So, why are you an "Agency Recruiter"?

I am not a "third party" recruiter.  I was in the past.  I eventually found myself in the corporate role that I am in now.  Although I wonder how my life would be different if I had not chosen this path what are the reasons you do? Why an agency? I know the appeal is/has been money but are there other factors?

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Comment by David Sanders on January 21, 2013 at 12:31pm

I like not being tied to any one industry or company.  If a company or industry faces a downturn, no problem I just focus on a different company or sector. I also enjoy the freedom to fire a client who is unresponsive, uncooperative or unrealistic.  Oh yeah, and the money is really good if I'm doing my job well.

Comment by Will Branning on January 21, 2013 at 4:01pm

I worked in corporate HR in Recruiting and other areas. There are more politics to deal with as a Corporate Recruiter. Also, as an agency/search industry Recruiter, I have much more freedom with my time schedule.

Comment by Jerry Albright on January 21, 2013 at 4:21pm

For me it is not only "why am I agency?" but also - why do I work for myself.  The answer has always been "freedom".  Freedom to choose my own clients, my own schedule, my own fee structure - and the freedom to make any and all other decisions as I see fit.


Frankly - I just can not see myself ever working any other way.

Comment by Amber on January 21, 2013 at 4:51pm

Ditto all the above comments for me. But coming from a whole different career in a large corporation, I can see the appeal of the corporate recruiting side. There are certain things each scenario offers, and every person hopefully finds what makes them most happy and successful!

Comment by Derdiver on January 22, 2013 at 11:12am

Thank you all for answering. There was no right or wrong here just interested in career paths as I am often asked by folks why it is I do not add myself to the mix of agency recruiting. Great answers all!

Comment by Sandra McCartt on January 23, 2013 at 8:32pm
I hate working with stupid, petty, territorial. Whiney, sloppy,smelly, ugly, lazy,pushy, know-it-all people with bad attitudes, obnoxious personal habits who gripe all the time.

Having realized how outstanding, smart, fair, gregarious, fastidious, high energy and positive I am there was only one thing to my own recruiting firm. I still work all of those folks every day but I don't have to be a "team player". Ha!
Comment by Martin Ellis on January 26, 2013 at 1:55pm

The variety, although having read Sandra's reply, perhaps that's more honest and accurate.


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