How does the future weigh for Recruiters in the post-recession economy?

Recently I ran a search for recruiters in the US and quickly "found" over 20,000 recruiters that were on free-sites looking for work. Some were using these sites as free advertizing; however the bulk of talent were recently laid off from Corporate America. At last week's HR Tech show the mood was up beat and the vibe I am getting is that the worst is behind us. Nevertheless, I have a hard time believing that the majority of these recruiters will be brought back into their former roles. The wounds are still fresh from the relatively recent RIF's. I see the United States moving to more of a European model of using staffing companies to recruit and hire. My question is if I am a recruiter that has the passion and fortitude to stay in recruiting... Is there going to be a higher growth and more opportuny in the RPO world? Is Corporate America going to transform HR Generalists to backfill the dearth of recruiters? Or will it be business as usual and recruiters will be called back to traditional roles?

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