(You also may answer this question on LinkedIn. I posted it on Career Management.)
I am noticing every day there is one more name added to the rolls of staffing companies and retained search firms who are “leaning out.” However, I also see many recruiters/ staffing specialists/ talent acquisition professionals who are currently employed, answering positively to questions from companies who are hiring such professionals. Here’s my rationale: it is common practice that the last one coming is the first one to go when companies are in this mode. So, if a person is employed in an industry which is going through layoffs, why would this person put him/herself in a more precarious situation? I agree it is smart, even necessary in our line of work, to stay updated about the marketplace. However, isn’t putting yourself out there in such a public manner too risky? Thoughts, anyone?