (the good ones — do I even need to say that?) not only separate the wheat from the chaff but they support a candidate throughout their career with the staffing firm. This creates a symbiotic relationship between candidates and client. I recognize this isn’t true for all staffing companies just as everything isn’t true about everything (Starbucks isn’t Stumptown, the W isn’t Travelodge, etcetera) but when you make a blanket statement you set yourself up for some criticism.
What do you think? Is Patel right? Do qualified candidates have jobs shoved in their face like samples at a food court mall? Let us know in the comments!