I think it’s fair to say that we recruiters are great at collecting CVs and building lists full of candidates. The problem is that much of this data never provides us a return on all the time spent administrating it, and it’s likely that it will never become a placement either.
But let’s face it… when that job comes in, it’s comforting to know that you’ve options. But how many of these potential candidates are actually serious contenders?
When helping clients migrate their database into Firefish, I’m always amazed at the amount of useless data that’s been collected. There’s information on candidates who never want to work in the area that the agency recruits in, and there’s data on candidates who live in entirely different cities, sometimes even countries! Why do recruiters hold on to this data? Because, well, you never know… maybe one day…