New Poll: Majority of Recruiters Enjoying a Better Year in 2012

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According to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, the majority of recruiters are enjoying a better first half of 2012 than they did last year.

Mark Demaree

Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree

Regardless of what’s happening in the economy, companies still want to hire the best of the best.

With the national economy continuing its roller coaster ride through uncertainty, it might be natural to assume that executive recruiters have been riding that roller coaster through the first half of 2012, as well.

However, according to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, that simply hasn’t been the case.

The poll posed this question to Preferred Member recruiters in Top Echelon Network: “How does your production for the first half of 2012 compare to the first half of 2011?”

Over 40% of respondents (41.4%) indicated that their production was “significantly better” than it was a year ago, while nearly 40% (39.7%) stated that it was “a little better” than the previous year. In addition, 10.3% of recruiters participating in the poll indicated that their production was “about the same.”

The remaining recruiters chose either “a little worse” (1.7%) or “significantly worse” (6.9%) as their answer.

According to Top Echelon Network President Mark Demaree, the results of this poll illustrate the fact that companies are still hungry for top-notch talent and are willing to pay a recruiter to locate such talent for them.

“Regardless of what’s happening in the economy, companies still want to hire the best of the best,” said Demaree. “They know the very best candidates become great employees who hold the potential to boost their productivity, and ultimately, their profitability.”

In fact, during times of economic uncertainty such as these, companies place even more of an emphasis on hiring the best people they can find. That’s because their ability to produce results is being put under the microscope by upper management and even by shareholders.

“Managers and CEOs know that finding and hiring the best people available will help them achieve their production goals,” said Demaree. “While it’s true that companies want to keep costs low when they can, it’s also true that they’re continuously seeking to hire superstar employees.

“In some industries, there’s only so much of that kind of talent available, and the companies able to secure that talent are the ones who surge ahead.”

The results of this poll were collected during the week of Monday, June 25, through Sunday, July 1.

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