I have noticed that recruiter training of a fresh graduate nowadays is limited to showing them how exactly the social network search functions work. Then these Recruiters rely exclusively on LinkedIn , Xing , Viadeo and comparable local professional networks to do nearly the whole recruitment cycle – from identification , followed by contacting, keeping in touch and even sometimes sending over some interview questions. Their argument is that it is quicker and thus more productive.
I have also noticed that the reply rate on Social Network sites has been decreasing steadily since 2006 when more than 20 % of people contacted bothered to reply to something nearing 7% nowadays, and it is true regardless of the position type.
So what does the future hold? What will all those recruiters do once the social networks bring no result and the only Headhunting training they have received covers no more than navigating through social networks? Unless they get some proper Headhunting trainer teaching them all there is to know starting with market mapping and finishing on gatekeeper crashing they will probably have to find employment in another industry.