A recruitment agency helps job seekers find employment, while also helping a company find the perfect person for the job they are advertising. Yes we know that, but having a deeper look, what are the real benefits to your company for hiring a recruitment agency?
Saving you time
Your time should be with your company and the current employees or growth of your specific business or area. Your time should not be wasted on worrying about finding a new candidate. Yes the internet has made job searching much more accessible for anyone to recruit their own employees and or use internal recruiters to find the right people but these same platforms are also offering recruitment agencies the same benefits to better recruitment methods and procedures. We still specialize in that process of finding and matching clients with candidates and our aim is to take that stress off your hands by saving you time.
Candidates not applicants
A lot of talent attraction is aimed at attracting applicants, whether they are responding to an advert, applying on spec, or through your website. A lot of these people may not be good matches for the role hence a lot of time will be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with them. When we talk of a bad candidate experience it’s normally an applicant experience that we are referring to. Using a recruitment agency should mean that you see only candidates – job seekers who have been pre-selected to match all the criteria that you are looking for and who are worthy of consideration and interview.
Help grow your brand
Yes that’s right, we can be your brand ambassador. Large companies invest a lot of time and money in developing and marketing their employer brand, but many SME and smaller businesses don’t have the same resources. If you choose your agency wisely then they can give potential candidates a real insight into your business – what it’s like to work there, benefits and career openings available as well as culture. We can also represent you as an employer of choice.
The focus is on serving the client first
Most of the work a recruiter does happen before any potential payments, that means you get a lot of upfront attention and work for free. Only once a candidate is offered a position does a recruiter get paid for the work done. If no candidate is placed we do not charge you for the work done. A recruiter’s outlook is thus one of serving and giving and the focus is on finding that solution for the candidate and client.
Some candidates are hard to find. They may be passive or they may be selective. If they aren’t responding to job advertisements, don’t see them as part of your ‘talent pool’ and are too busy to search full time then the chances are that they may have relationships with trusted specialist recruiters in your sector. Even if they aren’t currently active, there’s a good chance that a good recruiter will know who they are and how to reach them. Agencies have many networks – each consultant, candidate, client or collaborator has the potential to leverage their networks to help connect you to people with a range of skills and experiences, many of who would be off the radar of an in-house team.
Deeper understanding of people assessment
Agencies make the effort to train their recruiters and know about successful methods in the market to properly question a potential employee in the specific areas and competencies that your company needs. By building the initial relationship with you as the client and understanding the company and needs they are able to go back and use these tools to specifically assess important qualities in candidates and to check things that you won’t have the time to do. By the time the candidate reaches your office for an interview the agency already made sure those boxes were checked.