A lot of businesses see recruiting firms as short-term partners, only useful for filling temporary positions. While it’s true that they provide excellent temporary staff, they also make great long-term partners for permanent positions. Like any business relationship, the more time you put into it, the more benefits you’ll realize. Over time, a recruitment agency can become a trusted and irreplaceable part of your business team.
Experience and Expertise
Unless you hire new people every day, you probably don’t stay up to date on all of the standards and practices related to hiring. It’s even less likely that you stay up to speed on all of the relevant changes to each individual position you’re trying to fill. However, that’s exactly what a recruitment agency does. They can help you find out what you’re looking for in an employee, even if you’re not sure yourself. When you want to fill a position, a recruiter can help you with everything from the job posting, to understanding the latest educational and salary expectations. They can help you develop a profile for your ideal employee, and then they can go find that employee for you.
Once the ideal candidate is found, interviewing and on-boarding is a breeze. Unlike most businesses, recruitment agencies conduct interviews nearly every day. Their job requires them to constantly monitor changes in the employment landscape of the industries they serve. The candidates they send have already passed through an extensive interview and background verification process. If you don’t have the time, resources, or expertise to conduct all of the interviews yourself, they can lend you as much, or as little, assistance as you require. In the end, it’s all about finding the best candidate—and that’s what they do all day, every day.
Like educational and industry standards, legal requirements are constantly updated, interpreted, and changed. Unlike educational and industry standards, failing to keep up with legal changes can result in far worse consequences than a bad employee. If you fail to follow the legal requirements of the ESA, for whatever reason, the fines and penalties could do irreparable harm to your business.
Due to the nature of their business, recruiting firms have to stay up to date on changes to the employment laws. They bear the legal responsibility for hundreds, if not thousands, of employees—an oversight could shut them down for good. When you partner with a recruiting firm, you can rest assured that the vetting process has been properly handled. For employees who are contracted through the recruiter, the agency handles all of the paperwork for you. If you choose to independently hire the candidate, the agency can walk you through all of the legal requirements, ensuring that you’re in full compliance.
Saving time is one of the biggest benefits of partnering with a recruiting agency. You can turn your entire hiring process over to them, freeing you to focus on more pressing business matters. You’ll get high-quality candidates when you need them, without the hassle of advertisements, resume reviewing, interviews, follow-ups and reference checks. As your relationship with the recruiter grows, they’ll be better equipped to anticipate your wants and needs. As seasonal upticks or large projects increase your labor needs, you’ll know that competent, qualified help is just a telephone call away. Don’t let the hiring process become a drag on productivity—partnering with a recruiting agency lets you keep your focus on your business.