Best talent is found in the real world not the virtual one

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Best talent is found in the real world not the virtual one

It was interesting to read entrepreneur Luke Johnson’s column in June’s Management Today forecasting the death of the recruitment sector due to higher usage of the internet in talent search. If this is what the future holds, it is businesses who will suffer.

Good headhunters use the internet, but they will also spend a lot of time networking, screening contacts and developing relationships with the movers and the shakers in the industry. LinkedIn can help businesses take a DIY approach to recruitment, but at what cost? Failing to access candidates not present online, confidential briefs and lack of screening means an internet based search can lead to wasted time and money. We watch with interest to see whether Luke will find his next Executive hire through LinkedIn, or if he recognises the value of external expertise in ensuring that he can bring the best talent into his organisation.