How does someone who has just started to market themselves actually go about figuring out the competition?
I, personally, wish to focus on IT: Software and Infrastructure, etc. In case of, say, plumbers or handymen, they usually have a lookup directory or listing, etc.
For instance, the most I could imagine doing is either broad searches on a search engine. Beyond that, I think social meetings like user groups, conferences, etc is possibly the only other place I could hope to get a feel at.
Asking other recruiters is also an option, but I believe that information such as this is not handed on a silver platter.
I can also think of faking an opportunity to see and judge the respondents, but it is something that might prove more hassle than worth.
I am actually looking for ways in which I can identify the sources of this information; infrastructure that might exist, which I'm oblivious to!