Corporate Recruiting VS. Agency Recruiting

Over the last 5 years, I have worked in the Agency/Executive Recruiting Space. I have several contacts who are on the corporate and Agency side. According to my sources, there is more opportunity on the Corporate side. My question to my fellow recruiters, when is it a good time to explore the corporate side?

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Comment by Alon Kim Dacquel on January 29, 2009 at 2:07pm
More opportunity on the corporate side? Could you elaborate?
Comment by Kristin on January 29, 2009 at 3:05pm
In general when changing jobs there is no set date or time frame to do so. I know people that have moved from agency to corporate and back again. From my experience, corporate and agency recruiting do have differences such as: the way the work gets done, how you market yourself and the company, and the tasks you have on a daily responsibility. Additionally, I have found that corporate is very focused on time to fill, and becoming more efficient in the hiring process.

Hope that helps
Kristin Bolinske
Bolinske Consulting & Recruiting.
Comment by Phil Chernesky on January 30, 2009 at 9:33am
This is an interesting topic because I've been told there is return on both sides. For instance, as an Agency Recruiter, the financial compensation has a tremendous reward based on fees/commissions and billable hours that are paid out by clients. In my opinion, I feel the downfall is the nasty economic recession, which has staffing and executive firms fighting for new business... According to a few agency recruiters, they have been forced to eliminate their salaries and be put on draws. In all fairness, how can this be a motivator for agency recruiters? One can argue that an agency recruiter can pick and chose different industries to work on but what if their firm only specializes in one or two niche industries?? Personally, I would invite the challenge because I'm a competitive individual..

On the corporate side, I've been told there is a huge return on the career developement side. For instance, a friend of mine started his career as a recruiter/HR Department and then was transitioned to a training manager. According to my friend, the req load is much more extensive and detailed vs. Agency regulations.

Either way, I find both positions challenging and exciting..


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