For many businesses, finding a ‘star’ candidate is a full time job. Without these star performers businesses cannot grow. Some may even fail altogether!
Choosing a specialist recruitment consultancy
If you are responsible for the recruitment of highly skilled staff within your business, working with a specialist recruitment agency and measuring their success rate may be two of your responsibilities. We have put together a quick checklist of measures that may help you when it comes to deciding which specialist recruitment consultancy to partner with.
We have split these questions into two parts - Rational and Emotional benefits. It is important that your business works with an agency that is not only knowledgeable about your market but is easy to work with and prepared to go the extra mile.
These questions may be useful to ask when you come to review your current agency arrangements or when you put your recruitment supplier arrangements out to tender.
Your specialist recruitment consultancy checklist
This list is by no means exhaustive but may go some way to helping you ask the right questions when deciding on who to instruct, when it comes to your recruitment needs.
A specialist agency is your first priority
Ged McElroy, Cabling General Manager at Voltcom argues that if you are in the market for a candidate who has a very niche set of skills, you must ensure that working with a specialist recruitment agency is your first priority.
“The main reason why we use a specialist recruitment agency is for their knowledge of the industry. Because of their focus, these agencies produce better results too. Their ability to channel their resources into looking for a very specific set of skills, sets them apart from the rest.
"This specialism in candidate recruitment enables them to manage more jobs for their specific industry which in turn attracts more specialist candidates. Over time this helps them to build a database of skilled candidates which we may need to call upon in the near future.
"These types of agencies tend to be more focused on building long-term relationships, not just with their clients but also with their candidates. We know from experience that it is common for the same candidate to be placed many times by the same recruiter throughout their career.
"Many non-specialist agencies will attempt to place a candidate without fully understanding their requirements. The specialist recruiter will make a point of carrying out site visits and meeting with the client to fully understand their candidate requirements. This will help the recruiter put the best possible candidate CVs forward.
"When we instruct an agency, it is usually because we lack the internal resource, candidate network or skills to properly recruit the right candidate. By using a specialist agency we meet candidates that we would not have found through our own internal teams or our other recruitment channels.
"Having identified possible candidates that match our requirements, the specialist agency will act as an intermediary to determine whether the individual might be interested in moving jobs and also carry out an initial screening of the candidate. This can only be carried out by a recruitment consultancy that knows their market, their industry and their clients’ needs.”
Rail jobs, Power Network jobs, Construction jobs
Resourcing Solutions has been operating for over 17 years and our success is down to the quality of the recruitment consultants we employ. This is one of the reasons why our recruitment teams have been busy throughout 2014 and why Ged continues to invest in our expertise.
Our strength in numbers, discipline areas, recruitment experience and market knowledge have all contributed to the uplift in our recruitment activity.
For more information on the specialist sectors and disciplines we recruit for, visit our Rail, Power Networks, Construction and Professional Services pages using the buttons below. Alternatively you can contact Resourcing Solutions on +44 (0)118 932 0100 or comment in the box provided below.