Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Adventures In Recruiting: Do You Know A Good Recruiter?

This post is hard to believe.  But it is the honest truth. I thought it would be a fun read before the holidays.

I have been recruiting for over 30 years. My specialty is advertising.  During that time, dozens, no, hundreds, of candidates have asked me for the names of recruiters who recruit for related businesses -  marketing companies, brand managers, in-house ad agencies, corporate communications and public relations.  I actually don’t know anyone who specializes in those areas. 

Each time I have been asked this question, I give the same response. “If you find someone you like, please, please, please give me their name so I can establish a relationship with them. I would love to be able to send candidates to a recruiter who does what I don't do.”  Every person I have asked has told me that they would call with a recommendation.

Now here is the truth: Not one single person, no one, has ever given me a single name.  Ever. Not once in 30+ years.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?

So this is a plea.  I would love recommendations on good recruiters in other fields.


  1. Donald and Erin Davidson; The Davidson Group, they do e-discovery; Legal.

    Me; (Per Larry Smith). I do digital media; Adtech & Martech.

    Wouter Vermeulen; The Vermeulen Group; he does what I do, but he's more focused on Product/Ad & Rev Ops, I'm more sales, BD and Client Services along with Ad Ops.

  2. Dave Barner placed me at DDB when he was with Digitalent and is fantastic. Think he's struck out on his own - http://www.barndogstaffing.com/


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