Almost every employer has tried their hand at recruiting their own staff at some point and it’s easy to see why. Online job boards and social networking sites make it easier than ever for companies to reach out to job seekers they would never normally have access to.
While it may seem logical and more cost-effective to cut out the middle-man, why do the majority of organisations end up going back to their old faithful recruitment agency? Unfortunately, finding candidates with the right skills and qualifications who will also be the right cultural fit and want to stay with the company for many years, is incredibly difficult to do.
The job of a recruitment agency is far more complex than people realise and here are just a few of the benefits of using one.
Instant access to candidates
Recruitment agencies have a huge database full of candidates. This means that rather than waiting for people to apply to your position, chances are they know of suitable candidates without even needing to advertise the role. This speeds up the recruitment process dramatically and you can also feel confident that they will only put forward candidates they know and trust.
Saves you time
Unless you get very lucky, the recruitment process is often long and time-consuming. From writing out job specifications and sifting through hundreds of applicants to interviewing and sending out contracts, it can take weeks and sometimes even months.
When you’re trying to keep on top of your normal workload, things can get on top of you very quickly and you may end up hiring the wrong person just for the sake of getting the whole thing over with.
A recruitment agency can take care of all of this for you and they’re always happy to meet candidates before sending them in for an interview so you know you’re only getting the best quality coming through. Even once you have made a decision, the agency will look after everything from getting contracts signed to negotiating pay and terms and conditions.
Can save money
Some companies don’t like to use agencies because of course, there is a cost involved with doing so. Even though you might want to cut costs wherever possible, it’s well worth remembering that the cost of a bad hire is far more significant than just using an agency in the first place.
If you do it yourself and it goes wrong, you need to re-advertise, interview all over again, you’ve lost the salary you were paying your failed recruit, you may be a team member down for some time and then of course there’s the cost of lost morale that a bad hire can cause.
Unfortunately, the best candidates aren’t easy to find because nine times out of 10 they’re not actively looking and they can also choose to be as selective as they like. Even if a candidate isn’t currently active in their job search, there’s a strong possibility that a good recruiter who know who they are and how to reach them.
If you would like Choralis Consulting to help you find high quality candidates to fill your vacancies, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help.