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Fishing From The Same Pond?

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I read a post the other day about how recruiters don’t all fish from the same pond.  I get the thought on that, but we do fish from the same pond or ponds.  In all fairness, I think the writer and I are on the same page and just using the analogy differently.

However, the results when fishing from the same ponds are much different from one recruiter to the next.  About a year and a half ago I took my five year old son to a fishing rodeo.  I am definitely not a fisherman.  We invited a friend of his whose father is a friend of mine and also not much of a fisherman.  Most of the kids at the rodeo, including my son, caught nothing.  A little more than midway through the thing, his buddy felt a big tug at his line and sure enough he had a fish.

And it was a whopper.  This was just luck, but still.  Same pond, different results.

Two recruiters can use the same source, Linkedin for example, and get completely different results.  Even back when many used the same databases for a lot of their recruiting, like DICE or Monster, two recruiters using the same source would come up with different results.  If two recruiters direct source for the same position they are likely calling into mostly the same target companies to try and pull people out.  Even when recruiters use their own databases, I would argue they are fishing from the same pond since many of the same candidates can also be in someone else’s database.  But the skill in finding the candidate in those ponds, recognizing the right candidate in those ponds, the effort to expand your reach in those ponds…….these are the things that make a difference.

Recruiting is not rocket science but effort, skill, and experience play a big role in how well you can recruit from what really are the same ponds.


Todd Kmiec

Todd Kmiec and Associates



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