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Why 'being a recruiter IS HELL'

Recruiters have long faced a bad reputation. Whether it’s being known as a liar or for ghosting candidates to even being solely fixated on making commission, recruiters and the recruitment industry have been shrouded in negative connotations.

This was even supported by research carried out by CV-Library. In a survey of 1,200 UK workers, 13.6% stated that recruiters cannot be relied on to be honest or truthful.

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Comments (1)

  • Daryl Riley
    Daryl Riley
    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 8:52am GMT
    I have been in Recruitment for many years and I currently run and manage Agile Recruits South East office.
    The contingent recruitment industry has become a very challenging space over the years. For me, there are two significant reasons why recruiters feel the way they do in this article and why this perception exists.

    Firstly, the majority of recruitment business wind their staff so tightly measuring them against high metrics and KPI's to place a significant amount of pressure to bring in money and hit company targets. The agencies that impose such rigid structures and enforce this pressure means many recruiters are about volume not quality, they lose sight of delivering the best service for clients and candidates and the consequence of this is the current market perception.

    The second point is poor client commitment, communication and seeing a recruiter as a transaction supplier opposed to a partner.
    The majority of recruiters work for free until they make the placement, so when companies dont communicate, have convoluted processes, dont provide interview feedback and constantly want a cheaper price, by default a recruiter will priortise one company over another, coupled with their agency driving pressure of revenue in the fastest time creates a poor client delivery and service.

    There are definitely success stories in the market but I would say to every recruiter pick your agency carefully, understand their culture and how they work. Working in the right company with the right people with the right ethics will make all the difference!