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What You Can Expect From Working with a Recruitment Partner

Posted on 18th January 2018 by Parker Bridge

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There’s no question that having the right people in the right jobs can lead to a more innovative, productive, and profitable business. However, as the New Zealand job market continues to boom, many companies are still facing difficulties when trying to attract qualified professionals in an increasingly candidate-driven landscape.

The growing demand for Hiring Managers to find best-in-market candidates is leaving some with quite a headache. If this sounds familiar, then engaging a recruitment partner could be exactly what your business needs. Here’s why.

Why should I work with a recruitment company?

There are several tell-tale signs that could indicate your business is facing a recruitment crisis. For example, if your job advertisements don’t seem to be generating enough interest, your candidates look great on paper but fall flat in their interviews, or you seem to be settling for the best of a bad bunch rather than the best-in-market, then it might be time to speak to a recruitment company. Here’s a full breakdown of how a recruitment partner could help your company:

Be the first to know when the market is changing

By engaging a recruitment partner, you'll have access to their industry knowledge and connections, and often be the first to learn when your market is set for a shakeup. This inside information can be the leverage you need to keep your business ahead of the curve.

You'll gain access to the best talent in the market

Recruitment companies spent a lot of time and money building talent pools of qualified candidates. If your business struggles to find strong candidates and settles with the best of a bad bunch, engaging a recruiter can help to connect you with excellent people that you would otherwise miss out on.

Your shortlisted candidates will be suited to your business

Some candidates will seem perfect on paper but end up missing that 'culture fit'. To present this, recruitment partners will get you to know your business and its environment to ensure that each shortlisted candidate is truly a perfect fit for your business and team.

Recruitment partners can save you time and money

Recruitment can be a time-consuming and costly exercise, especially if you make a bad hire. Outsourcing your recruitment needs can yield a higher calibre of candidates, reduce your hiring risks and save you and your business time so you can focus on more profitable ventures.

How can I choose the right recruitment company for my business?

When it comes to deciding which recruitment partner to work with, the hardest challenge is often ensuring the agency you pick is best suited to your business’s needs. There are two types of recruitment companies that you’ll commonly come across: generalists and specialists. 

Generalist and specialist recruitment agencies both have their own strengths and weaknesses and your decision can often depend on your business’s unique recruitment needs. Rather than specialising in a few particular disciplines, generalist recruitment companies tend to focus on a broad range of specialisations, industries, and job types. They can be an excellent choice for businesses that need to hire temporary staff in a short space of time, in high-volumes or across multiple locations.

On the other hand, specialist recruitment partners focus on specific industries and will often engage their clients in a consultative manner. They do this by carefully watching their respective markets and industry trends. Specialist recruitment companies will also dedicate their time to building large talent pools of experienced and hard-to-find professionals. This makes engaging specialist recruitment agencies beneficial if you’re looking for skilled professionals or to fill business-critical roles.

What else should I look out for?

Aside from deciding whether to engage a generalist or specialist recruitment company, a recruitment partner should also possess a deep understanding of your business and industry. A great way to discover this is to review a potential partner’s website and ensure their consultants have the credentials and experiences needed to provide this level of service. You can also check whether they have great testimonials from customers and tap into your own network to find out if you know anyone who has previously dealt with them.

It’s important to remember that a great recruitment partner will represent your business’s values, be an extension of your brand and strengthen your entire recruitment process. So, take your time to find a partner who will invest in a long-term and beneficial relationship with your business. 

Closing thoughts

Engaging a recruitment partner can help your business ensure it has the right people in the right jobs. As New Zealand’s only Best Practice Certified specialist Accounting & Finance and Business & Executive Support Recruitment Company, we pride ourselves on our commitment to deliver a transparent, personalised and best-in-market experience to our customers. If you’re looking for exceptional professionals throughout New Zealand, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us today and discover why we’re simply ‘the best find in recruitment’.

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