28 March 2017
Having been a consultant for seven years, a common challenge that a lot of my clients face when it comes to recruiting is finding people who can think outside of the box. No doubt, filling up a position in a company can take up a lot of time and effort. Many HR professionals find it rather toilsome to ensure there is a continuous flow of top talent being employed in the company. Moreover, they do not have the resources nor the time to thoroughly screen through a list of suitable candidates.
This is where recruitment companies step in to relieve this amount of pressure on organisations by providing specialised support. However, they are often the last resort because companies are not willing to spend money on such services, believing they can do it themselves.
Using my experience in the industry, I have come up with a few reasons why hiring through a recruitment industry is worth the expenditure.
The constant interaction that I have with both candidates and clients ensures that I am consistently up to date with current trends in their respective industries. This enables us to have first-hand knowledge on where to find available talent, industry updates, salary rates, career expectations, available skill-sets and market challenges. Our news alert subscriptions to current trends in the business also guarantees that we have something to communicate with our clients. Therefore, not only do we function as a recruitment agency, we also consult on the practices that we work on. Media monitoring helps us to be aware of opportunities and challenges that industries are currently experiencing. This enables us to anticipate action plans to either tap into an opportunity or contingency plans to overcome challenges.
Here at Hydrogen, not only do we target candidates who are actively looking for job opportunities, but we also headhunt for passive individuals to make sure we have a concrete pool of the best talent out there. Us recruiters are typically well-networked. Each consultant, candidate, client or collaborator has the potential to leverage their networks to match clients to candidates with the perfect fit of skills and experience that fit into their organisation. Quite often, these candidates are off the radar of an in-house team or hiring manager, which is why we often step in to help.
Candidates, not applicants
When a job listing is posted with the aim of attracting the most suitable candidate, it may attract applicants that are not appropriate matches for the role. This will require a lot of time spent and effort from companies to put into filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with the applicants. Many companies outsource these duties to recruitment agencies that provide these services — all the way from headhunting to on-boarding and managing payroll. Not only does this save our clients from pressure and time, it ensures that they will be matched with candidates who fulfill all the criteria they are looking for and are worthy of consideration and an interview.
Help to market client companies
At Hydrogen, we view our client relationships as a true partnership and consider ourselves to be ambassadors of their brand. Choosing the right recruitment agency with expertise in building strong relationships with clients helps to ensure that they can be trusted to market the clients on their behalf. Recruitment agencies who have forged good relationships with clients can give potential candidates an insight into what it is like to work with the client. By being proactive in the promotion of our clients’ brands, we can help to communicate the feel of the company’s culture apart from the benefits and career openings available. The agency represents the employer and can help to answer any queries that shortlisted candidates may have.
Lessen the amount of work
As I’ve mentioned above, recruitment agencies may cover all the duties that an in-house HR professional does, without the added employee count to their companies. A lot of time is saved at the client’s end as everything is outsourced to us. This includes posting of job descriptions, filtering of candidates, interviewing and skills assessment, screening process, reference checks and onboarding. With our experience in the field, clients can be reassured that the most suitable candidates will be placed in their companies. Trusting an agency to carry out all the recruiting responsibilities can allow companies to focus on much more important aspects of their business that requires more attention.
Depending on the nature of the company and the job positions available, many companies have different reasons as to why they would (or would not) employ a recruitment agency to do the hiring for them.
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