When online job boards such as Reed and CV Library were launched, everyone feared for the future of recruitment agencies. When the professional social networking site, LinkedIn gained millions of users, once again we all thought recruiters didn’t stand a chance.
Despite everything that has been thrown their way, agencies have well and truly stood the test of time. What’s more, while many think the industry is hanging on by a thread, it’s actually growing.
In 2017, the recruitment industry grew at its fastest rate ever and more than 9,000 new agencies were founded. Its current worth is an impressive £35 billion a year and is consistently growing year-on-year.
Recruiters have of course had to adapt the way they operate so they can align themselves with modern approaches but here are three reasons why recruitment agencies are here to stay.
Recruitment is difficult
Recruitment is not a quick or simple process and if it is, you’re probably going to end up hiring the wrong person. From writing job specs which are going to appeal to top candidates and knowing how to identify the very best talent just from their CV to organising interviews and all the formalities of making a job offer – finding a new hire is a full time job in itself.
Recruiters also have an advantage that most people don’t. They deal with candidates day in and day out and have done so for many years. This means they’ve become experts in spotting employees which are going to be the right fit for your company both culturally and with regards to their skills and experience.
They know where to find passive talent
If someone is actively looking for a new role, they will apply to your advertised position. The truth of the matter is however that often the best candidates aren’t the ones who are actively looking to change jobs.
This isn’t to say that someone who has applied for a position isn’t going to be the best person for the job but with the UK’s current skills crisis, employers have to work hard to find the very best talent.
Recruiters have the softer skills and salesmanship that a computer screen simply can’t possess which means they can bring open-minded talent to the table.
Agencies which specialise in a particular industry are invaluable to your recruitment process. If you’re looking for a marketing manager, you need a company which focuses solely on filling marketing roles, if you need a builder, you should only use a construction specialist and if you need an accountant, a finance recruitment agency is your best bet.
- A specialist recruiter is incredibly well-networked and they will be on great terms with all the best candidates. Not only do personal recommendations go a long way when it comes to hiring, if a recruiter already knows of the best person for the job, it dramatically speeds up the recruitment process.
- An agency which has been recruiting in a certain field over a long period of time has seen every position imaginable. They are absolute experts in their industry and they are the people who are in the best position to help and advise both companies and employees.
If you would like help with your recruitment process, please feel free to contact Choralis Consulting and we will be more than happy to help.