The Evolution of the Recruitment Consultant [Infographic]

The recruiter of today is unrecognisable from even a few years ago. As technology changes every industry, recruiters have been impacted particularly hard.

  • 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 recruiters 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.

Recruiters have evolved with the times, but what does the future hold?

Evolution of the Recruitment Consultant
Source: RecruitLoop

About Jacco Valkenburg

Jacco Valkenburg is an international recruitment expert, trainer and author (5 books). He has more than 20 years experience in global recruitment strategies and execution spanning numerous countries for leading companies. As founder of Recruiter University and Recruit2 he provides companies with recruitment training and consultancy. His mission is helping companies ‘from good to great staffing’.

1 Comment

  1. The diagrams in this article describe perfectly the evolution of the recruitment consultant! It is spot on! Recruitment consultants are constantly evolving and adapting to whatever the situation requires! I do believe the consultants role now is my dynamic now then it ever was!