It’s no secret that hiring managers have historically tried to avoid working with recruitment agencies, opting instead to manage the staffing process internally.
However, in light of ongoing sector-wide skills shortages and the knock-on effect that COVID-19 is having on hiring and retaining talent, the tide is starting to turn.
Here, we explore some of the key reasons why the hiring manager and recruitment agency relationship is stronger than ever.
1. Access to the best talent
Regardless of the industry or sector, hiring managers require the same thing; the ability to attract high-quality candidates in the shortest time possible. Relying solely on in-house resources to get this done can be a daunting prospect and can rack up considerable time, effort and costs.
Recruitment agencies have dedicated resources and tools in place to connect with the best active and passive talent in the market. Also, remember that job-seekers will look to increase their chances of securing the right role by registering with an agency rather than taking the time to apply to individual employers.
Recruitment agency reach is far greater too. Most not only place vacancy adverts on a wide range of job boards but also understand what it takes for adverts to rank highly in candidate job searches.
Every hiring manager has specific requirements, whether it comes down to skills, experience or cultural fit. Such specificity requires expertise from an agency partner that understands your ideal employee and has an extensive database of talent to draw from.
A trusted agency will ensure that you won’t have to sift through a mountain of applications and will instead present you with a shortlist of fully-qualified candidates, rejecting unsuitable ones on your behalf and managing any queries. Not only will this reduce the time and in-house resources you’d need to dedicate to this stage, but it also means a much faster turnaround in filling vacancies.
3. Flexible support
One of the biggest benefits of working with an agency is flexibility. They can identify talent for full-time, permanent roles, as well as individuals for temp and interim positions, allowing you to scale employee levels in line with demand and business performance.
Recruiters are aware that plans can change quickly in business and are experienced in dealing with this. Whether it’s additional staff needed for a project or a change in hiring strategy requiring a greater focus on your temporary workforce, recruiters have the skills to spring into action, meaning there’s no time or resources wasted in your department.
4. Help with employer branding
It’s common knowledge that a good employer branding strategy can help businesses attract better talent, cut down on hiring costs and reduce employee turnover. While large companies can invest a lot of time and money in developing and marketing their employer brand, some SMEs and smaller businesses don’t have the same luxury, which is where a recruitment agency can be useful.
Agencies understand that employer branding extends further than recruitment and retention and is also a valuable tool for engagement. The right agency partner will work with you to cement your employer brand so they can give potential candidates a real insight into your business in terms of culture, team dynamic and benefits. In short, a recruiter becomes an extension of your business and a true advocate for your brand.
5. Recruitment knowledge
Recruitment agencies spend their time providing staffing solutions for a broad range of organisations. As such, recruiters have accrued in-depth and valuable insights into the job market, which hiring managers can tap into at any time.
So, if you’ve got a role and you’re not sure what the right salary is, your recruitment partner will be able to provide accurate market rate information from a combination of salary data and local knowledge. Additionally, a recruitment agency offers an excellent first port-of-call when it comes to gaining expert guidance on current recruitment legislation.
Such knowledge is indispensable when it comes to gaining a true understanding of candidate expectations and the wider demands of the job market both locally and nationally. Not only can this help hiring managers to make more educated decisions which, in turn, will have a positive impact on the bottom line, but it can also inform future recruitment strategies.
Working with PRS
For hiring managers, partnering with PRS will help you identify the skills your organisation needs, inform your future talent strategy, provide valuable resources and free up your time to focus on driving your business forward.
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