One of the things I have found myself being asked regularly by my marketing team is: “Why do you use a Recruitment Agency?” Despite the fact that the job market can fluctuate and candidate sourcing can be more difficult at times than at others, a good Recruitment Agency is worth its weight in gold in today’s competitive environment, and a marketer posting Jobs on Facebook, which will soon be removed in the UK, cannot be relied upon to provide for our recruitment needs. It’s better to let them do their thing, and allow a proper Recruitment Agency to do what they do best.
A Recruitment Agency that understands your company’s culture, skill sets required, experience, and vision will act as an extension of your company and will be able to find you the most qualified candidates to fit your business quickly through their own connections and resources, acting as an extension of your business. Working with an agency that shares your company’s core values and ethos can assist you in promoting your company’s brand and introducing you to candidates who would otherwise be out of reach.
In today’s highly competitive, candidate-driven market, the use of a Recruitment Agency is critical in ensuring that the right employees are hired. They are professionals at what they do; this is what they do for a living. They have years of experience recruiting for their clients in a variety of industries, including finance, professional services, real estate, technology, hospitality, media, design, and FMCG, to name a few.
When you hire a reputable agency, they will have a pool of live candidates who are looking to join companies like yours. They will be familiar with their backgrounds, aspirations/long-term career goals, salary expectations, and most importantly, their personalities! They will also have access to a large pool of passive candidates, who are not necessarily looking for work but are interested in exciting opportunities that come their way.
When you work with the right agency, you can enjoy greater peace of mind and avoid a great deal of frustration. Recruiting can be stressful and time-consuming, detracting from your ability to do what you do best, which is your job! It is possible to complete tasks such as screening CVs, scheduling interviews, interviewing, obtaining comparisons, negotiating over contract details, referencing, and even payroll through the use of an employment agency in a timely manner.
The Recruitment Agency will minimise the disruption caused by any personnel changes within your company and can facilitate a smooth transition from one staff member to the next. Agencies can also provide you with a temporary solution to fill any vacancies or assist you with projects that require additional support in the areas you need. All of these temporary employees have already been interviewed, skill tested, and reference checked by the agency, and they are ready to start working right away.
Furthermore, a recruitment agency can provide additional services to your company, such as salary surveys, in-depth knowledge of the industry, assistance with work contracts and the writing of job specifications, as well as being available to assist you in the event you encounter any teething problems with your newly hired employees. Make use of their knowledge and resources, cultivate loyal and trustworthy relationships within the agency, and the value that they can provide will be incalculably greater.
As a candidate, the advantages of working with a Recruitment Agency are significant. Whether you are looking for your first job right out of high school or university, or you are an Executive Assistant at the pinnacle of your career, an agency can provide you with a plethora of opportunities and career advice moving forward in your professional life. The companies that will suit you and provide you with the development and career challenges that you seek will be well-known to them because of their expert knowledge of the industry. They will have connections within companies that will allow them to expedite your advancement to the interview stage, and they will be able to provide you with interview training and tips prior to these crucial meetings. As a result, you will have the best chance of securing a position in this competitive market.
Good recruitment agencies will spend time getting to know you, learning about your motivations and personal preferences, in order to ensure that you are introduced to the right companies for your skills and experience. Agencies can assist with a wide range of roles in a variety of industries, including finance, professional services, real estate, technology, hospitality, media, design, and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). Depending on their specialisation, they can assist with a variety of different roles ensuring you have the best candidates to fill positions at your company.
In the course of your job search, recruitment agencies will be there to support you at every stage. During the process, your abilities can be tested, which will identify any areas that require improvement. Critical feedback will be provided throughout the process. As a result of the strong relationship that has developed between the Recruitment Agency and the company, candidates will have access to company information that is not available on job boards, as well as the added benefit of being fully briefed on the background of the company, company culture, and personalities of the teams or individuals who are seeking support. The agency can assist with any contract negotiations that may be necessary once a candidate has been selected and an offer has been extended. This includes negotiating contract terms and start dates.
Additionally, a Recruitment Agency can assist you throughout your career, and developing a strong working relationship with an agency can be beneficial even if you are not actively seeking a new position. In addition, they can advise you on how to go about getting a pay raise and securing that next promotion, they can introduce you to specialised networking groups, and they can alert you to the possibility of landing that dream job even if you are not actively looking for it.