One of the most commonly asked questions we get from any prospective clients who has not used a recruitment agency before is –
“Why should I use a recruitment agency rather than hiring myself?”
And we fully understand this.
By the end of this blog, the pros and cons will be addressed for you to make a decision.
What Are The Benefits Of Using A Recruitment Agency?
Recruitment agencies are a useful source specifically for hard to fill positions or for a specific role. Recruitment agencies will have numerous candidates registered on their database already.
Agencies will also advertise on various social platforms on your behalf, maximising the number of applications for your position targeting passive candidates as well as job seekers with the specific skill, relevant experience and mind set relevant to the position within your company.
Direct hiring can be time consuming as the process can take longer than you think. It can take time to find that perfect employee. You will need to initially create and post a suitable job advert. Do you know which are the best platforms that works for your Company. Not all will be relevant and can also be expensive. Review and respond to potentially dozens of C.V.s (many of which may not be relevant), conduct first, second and even third interviews to ensure the applicant is the right fit for your company. In-house may seem like the most cost effective option for you, however, your time is valuable!
By using a recruitment agency, your competitor will also not know you are hiring should you wish it to remain confidential. This also is an asset if you are a large branded company, as it deters unsuitable candidates solely applying based on the company brand. The thorough screening process an agency will do means you will only be presented with the very best candidates most suited to your company. If you have a 3 stage process for example, you can request the agency to do the first steps on your behalf.
Recruitment Agencies Have Access To A Wider Talent Pool
Knowing what your sector market is like is crucial when hiring new employees, such as salary expectations. When partnering with a recruitment agency, they will be able to guide you on this.
If you work with an agency long term, they will get to know your business and develop an acute understanding of who is the right fit within your company culture enabling the hiring process to be extremely efficient. The agency will give any future potential candidate a real understanding into your business.
Recruiters have access to a wide pool of candidates, in which many of them can be passive, meaning they are not actively looking for a new job.
Recruitment Agencies Can Save You Money
By working alongside the right recruitment agency, one that is an extension of your company who understands your company well along with your company ethics and values is not as costly as you may think.
Appointing a Recruitment Agency will ultimately reduce the amount of time and expenses you spend on the hiring process.
Quality over Quantity – Recruiters will have access to a wide network that you may not have in order for them to tap into the best candidates. The ones who are not looking.
Even when you think you, yourself may not be looking, a recruitment agency who knows you and understands your company may receive a CV from that ideal candidate who would be a perfect fit for your company.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to employing a new team member and each business has different requirements. As you can see Recruitment Agencies do have their advantages and can be extremely beneficial.
If you would like to know more how we can help your business then please give us a call today on 01592 645754. We would love to hear from you!