A List of Recruiter Associations

I’m amazed to discover how many recruiting networks exist. While the Electronic Recruiting Exchange is certainly an important one, I know even they would agree that, just as no single career portal would suffice as the only place to post your jobs, there is no single recruiters’ portal that can cover all your recruiting networking needs. With the Internet making it as easy to find candidates around the world as it is around the corner, and fee-splitting becoming commonplace, it makes sense to link up with multiple recruiters’ networks. Another reason to join: such networks are also “pick-their-brain” resources. For example, you can usually find at least one recruiter targeting candidates in the same industry, function and even geographic area who has tried niche job site X that you’ve been considering, or knows a Boolean search string that would be perfect to find the elusive candidate type you need. Since many of them charge no membership fees or at least offer a free trial period membership, it’s a no-brainer to check them out. One advantage of the many local recruiter groups that populate the list below is that they usually hold live meetings where people can interact face-to-face, and guest experts often attend to present timely topics, immediately followed up by a Q&A session. At least for now, these are things that still work better in a live group setting than a virtual one. I have assembled a fairly comprehensive list of recruiter associations that should benefit you. If you know of other related groups I’m missing, please email them to glenn@recruiting-online.com.


Glenn Gutmacher has been developing innovative sourcing and recruiting strategies, techniques and tools in scalable, cost-effective ways since 2015 at State Street, one of the world’s largest custody banks, focusing on diverse talent for North America. From 2010-15, he was Group Manager, Sourcing Center of Excellence at Avanade, a $2 billion IT consultancy owned by Accenture and Microsoft. He led an online-focused offshore team and junior onshore calling team, plus some global training and talent sourcing initiatives.  In 2009, he conceived and implemented the Sourcing Lab series at SourceCon, which soon became its most popular track. Later, he devised and proposed the Programmers track, which debuted at SourceCon Austin in 2017.

In the 1990s, Glenn created Recruiting-Online.com, a pioneering Internet recruiting seminar which remains the world's longest continuously-running, self-paced online talent sourcing course. He has trained recruiters from hundreds of companies from the Fortune 500 to small staffing firms. His popular "Beyond Job Boards" presentations have helped job-seekers tap the hidden employment market via innovative methods around search, social networking, and personal brand enhancement activities.

Glenn was a senior Internet researcher for Microsoft from 2005-2008, focusing on competitive intelligence and proactive international recruiting, following 2 years in a similar role at IT solutions firm, Getronics. Besides presenting at recruiting industry conferences, he co-founded the Boston Area Talent Sourcing Association (BATSA) in 2014 which he still runs.

A Yale University graduate, Glenn discovered recruiting in 1996 by founding the first newspaper chain-owned regional resume/job board in Massachusetts, JobSmart, which won the industry’s two most prestigious awards in 1998: the EPpy Award (Editor & Publisher) and the Digital Edge Award (Newspaper Assn. of America).