Recruiters make Your Life Easier - 5 Ways
Greaaaaat! You just learned a top performer has announced that they are moving on to another company. Anticipating the pending impact on team morale and productivity, you’re tempted to start looking for their replacement on your own right away. But before you post that job and face an overwhelming response, consider these five reasons why working with a recruiter might be your best bet:
ESTABLISHED NETWORK, EXTENDED REACH
Perhaps the number one reason to engage outside recruiting and staffing support is the network that these professionals bring to bear. Because many recruiters specialize in a business sector or functional area, their web of talent is wide, multi-layered and sticky. Few individuals spend more time building and nurturing their connections than recruiters – especially those who bring many years of experience and expertise.
In addition to access to fresh talent actively looking to make a job move, recruiters also have the inside track to the most difficult to reach talent-the passive candidates. This pool of hidden talent is contentedly employed – often by your competitors – and may be ‘blind’ to job postings and ‘deaf’ to outreach from hiring managers. Recruiters have established relationships with these candidates and are often more effective in getting them to consider an opportunity. Sometimes the passive candidate has never heard of your company or maybe would never have considered it as an employer. In these situations, the recruiter serves as your employment brand ambassador – talking up all the reasons your company is a great place to work.
SINGULAR FOCUS, NO DISTRACTIONS
You’re probably a rock star at what you do for work. But is recruiting in your job description? And do you even have time for that? Last we checked, almost everyone is stretched pretty thin in today’s workplace. Your work hours should be spent delivering against your core competency and crushing your business objectives. Plus, remember, time is money. Staffing professionals have the recruiting and hiring process optimized for maximum efficiency and returns. This, along with their singular focus, will speed the time to hire.
SIFTING, SCREENING, SUBSTANTIATING
There’s no question that technology and the Internet continue to make life easier. That includes how simple it has become for applicants to respond to job openings on digital job boards or postings on your website. Imagine all those applications as seedlings in a wide open ﬁeld – a few of those might be beautiful ﬂowers, but the majority of those are going to be weeds. Do you have the time and expertise to discern between the two? A single posting could generate hundreds to thousands of resume submissions. Recruiters bring the systems, processes, expertise and bandwidth needed to weed out the candidates that are the best match – from a skill, personality and company culture perspective.
REAL WORLD, REAL TIME GUIDANCE ON JOB SPECS & OFFERS
Because recruiters have their ﬁnger on the pulse of the job market, they are an endless source of the most up to date information on ways that jobs and skill sets are evolving, how employers are structuring job offers, and what might lure the most in-demand talent. Need help developing a job description? Want to benchmark salaries for open positions? Looking for intel on what your biggest competitor includes in their beneﬁts package? Recruiters are invaluable in helping scope out the most compelling employment proposition.
GUARANTEES MITIGATE THE RISK OF HIRING
A bad hire can be costly – in terms of money lost, time wasted, and team morale hurt. For recruiters, it can also mean not being paid on the placement, as most reputable recruiters offer a guarantee on the search and hire. With skin in the game, this makes your recruiting partner highly motivated to make sure the candidates they present will be successful at your company. But, should you decide to recruit on your own, and the hire doesn’t work out, the breakdown falls on your shoulders. Ensure a great outcome and keep your reputation golden by wisely choosing an expert recruiter.