In the recruiting world, there are two different types of recruiters: Corporate Recruiters and Agency Recruiters.

Corporate Recruiters are employed by a company to find candidates for their open positions. Agency Recruiters are employed by a staffing agency. When a company needs to fill a position, they partner with a staffing agency to find quality candidates to fill the role. Corporate Recruiters typically have a human resources background, while Agency Recruitment combines sales, account management, and HR roles.

Here are some other key differences between Corporate Recruiters and Agency Recruiters:

Time it takes to hire

Hiring can be extremely costly for companies. The longer it takes, the more resources are used. And, in this ultra-competitive hiring climate, companies risk losing good candidates if their hiring takes too long. That’s why the time it takes to fill a position is crucial.

Agency Recruiters spend all day recruiting. They have vast networks of candidates. And they work fast because they are competing with other agencies to fill the client’s position. Because of these factors, hiring is typically quicker with an Agency Recruiter.

Number of Available Positions

Since Corporate Recruiters only recruit for one company, the job opportunities they have are limited. If the role they are trying to fill is not a good fit for you, then you’re out of luck. On the other hand, Agency Recruiters work on multiple roles from many different companies at a time. If one opportunity doesn’t work out, chances are they will have something else that could be a better fit.


Not only are Agency Recruiters competing with other staffing agencies to find a client’s ideal candidate, but their compensation is also dependent on filling the role. Corporate recruiters don’t have the same type of pressure, so they may not be as motivated to find the best person for the job.


Whether you’re an employer or a job seeker, it’s important to consider these differences next time you need to fill a role or find a job. If you’d like to learn more about how an Agency Recruiter can help you, contact us today.