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Are Recruiters Becoming Irrelevant?

The Job Search Revolution Shifts to Company Career Sites


Liberally Borrowed From CareerAlley (big hat tip!)


One of the most dramatic changes in the job search process in the last few months has been the shift from recruiters to company career sites.


Recruiters still have jobs, but not as many as they have traditionally had, as some companies need to save recruiting dollars where they can.  Agency recruiters are usually easier and more productive to work with because they represent multiple employers and can send your resume to a wider selection. As well,they are in direct contact with the HR gatekeepers and typically are not constrained by an employer’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS). That said, because employers are cutting costs wherever they can, many no longer rely on agency recruiters to find candidates.


Conversely, applying at individual company sites is a bit more challenging, as you must individually apply at each site. And, of course, you are competing with all of the other resumes that have been submitted there. With an agency recruiter, you will receive feedback fairly quickly as to if you are under consideration for a position.  With a company’s ATS, you will receive an automated response thanking you for your application.


Consider (if you must) such sites as:


Alcoa – With 97,000 employees in 34 countries around the world, Alcoa’s main business is the production of aluminum. From the careers page, you can search openings, find out about the company or visit the student section which is dedicated to recruiting for college students. To register on the site, you must select search openings, select your country and then create your account.


Bloomberg – Bloomberg provides a variety of financial services and financial information. From the careers page, you can look at their culture, diversity, FAQs and search for openings. From the “finding a job” link, there are three choices: Internships, Entry-Level and Experienced Hires. You can search for opportunities and post your resume as well.


Dow Jones – Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Dow Jones Indexes, etc., (now owned by the News Corporation). From the main career page you can search for jobs, look at International opportunities, Internships and a company overview. From the “Search for Job Opportunities” page you can register and post your resume.


Pfizer – 86,000 people worldwide and a world leader in pharmaceuticals, Pfizer’s career site is has links to a broad range of information about working for the company, including a “University Relations” section with a recruiting calendar and links to additional student resources. Clicking on “Find a Career at Pfizer” then your country takes you to a page where you can search for jobs and register.


NOTE: Refer back to a previous post for links to find & research companies.

NOTE 2: A good agency recruiter will work his or her butt off for you, as most of them work on commission and have a vested interest in helping you find the right job. Ask which companies they represent and collaborate on getting you in front a hiring manager at your target company.

03/11/2009 - Posted by | job search | , , , ,


  1. You make a good point. I read the Black hole article (loved it!) and it seems like recruiters aren’t doing much these days. Am I missing something here? I send resumes in for jobs that I KNOW I am qualified for and I never hear a peep. I am being very selective in the jobs I apply for and make sure I have what they are looking for. Why is it I never hear back????

    Comment by Susanna | 03/11/2009 | Reply

  2. Susanna – you have fallen into the abyss. Consider that recruiters are receiving hundreds of applications for every posted opening, so follow-up is extremely important. In addition to calling, send them a paper resume via US mail, and then call to follow-up on that as well. Good luck!

    Comment by Bear | 03/12/2009 | Reply

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