Elevate Your Hiring Strategy: The Benefits of Partnering with a Recruitment Agency
Recruiting new team members can be a daunting task. Finding the right person who fits the company culture, has the right skill set, and is passionate about the industry isn’t easy. And then, getting them to agree to join your company (versus staying with their current employer or accepting a competing offer) is another feat. It’s time-consuming, exhausting – and unavoidable.
Hiring well is important. You can have the best plan in the world, but if you don’t have the right people on your team at the right time, your ability to execute is hindered. And when you’re feeling tapped out by an unproductive search or overwhelmed by the prospect of adding “hire team members” to your taxed to-do list, using a recruitment agency – like us! – can reap numerous benefits for you, your company, and its bottom line.
Gain Access to a Wider Talent Pool
Recruitment agencies have access to a broad pool of talent. They often have a vast database of candidates that they have previously screened and vetted, plus access to job boards and other resources that aren’t available to the general public.
Along with tapping into their extensive network of specialized talent, recruitment agencies proactively identify and headhunt potential candidates who aren’t actively looking for work. These individuals (also known as “passive candidates”) don’t monitor job boards or send in applications but might be open if the right opportunity came along. And if they have the proper skills and experience, recruiters make sure your role is on their radar.
Save Time and Money
Hiring is a time-consuming and often expensive process. Writing job descriptions, posting job ads, researching and targeting passive candidates, reviewing resumes, conducting interviews – depending on your team’s size and capacity, it can quickly turn into an overwhelming task. Not to mention the costs incurred by hiring the wrong person, a pricey endeavor that lands you back at square one but, this time, with less money and wasted time.
Recruitment agencies can take care of all of these steps, alleviating the strain on internal resources. By conducting initial screenings and vetting candidates, recruiters can give you a curated list of people to consider. This streamlines the hiring process and increases the probability of finding a strong candidate who fits with your company culture and has the skills required for the role.
Leverage Expertise in the Industry
Choosing to work with an agency that occupies a particular niche within recruitment means you’ll also benefit from their specialized knowledge and deep understanding of the industry.
This expertise means you’ll receive job-specific intel and insights. As they learn more about your ideal candidate profile, recruiters can offer advice on what you may want to add to your existing list of requirements or provide guidance in narrowing down exactly what you need. Once they’ve got a strong handle on what you’re looking for, recruiters can expertly pitch and screen candidates you’d like to target.
Gather Valuable Insight
Another benefit of working with a recruiter is that they can provide valuable insights into numerous aspects of the hiring process. From sharing market data about trends, competitors and salary expectations to offering feedback on job descriptions, interview best practices, assessment options and salary negotiations, there’s no shortage of wisdom that a recruitment agency can provide.
Acting as a neutral middle party, your recruiter can also offer candidate-specific insights about the motivations, barriers, questions or concerns that may factor into the individual’s decisions but might not be addressed in a typical interview setting.
At times, it’s appropriate to maintain a level of confidentiality when it comes to the hiring process. Organizational restructuring, personnel layoffs, yet-to-be-announced projects – when you need to find new employees during a sensitive season, recruitment agencies are your best asset. An external agency can keep the hiring process private, which can be helpful for maintaining employee morale, smoothing out transitional bumps, and more.
Hiring new team members can – but doesn’t have to – be a challenging process. Using a recruitment agency provides several benefits, including giving you access to a wider pool of talent, saving time and money, offering industry expertise, providing valuable insights, and maintaining confidentiality. Plus, gaining a little extra peace of mind and enjoying a clear(er) calendar aren’t so bad either.
Smart, Savvy + Associates is a recruitment agency that specializes in finding talent for marketing, communications and creative roles. Since 2007, their team of marketers-turned-recruiters have successfully placed hundreds of qualified professionals into companies throughout Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Learn more about the company’s services or apply for one of the job opportunities on their website.