There are many problems associated with what we refer to as conventional commercial and executive recruiters, including what we see as their antiquated and biased recruitment processes. In our opinion, conventional commercial and executive recruiters:
- Have virtually no knowledge of the historical context of transplant programs, including people, events, and accomplishments;
- Lack a meaningful relationship with the transplant community;
- Possess no substantive knowledge of transplantation;
- Aren't even recognized within the transplant community;
- Have contributed no intellectual content to the field;
- Are not members of the community they purportedly represent;
- Have limited meaningful direct access to candidates;
- Use tools for recruitment that are archaic given today's technology;
- Typically overstate what they have to offer;
- Assume too much responsibility in relationship to the recruitment process;
- Are incapable of striking the right balance between advocating for the candidate they represent, and exhibiting a genuine interest in the organization on whose behalf they are presumably recruiting;
- Overcharge for the services they provide;
- Don't so much as make a dollar-value contribution in terms of time or resources to the transplant community.
In short, conventional commercial and executive recruiters don't even have a basic understanding of how best to serve the transplant community, nor do they exhibit a commitment to contribute accordingly. While they may think they have a role, it's of no significance whatsoever. They're actually detrimental to the field, and should be eschewed.