Something that has really disappointed me recently is the curious actions of some sectors of the community who actively discriminate against recruitment agencies in pursuit of money.
I speak primarily of universities, whom I have approached to advertise a couple of roles geared towards graduates. Approached in good faith and with a live and current role to fill, I am otherwise told that simply because I am a recruiter, I am to be hit with a fee to post these roles. Other businesses advertising roles on career websites within these universities are not asked to pay these fees – only the recruiters.
Now, I am a small recruitment business – just myself really – and ANY fee I have to pay to list roles I have is a hit I can ill afford.
However, by virtue of the fact that I am a recruiter and ONLY a recruiter, I am to pay a fee for the privilege of posting a role.
This discrimination of recruiters is perplexing. If I headed a multi-national corporation, with revenues over $5b, I can post a role free of charge. However, as I am a recruiter, I must pay a nominal charge to post.
Why is this? Why are recruitment agencies made to pay whilst others are not? Quite frankly, I think it goes deeper, and identifies a clear disparity between what people PERCEIVE recruiters do versus what they ACTUALLY do.