Fast Track Recruitment

What can agencies learn from inhouse recruiters?

Posted by Mitch on 5th July 2017


One of the things that characterises the inhouse recruitment community is their willingness to come together at events like RecFest and Tru to share experiences and learning.

Why don’t their agency counterparts do the same thing and share some of their best practices?

Are they worried they’re going to give away some kind of magic ingredient?

The only agency events I see are organised by people like the REC, APSCO and Elite Leaders.

And with the greatest respect to those organisations, all they’re really doing is pushing the same dogma that was around 20 years ago – which might partially explain why the agency sector has been so slow to adopt some of the more progressive ideas being used by the inhouse sector.

The only thing I see agencies currently sharing are their clients.

And they’re not doing that deliberately either.


By Jon Dweck on Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sorry Mitch but this is a tired view of agency peer to peer learning which isn’t aligned to the reality I see. Apsco just a week ago had a forum where in house recruiters met with agency leaders. I was at the recruitment network event last month with 75 other business leaders and we spent two days talking through the future of recruitment and sharing our ideas.

By John Guest on Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Recruiters Arms get together, 3rd August, London

No hidden agenda, no sponsorship, just a bunch of like minded people trying to get better at what they do…

See you there Mitch?

By Mitch on Monday, 24 July 2017

Jon, what kind of ideas did you share?

By Mitch on Monday, 24 July 2017

Hi John. I’ll try to make it on the 3rd.

By Jon Dweck on Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Hi Mitch

From what I understand, the APSCo meeting discussed the challenges that agency and in-house staff have in their relationships - I believe there was specific discussion on how they can work better together in order to allow the better agencies to offer the services that the in-house community are wanting from external partners. Agencies that offer what in-house teams require from external partners were saying that they were struggling to get that message across.

In terms of my personal experience from the Recruitment Network event, the agenda was rather broad but the key theme was developing leaders within the recruitment sector, using coaching to get the best out of people, CSR strategies, Engaging with different generations on various media, getting the right balance between KPIs and culture (I spoke about the culture I have created at Pod Talent). There were also a number of informal sessions where recruitment business leaders shared ideas on everything from recruitment process, hiring for ourselves, personality profiling and loads more.

I hope that gives you a flavour of what is going on out there in the agency world.  I personally believe that there are more quality agency recruiters out there than ever before.

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