Recruiting is broken

But what is the answer?

Global Accounting Network
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Recruiting is broken

The supply chain for making a hire often contains three elements, employer, candidate and recruiter. For it to go well, really well, all three parties need to perform their part in the supply chain at least adequately, ideally better than adequately. When this is not the case, things go badly and even if the result is good, the experience is often lacking. Sadly this is more commonplace than any of us would like.

So who is to blame?

Well it’s easy to blame the Recruiter. They’re salesy. They’re only interested in the pay check. They don’t represent the candidate well enough. They are unprofessional etc.

Trust me, I’ve met those recruiters. I’ve even worked with those recruiters in previous roles. They do exist and they give a bad name to the industry. We need to recruit and train better people, and put the pride back into recruiting. The good recruiter will be way harder on themselves than you would expect when things go wrong.

But in a three party supply chain, is it exclusively the recruiter who is responsible for the issues?

Not exclusively, no.

When every part of the supply chain is a person, with wants and needs, opinions and vagaries, the opportunity for things to go wrong is massive.

Over the next 3 posts, I will be analyzing the issues and proposing some potential solutions. The solutions will not all be on the shoulders of the recruiter, so you may not like some of it, no-one likes uncomfortable truths.

Global Accounting Network is in the Atlanta market to make a difference and if even one client, candidate or recruiter absorbs the information and makes a change, we will be moving forward in our mission.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised, I am a 20 year veteran of the recruiting world and enjoy a good discussion about an industry I am hugely passionate about.Feel free to contact me at or call 404.900.3865.

Recruiting is broken
Date: 20 March 2019
Author: Adrian O'Connor
Tags: Recruiting, Atlanta