Source of Hire Study: What’s Going On With Recruiting?

Why are employee referrals down? Is LinkedIn now a job board? And what’s the significance of more hires being made the ‘old school’ way — direct sourcing, from agencies, and even temp conversions?

Watch our interview with Gerry Crispin, co-founder and partner at the recruiting consultancy CareerXroads, as he discusses the firm’s source of hire study.

Learn what’s behind the numbers and what it means to your recruiting efforts.

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John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

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1 Comment on “Source of Hire Study: What’s Going On With Recruiting?

  1. From the perspective of someone who was in corporate and agency, one of the main reasons is because of cost. Job boards don’t guarantee a hire or even candidates, and even pay per click models like Indeed’s are costly over time, and you’re just paying for clicks, not actual applicants. Back when I was looking at linkedin recruiter a couple years ago they wanted 20K+ for what amounted to a hopped up phone book and a few tools to make using it slightly easier, for two people. And, every solution wants to be everything, so every job board provider also wants to be your ATS system, your on boarding system, and your hris system, and refuses to integrate with your current system, except for a few grand a year minimum, and almost every single solution over sells and woefully under delivers in terms of capability. Most ‘solutions’ are incredibly disappointing, and ridiculously over priced for what they deliver. And with all the options out there you could easily drop 100K a year and still not have the latest and greatest tools, and still have no damn candidates. It’s easier to outsource.

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