The world of recruitment agencies can appear obscure to those who’ve never dipped their toes in. From industry terminology to the purpose of these agencies themselves it can be easy for an outside perspective to overlook the great potential of working with a recruitment agency.
“Talent acquisition specialists”, “recruiters”, “head-hunters”… Many will ask the question why would I pay for this service when I can simply hire or job hunt on my own?
In reality, there’s a myriad of benefits to working with a recruitment agency that you’d be irked to hear you’re missing out on — whether you’re an organization looking to hire or you’re the one searching for a job.
The Role of Recruitment Agencies
Before you commit to working with a recruitment agency, it’s likely that you’ll want to understand the exact role they play.
The Business Directory definition of a recruiter is ‘An individual who works to fill job openings in businesses or organizations. Recruiters will work from resumes or by actively soliciting individuals qualified for positions. A recruiter’s job includes reviewing a candidate’s job experiences, negotiating salaries, and placing candidates in agreeable employment positions. Recruiters typically receive a fee from the hiring employers.’
A recruitment agency as a whole is typically amassed of various individual recruiters. Recruitment agencies collect large databases of job candidates and work to pair the perfect candidates with open positions within the organizations in which they work beside.
Cast a Wider Net by Working with a Recruiting Agency
Whether you’re a job candidate or an employer looking to hire, there’s no debating the fact that your reach expands exponentially by working with a recruiting agency.
Employers: Recruiting Agencies Can Reach Your Prime Candidates
Yes, there are countless online and public job boards, social media and your organization’s website to post your open positions on. But are you reaching directly out to the ideal job candidate by doing so or are you leaving yourself inundated with hundreds of resumes that don’t fit the bill?
Recruiters have their hands directly in the pool of job candidates. It’s a recruiter’s job to maintain a network of quality candidates that have been vetted for various positions. Not to mention that recruitment agencies have access to complex candidate databases that you, as an employer, can’t access.
Recruiting agencies take your job listings into their own hands. They assure that your open positions are posted in all the right places — you don’t have to worry about it. Beyond that, they will reach out to their vast network of qualified professionals to share the opportunities with your organization.
Recruiters Have Access to the Perfect Candidate… Who Isn’t Actively Job Hunting
Beside the complex databases, job market intelligence and job boards, recruiters often have knowledge of talented professionals who may not actively be searching for a job.
Recruiters know how to reach these ‘passive talents’ and, if they find that this individual would excel within your organization, will reach out to them and be ready to negotiate. Recruiters can often incentivise your open position with these top talents in a way that leaves them ready to make a move.
Recruiters Hold the Key to the Jobs You’re Hunting
As a candidate scouring job boards, you likely already know that looking for a full time job is a full time job in itself. It can be disheartening and straight up exhausting to search job boards, apply, refine your resume, apply some more, and be met with silence.
Fortunately, you have other options.
The benefits you gain as a client working with a recruitment agency are astronomical. Recruiters take the time to get to know you. They understand your soft skills and hard skills, past experience, and behavior. Recruiters use this knowledge to dive into their network of organizations and open positions and find the right fit.
On average, a single job posting receives 250 applicants. Furthermore, this outpouring of applications can begin within only 5 minutes of the job being posted! Want a leg up on this fierce competition? Work with a recruiting agency.
Recruiters have the connections and ability to bypass much of this white noise and get straight through to the hiring organization. If a recruiter finds that you’d be a solid fit they have the ability to vouch for you and bring your resume to the top of that stack of 200 applicants.
Access Job Opportunities Not Available to the Public
As if the above wasn’t reason enough to join forces with a recruitment agency on your next job hunt, we’re going to key you in on a bit of an industry secret.
Organizations with complex hiring processes often work with either in-house recruiters or hire recruitment agencies to fill their highly desired positions. This means that, at times, these organizations will work with recruiters to try and fill positions before they ever have to open them up to the public.
By working with a recruitment agency you may gain access to positions that the public will never know existed.