How Do Recruitment Agencies Work? What You Need to Know

You have a talented team, and you have yourself to thank for that. You knew how to recruit the best, and those employees have now helped your business reach the point where it’s time to expand.

But what now? You can’t keep recruiting for every role personally. Your day-to-day life is becoming more demanding, and delegation is becoming the norm.

So now’s the time for your business to take the next natural step and use an external recruitment agency. To put you in the picture, here’s an overview of what you can expect with an external agency during the hiring process.

Create And Run Job Ads

When you have a new position to fill, your first task is to write a compelling and accurate job description and advertise that post.

That’s where an agency can help. You approach an agency with your high-level requirements. They’ll use their experience to write an excellent job description on your behalf.

The added benefit of this approach is that an agency will know how to make that ad sound appealing to the right candidate.

Don’t forget: you must sell your company to the best candidate as much as that candidate sells their skills to you.

Agencies will also know the best advertising methods, including online job search sites. They’ll be able to get that ad posted quickly in the correct format.

Tap Into An Existing Database

Agencies will already have potential job candidates on their private database. These will be people who might have applied for other jobs via the agency, and they’ll probably have an up-to-date resume for that person.

That means that the agency you work with might already know the best person for your role. That will enable you to skip a lengthy recruitment process of interviewing hundreds of potential candidates.

Vet Candidates

You probably don’t want the job of sifting through hundreds of resumes for each post.

That’s where an agency comes in. They’ll be able to screen through each resume and provide you with a shortlist of high-quality candidates that meet your minimum criteria.

Experienced recruitment agencies can also spot warning signs on a resume to flag up a potential issue. For example, they might spot an unexplained gap in employment or a potential visa problem if applying from overseas.

Help Manage The Legal Side Of Things

Agencies can also help draw up the employment contract and other paperwork when you are ready to make an offer to a candidate.

That might also include other legal challenges you have during the recruitment process, such as confidentiality agreements.

A staffing agency may also deal with other HR concerns. For example, onboarding and mandatory training for new employees before they can start work.

Negotiate On Your Behalf

Finally, a recruiter is an extension of your team when hiring employees. They will act in your best interests when negotiating a salary and benefits offered for your preferred candidate.

Most agencies work on a commission, so finding someone suitable for the role is in their interests.

A Hiring Process That Helps You Grow

Business growth depends on recruiting the most talented people. And an external recruitment agency will help you future-proof your hiring process as you expand.

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