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We have moved to Wordpress! Posted by Jason Links to this post The Recruiting Front Lines has evolved. At the beginning of the year, I changed jobs within my company, moving away from Outreach and Education, and into my new role as Director of Business Development. While I remain closely involved with our field activity, I am now more focused on strategic partnerships, social media, and the world of internet recruitment resources. As I have made this change, the focus of my blog content has also changed. Recently, I began to feel that many of the ideas I had for blog posts would not fit within the framework of The Recruiting Front Lines. This was a cause of some frustration, as I felt that I was either misrepresenting my content with the title of my blog, or that I was stifling my writing because I felt it didn't fit. To rectify this situation, I have created a new blog home, now on WordPress. I am still ironing out the wrinkles, but feel that it is far enough along that I can move all my past content, and begin posting all new content, at the new address. I would like to formally welcome everyone to come check out my new home at I can't wait to hear what you think! Best Regards, and Thank you for your time and attention over the past 18 months. Jason

Aug 12, 2008

Recruiters vs. HR professionals

Someone recently commented that this blog seemed to be aimed more at HR folks than staffing professionals, and as such, should have a different name. It was suggested that I use "HR Recruiting Front Lines" or something similar. This really got me thinking...

I'd love your input on this matter: should recruiting be separated from HR? I was at first shocked, then disappointed, then confused at why "staffing professionals" feel they have the right to monopolize the recruiting sector. In my opinion, the people with the BEST working knowledge surrounding hiring and recruiting are the HR Professionals within an organization. Not only are they intimately familiar with the current workforce and culture, but also they understand what EXACTLY is needed in potential hires. It is also up to them to onboard, train, retain, and appreciate the employees once they are hired.

Sorry to all the staffing professionals out there for this comment: Why do companies put the most critical piece of their company in the hands of third party vendors, and pay a high price to do so? Have I missed the boat? Has the identification and acquisition of talented employees somehow lost importance to companies and HR departments? What is it that has replaced it in the priority list?

These are just a few thoughts that were racing through my head. If you can help me understand the current employer/3rd party recruiter relationship better, PLEASE comment on this issue. I would very much appreciate your feedback.

Thanks for checking in, I'll be posting again soon...


Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree that recruiting should NOT be separate from HR. Not only are there legal considerations, but creating recruiting as a silo in any organization, including a staffing organization, ca lead to disastrous results with employees at all levels in the organization. I am frankly appalled that anyone would consider separating the two. Unfortunately, the idea to separate them shows a misunderstanding of how the best HR departments function. If HR is relegated to administrative functions, I can understand how that isn't congruent with recruiting. However, the best (and only really effective) HR departments focus on strategic business partnership. Talent Management, which by its name includes recruiting, is a critical and integral part of leading the human resources of an organization.

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