Most VMS systems fail. They fail to provide the client with quality candidates. They fail to produce the promised economies. And they most certainly fail to get buy-in from the staffing providers. There are approaches to VMS that do succeed that really have more in common with good customer service than the much vaunted VMS model, but it's long since time to put the final nail in the VMS coffin.

One of my favorite recruiting bloggers, Jim Durbin writes, " I would argue that vendor lists, by their very metrics, dissuade Third Party Recruiters from attempting to place the best candidates in front of a client." Jim makes the point that no successful 3rd party recruiter will waste time posting his best candidates through a VMS system.

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