Finding the missing piece to your puzzle can be very stressful at times, the same applies when you're searching for that one or more unique individuals to become part of your business family. However, it doesn't need to be, because recruiting a recruiter will take that heavy weight from your shoulder and give you time to take a deep breath and patiently wait for your company to fill up with the people you need to get it heading for success.
What is a recruiter?
A recruiter is an individual, usually working in partnership with human resource departments, who is responsible for locating and obtaining new employees for skilled or specific positions. Recruiters can use many different methods to approach new employees, whether it is cold calling, social media or head hunting.
Why should you use a recruiter?
Your company should use a recruiter because the best people aren't on the job market -they already working. They don't visit the employment agency sites, if YOU want to hire these people you have to find them, because they aren't searching for you. Identifying and approaching this hidden talent is not an easy task, but that's what trained recruiters do every day. Also, a specialist recruiter can help you avoid mistakes in the hiring process by providing an objective investigation of a candidate and can save you time by screening candidates against your requirements and doing the necessary qualification, credit and work history checks.
When does it make sense to use a recruiter?
Using a recruiter is fundamental when the position you need to fill is important and urgent to your company. A recruiter specialise in finding serious career-minded people, people that is not interested in short term jobs but careers. This means that a recruiter will find you the best-qualified candidate for the job.
Is it important for recruiters to have experience in your industry?
Yes, for a start, to find you the best talent they have to know the market, understand the skill requirements, interpret the market conditions and identify the best possible candidates from the limited talent pool. Their experience in your industry is vital in ensuring you land the best people with the expert skills you require. The more they understand your job description, company culture and what is important to your position, the easier it will be to find you the right hire. They will also have a better knowledge of where to start looking or where not to look for qualified candidates.
An ongoing relationship with a recruiter, is it vital?
An ongoing relationship with your recruiter is just as important as having a good relationship with your attorney or insurance agent. Good recruiters are particularly valuable if you have numerous hiring requests, if the recruiter is already familiar with your company, they should be able to respond much quicker to your requests. Good recruiters keep up with industry trends, employee benefits and personnel planning. They have a unique understanding of their clients' needs, areas of growth and can quickly and effectively identify talent to help an organization reach its goals.
How do you know you have the best recruiter?
Specialist recruitment agencies worth their salt are well-known in their focus areas which encourages high-caliber candidates to contact them. This ensures a continuous pool of relevant talent.
There are certain signs that will help you determine whether the recruiter is doing a good job or not. Look at the candidates who have been presented to you. Do they meet your criteria for experience and skills? Are they prepared for the interview? This is sign that the person you have recruited for the job is a keeper for future ventures as well.
Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. We specialise in the sourcing of top candidates in the Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight industries, both for permanent and contracting placements throughout South Africa, and the African continent.