Independent recruiters represent many different work styles. Recently I viewed an infographic by RecruitLoop that summarized work styles of recruitment consultants from the 1980s to the 2010s. While it is admittedly a generalization of recruitment by decade, I decided to share it with you as an example of how technology has played a key role in changing the landscape of recruitment.
The infographic summarized the past four decades as follows:
- 1980s Recruitment Top Gun
The tech boom in the ’80s gave high-flying recruiters a chance to spread their wings and headhunt more senior, more technical, and more specialized roles.
- 1990s Pulp Fiction Recruitment
With the booming tech industry and growing dot-com bubble, prosperity ensued. Recruitment Consultants rode the wave, worked hard, and played even harder.
- 2000s Minority Report Recruitment
Recruiters became far more tech savvy, as print declined. Many created a virtual presence. Intelligent specialist recruiters created a competitive edge.
- 2010s The Social Network Recruitment
Gone are the days of an office. The recruiter is a cyber-sleuth, working anywhere and anytime to stay ahead of the game. Being flexible with the latest social networks and apps are a must. They are adapting fast to avoid extinction.