In recent years, some industry commentators have predicted that it is only a matter of time before recruitment agencies become obsolete. After all, growing competition from those ubiquitous job boards, internal specialist staff hiring teams and good old social networking all mean that candidates can easily come across ample job opportunities. It seems there are many places for people to go looking for work but this can be a hindrance as well as a blessing for us all!
However, the reported death of the recruitment agency may be a little premature! Recruitment agencies do still play a vital role in not only finding talent for companies, but also nurturing suitable candidates into fully prepared professionals that anyone would be glad to hire.
But that’s not all they are good for, as B&K Recruitment explains with the following 6 advantages of hiring through a specialist job recruitment agency.
An In-depth understanding of the Job Market
Recruitment agencies should be regarded as your eyes and ears of the job market. They will live and breathe this landscape on a daily basis and be able to provide you with a great deal of insight about specialist markets and current trends.
Also, they are the only source that can tell you about what talent is available, where they are located, and how to get in contact with them. Recruitment agencies can also provide advice on salary rates, career expectations, available skill-sets, and hiring complexities.
The Ability to Cast a Wider Net
The problem many in-house hiring teams have is that they often struggle to locate and contact possible candidates. But irrespective of whether these potential matches are currently unavailable or failing to respond to job advertisements, recruitment agencies have the resources to reel more candidates in.
Consultants and clients will be able to leverage their respective networks and put you in touch with people that possess your required expertise but were previously unavailable to in-house teams.
Knowing the difference between an Applicant and Candidate
In-house teams will be tasked with filtering and assessing each application to see whether there are any potential matches. But chances are there will be more people that don’t meet the job description than potential members of staff.
However, a recruitment agency does not need to sift through these applicants, as it should already have a database of suitable candidates lined up, pre-selected to match your criteria.
Boosting The Brand’s Reputation
Along with locating capable candidates, recruitment agencies can also provide prospective employees with an introduction to the company culture, benefits of the job, career opportunities, and any other information that will increase their interest.
But in order for this to happen, you must let the agency get to know your business and some of the key members of staff.
Helping with Talent Shortages
According to one of REC’s recent JobsOutlook surveys, the main reason that companies are using recruitment agencies is to gain short-term access to key strategic skills. In fact, this has been growing in importance for the past 3 years.
Seeing as talent shortages have the potential to hinder growth, companies want to bring in experienced and qualified staff at short notice. But only a recruitment agency can afford such flexibility.
More Cost-effective and Less Time-consuming than Internal Recruitment
Despite the fact companies have to pay agency fees for using a third-party recruiter, they will also gain an extra, often-invaluable resource. What’s more, they don’t have to waste time searching for and filtering through potential candidates.
Therefore, recruitment agencies, such as B&K Recruitment, offer both job hunters and hirers alike a much more cost-effective and less-time consuming way of putting together a capable and competent workforce.
Simply put, there are still, as ever, a great many advantages of Recruitment Agencies for both job candidates and hiring employers alike.