People Aggregators Are Going Mainstream… Are They Working?

People aggregators are going mainstream. All the signs are there: Dice has an aggregatorTalentbin was acquired by MonsterLinkedIn is suing Hiringsolved. Now that recruiters have access to tools like these, how much success are they actually having?

The SourceCon Live crew discussed this topic last week. I’ve included a video clip of the conversation below.

Do you agree with the panelists? Have you had success with any of the people aggregator tools? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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The next SourceCon Live will be on June 12th at noon central. If you’d like to join us on the panel of guests, please email me!

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.


2 Comments on “People Aggregators Are Going Mainstream… Are They Working?

  1. I have used TalentBin (pre and post Monster acquisition) and Dice Open Web. Per TalentBin, it takes anywhere from 5-8 contacts to engage a technical candidate, and they provide templates for follow-up. Dice Open Web is very similar, but I do not feel their platform is at par to TalentBin. I would not recommend using HiringSolved, they are being sued by LinkedIn for creating fake profiles to increase the number of people in their database. As with any tool, I find there are advantages and constraints when finding candidates. The advantage is that aggregators are a tool for recruiters that are not well versed in Boolean Search. However, if you are well versed in Boolean Search, you will find aggregators annoying and potentially useless. There are rarely phone numbers, and most of the profiles will have LinkedIn profiles (so why go to an aggregator!).Yes, these aggregators sometimes have the email listed but I can just use other methods to find the email rather than pay a fee to the aggregator. In order to be valuable, aggregators need to do more in terms of validating contact information and getting phone numbers. Otherwise, I’m not sold.

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