Job seekers in Michigan were reporting that aggressive recruiters were shopping their resumés to employers without their knowledge. And some employers were complaining staffing firms were competing with them for the best candidates. In response, this state talent website in Michigan just re-launched with some changes, including blocking recruiters and staffing companies from viewing job seeker profiles on the site.
The new Pure Michigan Talent Connect site replaces the previous Michigan Talent Bank that was launched last December. It includes 20 to 30 changes designed to “enhance the experience of the job seeker or employer.”
But it’s one change in particular that has alarmed – and angered – some staffing companies.
“Previously, we had full access to search,” Kirk Hanna, director of government affairs for Troy-based Kelly Services told Crain’s Detroit Business. “With the new guidelines, staffing firms are able to post positions but not search the talent.”
The Talent Connect site was developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership serving as the state’s marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, and overall economic growth. MEDC, founded in 1999, also developed and manages the state’s popular Pure Michigan brand.
The senior vice president of talent enhancement for MEDC, Amy Cell, says while recruiting and staffing companies have a key purpose in connecting job seekers with job opportunities, they can sometimes compete with employers. “Wherever possible, we want to make a direct connection between employers and job seekers because that was the feedback we were getting.”
“Wherever possible, we want to make a direct connection between employers and job seekers because that was the feedback we were getting.”
Cell has reportedly received phone calls from about 30 concerned staffing and recruiting companies about the new policy. While she said a policy change isn’t in store at the moment, the MEDC and its workforce system, MichiganWorks, are reviewing the business practices of staffing companies and recruiters seeking full access on a case-by-case basis.
One principal for a Michigan-based executive search firm doesn’t utilize the state’s talent website much at all, saying if a company is looking to use a job board of any kind, they probably aren’t the type to pay search firm fees.
As for reports of recruiters who don’t have a real job opportunity and may use a person’s skills to gain entry to a placement for a company or shop those candidates around without their knowledge (a subject we wrote about here), Mark Angott of Angott Search Group told Crain’s Detroit Business “it would be unethical to do that.”