You need a financial advisor to advise you on your wealth management. You need a realtor to suggest suitable houses to buy and sell. You need a law agency to represent you on legal matters. Why wouldn’t you go to a recruitment agency for better employment opportunities?
A recruiter has to make sure their candidate and client are a match. That means ensuring that the candidate won’t walk away or that other competitors don’t fill the position. It also means making sure the candidate is a good fit for both the role and the team. Simply phrased: a timing and culture fit.
This is a lot to handle, which brings us to 3 major reasons you should work with a recruitment agency.
Reason 1: Outsourcing – It is the Trend
Like technology outsourcing, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is increasingly popular amongst various industries. Employers tend to work with recruitment and staffing agencies because they have larger talent pools and more stable talent pipelines.
Instead of setting up their own talent acquisition departments, some mid/large companies give their position requests to external recruitment agencies that are better informed about the talent market. They act quickly and can bring more qualified candidates. They can also lower the hiring budget. To employers, working with recruitment agencies could be more cost-effective and time-efficient.
Reason 2: Recruitment Agencies are Resourceful
For job seekers, recruitment and staffing agencies have more position resources. There are numerous agencies that have different specialties. For example, some deal with office and administrative roles, and some concentrate on information and technology positions. Some work on only temporary employment.
Job seekers at different levels and in various industries can always look for the corresponding agencies and find information about employment opportunities.
Usually, a staffing or recruitment agency consists of recruiters who work on sourcing, screening and interviewing processes and account managers who work on business development – reaching out to the clients and getting more positions. By providing professional services to employers, recruiters can obtain more positions and contacts, making them resourceful with employment opportunities.
Reason 3: Recruitment Agencies Are Professional
External recruiters have extensive hiring experience and HR knowledge. They have a strong sense of recruiting trends and understand corporate hiring procedures. They are sophisticated in helping applicants polish resumes and prepare for interviews.
Some recruiters even assist people in planning their career paths. Recruiters like this are called Recruitment Consultants or Talent Advisors. A professional consultant or advisor will not be a one-time recruiter but rather a trusted friend. Your talent advisor will assist you in your long-term career development.
Some may argue that they didn’t get treated well while working with recruitment agencies. Indeed, many candidates complain that they didn’t get updated after having external recruiters submit their job applications. However, unlike other agency types, which have a longer cycle to deal with their cases, recruitment cycles usually run fast, limiting a recruiter’s time to interact with candidates.
For job seekers, it is essential to follow up with recruiters, whether they are with external agencies or corporate divisions. It is also critical for recruiters to be more focused on delivering a good quality of service instead of merely pursuing metrics and KPIs to achieve short-term targets. It is always true that if you care about your candidates and help them grow in their careers, they will trust you and treat you as a life-long advisor.