August 1, 2023

How are recruiting firms still alive?


Partner at Hirewell. #3 Ranked Sarcastic Commenter on LinkedIn.

Spoiler: pivots

With the hiring world melting down, how is unemployment still at 3.6%? And how are recruiting firms still alive?

  1. Tech-forward office dorks live in a bubble. We’re a tiny portion of the working population.
  2. Pivots.

I’ll pull back the curtains and focus on two of our specialized recruiting teams: Sales and HR recruiting.

Historically speaking, our Sales recruiting team focused on software/SaaS companies. Our HR team did the volume of their placements on internal recruiters. Not exclusively, but around 70:30 for both.

Today? Both teams are still busy. But here the 10 most recent new openings for each team:

Sales: Client Industry – Position

  • Software (Manufacturing) – Mid-Market Account Executive
  • Logistics/Transportation – Account Manager
  • Building Supplies – Outside Sales Rep
  • Digital Agency/Consulting – SVP Business Development
  • Workplace Safety Products – Account Executive
  • Industrial Supplies – Key Account Manager
  • Software (Supply Chain) – Account Executive
  • Outsourced Operations – Sales Director
  • Logistics/Transportation – Sales Representative
  • Logistics/Transportation – Sales Executive

HR: Client Industry – Position

  • Management Consulting – Payroll & Benefits Consultant
  • Food Production – Manager Plant Human Resources
  • Legal – Director of Operations
  • CPG – Director of Labor Relations
  • Manufacturing – HR Generalist (Plant)
  • Digital Agency – Creative Recruiter
  • Software/SaaS – People Ops Manager
  • Medical Device – Senior Human Resources Manager
  • Real Estate – HR Director
  • Private Equity – Director of HR

There’s still a lot of hiring. Just not where people were used to seeing it.

Partner at Hirewell. #3 Ranked Sarcastic Commenter on LinkedIn.

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