Today is day 90 of my being unemployed and in the last 90 days I have had about 30 Recruiter contacts, and triple that number of conversations with them about todays search market economy. I have some interesting quotes which help reveal various perceptions (correct or not) from some that stick in my mind.
Recruiter A said: "I dont usually find any viable candidates on "linkedin.com", I see those being job hoppers. If some one has more than 3 positions in the last 10 years, they are out of the mix."
Recruiter B said: "I would never work with a Recruiter that was not in direct relationship with the Hiring Client...too much information would be lost in the transfer from man to man." (This was said after me asking if He was, as I had a viable position proposed by Recruiter who was 2 Recruiters away from the direct Client Recruiter).
Recruiter C said " As a Manager seeking a job, I would never apply through a job board....I would track the position posted on the board to the actual company as best I could via research and go direct to that company and save the commission in this economy."
I have few more more and will append or repost when I dig them up.