I’m sure we have all heard that myth that in house recruiter are failed recruiters! Seems now more than ever that’s simply not true and although it pains me to say having spent all of my career in recruitment within an agency, but in house really are top of their game.
Long gone are the days for a lot of companies where HR also had to recruit. Having wised up and looked at the 6 or 7 figures they were paying agencies, now companies are on boarding the creme de la creme of ex agencies. These recruiters aren’t the graduates that agencies take on but senior consultants upwards who are proven technical recruiters with the little black book that goes with this experience.
Further to this they are giving them all the tools and resources that they need to do the job successful. In house are streets ahead in the use of social media mainly because they don’t just rely on one tool – LinkedIn. They are taking control of the employer brand and getting creative with their recruitment campaign’s. In these times it also makes financial sense as the cost of hire is reduced by in most cases by at least 2/3’s.
In house aren’t the enemy – going forward recruiters are going to become more and more niche! Agency recruiter instead of seeing In house teams are a threat you need to keep demonstrating your worth and building essential relationships.
I can see the attraction of going in house, as you are treated as expert that you should be and unless agencies start to adapt to an “adult culture” I can see ex agency recruiters being the death of alot of generalist recruitment businesses.
I have a feeling once you go in house, you never look back?