Many industry professionals have long been predicting the decline of agencies, in the face of growing competition from job sites, social networking and internal HR teams, but the industry continues to grow.
Why use a recruiting agency when you can do the job search yourself?
Attracting and retaining the best people is key to achieving competitive advantage. Human capital needs change as companies grow and exceptional employees are always in limited supply. Recruiting the right people for the right job has always been one of the most important factors for the success of any organization.
Using a professional recruiting firm will cost money, but choosing the right competent firm will multiply the chances of hiring top performers for your organisation, thus guaranteed return on investment.
Consider the following…
GIVING ONLY THE BEST CANDIDATES
Often, online postings and print advertising generates a high response rate from unsuitable applicants. This just adds to the volume of work and hinders a company from accessing the real candidate pool. Working with a recruiting firm allows you to concentrate on screening and evaluating, and giving you only the few best to choose from.
LETS THE TEAM GET BACK TO BUSINESS
Many companies don’t have in-house recruiting teams, and end up taking busy senior managers away from their core jobs, in the belief that this will actually save money. Using a recruitment agency lets your team of processionals focus on their main competencies.
ACCESS TO HIDDEN TALENT SOURCES
Quality candidates are hard to find. Recruiters are talking to talented people every day and constantly casting their net for new candidates. They have a detailed roadmap to hidden talent sources that can’t be accessed by newspaper ads or the internet. Often the best people simply aren’t looking in the want ads for something new – they’re busy working for your competitors.
FUNCTION AS A SAFE INTERMEDIARY
The best candidates are often working for competing companies in your own industry, but out of professionalism and caution, would never send a resume to a direct competitor. Recruiters, however, can function as a safe intermediary and guarantee confidentiality.
APPROACH PASSIVE CANDIDATES
A professional recruiter will bring advanced skills and resources to the search that most hiring managers and HR managers don’t possess or use rarely. Skills like how to headhunt into competitors or how to approach a passive candidate to qualify them for their receptiveness to looking at a new opportunity.
FAMILIAR WITH THE COMPANIES
Generally recruiting firms are used to frequently working with the same companies, hence they become familiar with their profile, their strategies, their challenges and achievements, their business culture, their expectations and their employees. This enables them to “sell” the company and position to potential candidates more successfully.