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How Recruiters, Sourcers, and Hiring Managers See Each Other

How Hiring Managers and Recruiters Think about one another

Twenty years in the recruitment game is a long time. The industry has transformed incredibly, and over the last 2 decades I’ve also been on the receiving end of some pretty strange assumptions (sometimes perhaps more like ‘accusations’) about exactly what I did.

I’ve got thick skin so when a prospective client once told me to my face that I was (in his eyes) “a lesser form of life than a used car salesman”, I got up, thanked him for his time and walked out of his office.

Maybe I shut the door a bit more forcefully than I normally would have!

A candidate once sent me a thank you card after I had placed her that simply read “You are an absolute superstar”.

I spent many years working with a recruitment agency with its global HQ  based in Boston. My mother latched on to the ‘Boston’ piece perhaps a little too literally and would tell her friends (or anyone she met actually) that I was responsible for running all the recruitment for Harvard!

Yes … proud Jewish Mothers sometimes have a tendency to slightly exaggerate.

Of course the classic comment which came from many of my HR client contacts was, “please stop trying to do my job for me!”.

Every player in the recruitment game has a different perception of what another player really does.

One person might think you fly around in a private jet; someone else might see you as a wizard; of course there will always be someone who thinks you just sit back spending your days schmoozing to people.

Here’s our idea of how recruiters, sourcers, and hiring managers see each other.

What do you think?

Paul Slezak

Cofounder at RecruitLoop. I've been a hands on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the recruitment industry for 20 years. Follow me @paul_slezak.

  • Imran

    Absolute Gem ! Made me laugh, as you couldn’t agree more.

  • Good reading! The picture is amazing. thank you 🙂

  • Nik Arkharov

    Gem to share with my network 🙂

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