Where do Recruiters Find Candidates?

business-cards-William FlammeAccording to ExecuNet research:

Search firm recruiters only post 15 percent of executive level jobs ($200k+) online and only 13 percent of their candidates come from online postings.  One in four of their candidates is found in their own database.

Corporate recruiters only post 5 percent of their $200K+ jobs online and only 8 percent of their candidates come from online postings. On average, 14 percent of all positions were filled with internal candidates.

The top three resources recruiters rely on to find candidates are:

  1. Referrals
  2. Their personal candidate prospect files
  3. Online networking

Corporate recruiters have more success posting their jobs and using social media than search firm recruiters.



William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

1 Reply to "Where do Recruiters Find Candidates?"

  • Jim Barber
    August 23, 2015 (10:14 pm)

    yeh . . . tired of being EXCEPTIONALLY BRILLIANT, QUALIFIED, CAPABLE , AND “BRING-PROSPERITY” … so? how to move from outside-looking-in to being in “thick of inside”? JRB