Hiring the right people is one of the toughest challenges that every business faces. It is only with the right team that a company can thrive and grow. This is why it is so important for businesses and managers to recruit effectively.
For employers, recruiting isn’t getting easier. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to attract top talent to businesses because candidates have so much choice. This is why more and more employers are choosing to work with good recruiters that have the expertise to find high-calibre candidates.
If you’re unsure about whether working with a recruitment partner is the right option for you, here are some points to consider.
Recruiting requires a large investment of time and effort
Writing and posting job adverts, sifting through applications and speaking to and chasing up applicants takes a lot of time. And a lot of that time is usually spent reading CVs and speaking to candidates who, in the end, aren’t actually a great fit for the role.
By using a good recruiter, the only candidates you need to see are the ones who match your criteria and are worthy of your time and consideration. Your recruiter will manage the entire process and you’ll simply have to meet with some great candidates and make a final decision.
Good recruiters have expert knowledge of the job market and specific industries
Good recruiters keep up to speed with exactly what is happening in the job market and particularly what’s happening in their area of expertise. This gives them an insight into:
- What talent and skill-sets are available
- Where to find the best talent
- How to reach talent
- What salary rates are competitive
- Current difficulties in the market
By working in partnership with a recruiter you will be able to utilise this knowledge and attract the right talent to your business. A recruiter’s role isn’t just about finding you CVs, they should also be a trusted advisor that can be your eyes and ears in the market.
Good recruiters have the ability to reach a wider pool of candidates
The very best talent isn’t often out there applying for roles every day. High-quality candidates are not easy to find, so recruiting isn’t as simple as posting a job advert and getting instant results.
Good recruiters build relationships with a lot of professionals in their sector and are therefore able to reach out to these professionals with relevant roles. Their networks are extremely valuable and are mostly made up of passive candidates who aren’t actively looking for a new role. Employers or in-house teams would struggle to find these candidates as they stay off the radar until a time when they decide to actively look for a new job.
Recruiters also have access to valuable CV databases and recruitment tools that employers don’t.
Good recruiters can help with your employer brand
Super-corporations such as Virgin and Google invest a huge amount of time and resources in creating and promoting their employer brand, but this is a difficult task for the vast majority of businesses.
If you find a good recruitment partner who can get a real insight into your business then they will be able to paint a picture and sell your employer brand to candidates. Good recruiters know about:
- What it’s like to work for your company
- What the key benefits are
- What the company culture and values are
- Who key managers are
Armed with this knowledge, good recruiters can represent you as an employer of choice and address any concerns that candidates may have.
Good recruiters have interview expertise
The art of interviewing isn’t as easy as it looks. But it’s just asking some standard questions, right? Wrong! Recruiters know what questions to ask and how to get the most out of candidates. They also know exactly how to uncover candidate motivations and how to address any red flags in a professional manner.
Bringing it all together
In 2016 the recruitment market grew by 9% and continues to grow year on year as many employers see the benefits of using good recruiters to fill their roles.
So what are you waiting for? If you want to find your perfect recruitment partner, take a look at those listed on the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s member directory.