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How Recruiters and HR Can Work Together

Human resources and headhunters can be each other's worst obstacles or greatest allies. Management must help facilitate a smooth relationship

In the business world we have a short list of traditional sources of interdepartmental friction. One of these "hot zones" is the intersection of HR and third-party recruiters, who can easily find themselves at odds.

HR departments often view third-party recruiters as obstacles, while recruiters know that if they can get their best résumés in front of a hiring manager, they've got a shot at making a placement. If recruiters are held up by HR bureaucrats whose own need to control the candidate flow overshadows their desire to bring talent in the door, headhunters are sunk. As a result, it's common to find tension between internal HR people and outside recruiters. Is there a path that allows internal HR and external recruiters to work together for maximum gain?