I initially had some junior recruiters work some search assignments on this site and in my opinion this site was strictly being used to build up a company's resume database. Seriously, is there any reason why any company would "engage" over thirty recruiters if they were operating in good faith. Secondly, all the feedback I have gotten from recruiters has been negative.

However, there are two sides to this equation - if a company engages your firm I believe you have every right to promote the fact that you worked with that company on your website. I would not refer to them as a client, yet I think it is completely ethical to state you worked on a search for a particular company regardless of whether you filled the role because the bottom line is they "signed off" on a recruiting relationship with your firm.

What are your thoughts?

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Comment by Slouch on February 11, 2009 at 10:46am
I used to be very careful about considering a company a client even after a placement or two was made.

re: 30 search firms working a position. This for sure is being used for candidate buildup for later. I once received a note from a company there stating that the recruiters had to submit contact info with resume submissions otherwise they would not be considered.
Comment by pam claughton on February 11, 2009 at 11:36am
I would never mention the name of a company whose search I worked on, unless I filled that search. It may not be 'unethical', but it seems a little deceptive to me to present it that way as it implies a client relationship, which also implies that you had success in filling searches for that company. What if you're asked for a reference? Do then dance around the fact that the company likely has no idea who you are and you never filled a position there?

I'd also hesitate to put any client names on my website. I'd gladly give client references and names in conversation or email, but I wouldn't want to divulge to the world who my clients are so that other recruiters can then call them.

Just my take on it though.


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