@Christopher, I am a corporate recruiter who started my career in the staffing industry. In response to your inquiry, it does not matter where the candidate came from. If our company decides to hire a 3rd party recruiter and they find the right candidate then absolutely the fee is justified! Even if the candidate came from a job board.
Think of the internet as just one big job board. Whether it's a Boolean search, digging through Linkedin, advertising in trade publications with a link to the website or job boards. Clients that i work with are interested in one thing. A candidate who fits what they need and can do the job. Where they come from or how we find them has never been an issue.
I have not used job boards for quite sometime and it has been quite liberating.
Yes I have made placements in the past utilizing job boards and approximately10%-20% of my placements came from the job boards.
1. Do recruiters deserve a fee if they place someone from a board? Yes they do. A lot of work goes into identifying talent wherever it comes from.
2. Is the fee justified from a corporate perspective? Yes it is, since corporate has access to these job boards and should mine this data as they should mine their own.
The one positive aspect of a job board is to identify what corporations are utilizing certain technologies, albeit COTS or open source. This enables the recruiter to source from these organizations.
The negative aspects (of the job boards) are the fake profiles/resumes that are on them. Too often have I found these fake resumes and often they are plagiarized from real resumes posted on the job board(s). The compliance departments within these job boards are not quick to act and at times are apathetic to the posting of fraudulent resumes/profiles.
Another aspect is redundant submittals. How often have we heard, “we already received this resume from another source”, only to call the candidate and discover that the resume was sent in blind since it was the low hanging fruit on a job board.
Yes there are times when the candidate is wrong in this case but more often they are duped by this practice of a blind submittal.
My belief is that job boards had their 15 minutes of fame. To rely solely on the boards is an effort in futility!
Yes a tool to be utilized, as an experience recruiter should never rely on one tool to generate talent.
when I ran my recruiting firm we never used job boards. But, the thing is I always saw my role as a recruiter to bring a qualified and hopefully motivated candidate to the table who was not already talking to my client. lots of times, our clients would say we have subscriptions to all the main job boards so don;t send us anyone who is on a job board. we would always say we can't guarantee that the candidate is not on a job board but even if they are, it should not matter because if they are qualified and you are not talking to them, I've done a good thing by making them aware of you and you aware of them. I don't believe that the main service a recruiter brings to the table for the client is the identification of the candidate. It's the art of getting the candidate to accept the position with your client. Identifying a candidate with the right skills is easier today than ever before. Recruiters are not paid what they get paid for sourcing candidates. a name on a list just means you have someone to call. it's a long way off from sending an invoice.
My belief is that job boards had their 15 minutes of fame.
Huh! If that is the case, then why are they so expensive, and why do they still work, and why does most everyone post their resumes to them if they are so "last year????" I'm tired of how a lot of recruiters from all walks of search pooh-pooh job boards when we all use them and will still use them regardless of how sexy we all believe the "new" channels are. Like a lot of you have stated, job boards are just another source, albeit a rather important source. If you compare the overall hiring source codes from job boards against social networking sites, I'd think we'd not be surprised how job boards still dominate our hiring statistics. It's just a fact!