Why you should hire an agency for your recruiting needs

BY MICHAEL TUOHY - JUNE 13, 2016

Recent global research may have indicated that in-house recruiters are relying less on recruitment agencies to fill vacancies, but many reputable staffing businesses are still posting strong results (compared to previous fiscal periods), and year on year the recruitment agency sector continues to grow; whilst offering an important and sought after route for sourcing the best talent.

So what are some of the main advantages of partnering with a recruitment agency?

Knowledge of the market sectors

The best recruiters will have their finger on the pulse of their specialist market sectors, and can give the hiring team insight in to what is happening. They should know the available talent, where they are and how to reach out to them, salary rates, career expectations, available skill-sets and current hiring complexities

Extended reach

Recruiters have a wide reach within each of their many networks  -  each consultant, candidate, client or collaborator has the potential to leverage their networks to help connect you to people with a range of skills and experiences, many of who would be off the radar of an in-house team or hiring manager.

Candidates versus applicants

A lot of talent attraction is aimed at attracting applicants, whether they are responding to an advert, applying on spec, or through your website. A lot of time will be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with candidates. Using a recruitment agency would mean that you see only candidates or job seekers, who have been pre-selected to match all the criteria and (as importantly) the corporate culture.

Brand ambassadors

If you choose your agency wisely, they can add enormous value as brand ambassadors for your business, by providing potential candidates with real insights into the advertised role, corporate culture, business ethos and the ‘golden thread’ of your business.

Recruiting agencies save you time and money

Let’s face it, hiring is expensive.  You can spend a lot of time and money sifting through hires who don't work out. A professional recruiting agency will do the hard work for you; viz. offering a direct route to market to access the best talent that clients would otherwise miss out on, evaluating candidates' portfolios, skills and credentials, performing credible reference checks, conducting verifications on qualifications (and other related checks which may be required) and presenting you with the top choices. The agency will also take care of the administrative side of hiring for you, letting you keep your focus where it belongs: on your business.

In conclusion, there is little doubt that a hard pressed HR or in-house team can benefit enormously from the reach, networks and partnership of a trusted and experienced agency partner.