I was just reading a blog post over on JibberJobber. My buddy Jason, in his post "My network fell apart" was talking about statistics for how executives find jobs and the top way wasn’t networking it was recruiters. Just wanted to post a couple of brief thoughts on the issue:
1) If you don’t have recruiters in your ‘network’ then you aren’t networking correctly. Recruiters can and do help lots of people, employed and unemployed. Even if you have a job, knowing a great recruiter might be a good opportunity for you to help others (as Kent Blumberg so astutely noted.)
2) Recruiters that find you, the ones that you don’t even know, probably found you by networking with folks that they know. It isn’t always cold calls that are the "key" to recruiters finding a great candidate. And great recruiters, well they only make one cold call to a person in their lifetime. After that, they should all be warm calls. 😉
So next time you are setting up networking goals and adding them to your JibberJobber tasks sheet, include finding some great recruiters and strengthening your relationships with them.