As recruitment consultants in Pretoria, our value of opinion is usually the candidates that we find, or that we know of, and the overall market intelligence regarding shifting trends and pay scales, and competitor activity.
The main advantages of using an agency.
Knowledge of the market.
The best recruiters will have their finger on the pulse of their specialist markets, and can give the hiring team insight into what is happening. 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. The best recruiters will act as partners and collaborators, and should still be your eyes and ears in the market.
Some candidates are hard to find. Even if they are currently not active, there’s a strong chance that a good recruiter will know who they are and how to reach them. Agencies have many networks – each consultant, candidate, client or collaborator has the potential to leverage their network 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, not applicants.
A lot of candidates may not be good matches for the role hence a lot of time will be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with them. When we talk about a bad candidate experience it’s normally an applicant experience that we are referring to. Time and resource-poor recruitment teams may be able to run a through matching process. Using a recruitment agency mean that you see only candidates – job seekers who have been pre-selected to match all the criteria that you are looking for and who are worthy of consideration and interview.
Access to key strategic skills.
The number one reason that companies gave for using a recruitment agency was to gain short term access to key strategic skills. With talent shortages now potentially hindering growth it’s not surprising that this is the case. Many recruitment agencies also offer the opportunity to bring in qualified, experienced help at short notice. These flexible solutions are particularly crucial for a long term project or initiative.
Budget / Resource.
Many corporate companies work around Budget and resources. There is a budget of agency fees, but not to gain extra resources. Time constraints to performing a thorough search, it is often easier to managers to interview from agencies shortlist – in fact, many hiring managers, themselves possibly places by recruitment agencies in the past, often favour third-party recruiters. There is little doubt that a hard pressed HR or in-house team can benefit from the reach and networks of a trusted agency partner.