For companies with a well-developed HR department, it may seem strange or unnecessary to tap an outside recruiter for helping bringing new talent onboard. However, many business professionals are surprised to find that working with a recruiter can actually make their lives a lot easier when it comes to talent acquisition. Here’s why:
- They give you credibility: An outside recruiter can help to bolster the credibility of your brand. Some job seekers are hesitant to trust a representative from a business’s HR department, but an outside recruiter helps to verify to this potential employee that the efforts are legitimate. An outside recruiter may appear more objective, and candidates often feel as if this individual has their best interests in mind in a way that someone within that company would not.
- They cut down on the time you have to spend recruiting: Recruiters spend all day finding top-tier talent. While you might like to be able to do this, chances are that you’re too busy with other tasks. When you want to find top-notch talent, leave it to an outside recruiter. They’ll tap into their deep network of contacts in order to find the very best person for the job. This saves you time, effort, and often frustration as you weed through resumes.
- They give other staff members a break: Even if you have people currently on staff who might have time to do some recruiting, it’s always wise to give them a break from time to time. Good recruiting work is time intensive and often exhausting, and can leave a staff member feeling burnt out. An outside recruiter knows how to get through the process quickly and efficiently, providing assistance to staff members who may already be overworked.
- They know what’s going on in the industry: While you’re probably well aware of developments within your industry, you may not be totally up on how these changes are shaping the candidates you’ll interview for an open position. An outside recruiter gets out in the field every day, and gets to know exactly what kinds of candidates are available. They have a finger on the pulse, so to speak, and they can use it to benefit your company.
While working with an outside agency can prove tremendously useful for your business, before you dive in, take the time to do the research necessary to ensure success. Don’t just Google recruiters and go with the first one you see. Make sure to verify that the recruiter can thoroughly meet your needs, and understands your vision prior to partnering with them.
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