Benefits Of Using An External Recruiter by Cindy Stradling CSL, CPC
One of the realities of any business is the need to replace employees leaving key positions. Entry to senior-level leadership requires specialized skills, experience, and expertise that adds to the time, effort, and cost in bringing these individuals onboard.
Using an external recruiter is a cost-effective option for a small to large company. These individuals dramatically streamline the hiring process, limiting the number of potential candidates your Human Resource department or hiring committee deals with.
There are several advantages or benefits to using an external recruiter. The experience and the network of any recruiting provider plays a direct role in the quality of candidates for any posted positions.
Passive Job Seekers are Identified and Recruited
Many of the top candidates for any management level or specialized skill position are already employed. These professionals do not actively browse or monitor job postings.
Recruiters can network and reach out to these employed individuals regarding the posting. This often includes touching base through sites like LinkedIn and letting top candidates for the position know there is a vacancy while also highlighting the benefits of working for your company.
Saving Time and Money
In-house recruiting takes time and money. When positions in leadership are vacant, it creates challenges in the day to day operation of the business, which also has costs.
Working with a recruiter shortens the hiring time by pinpointing qualified candidates and screening for only those most suited for the job. Recruiters complete the necessary screening and verification steps, providing a shortlist of qualified, experienced, and work-ready professionals for the interview process.
Targeted Recruiting Services
Top recruiting services have niche areas of specialization or specific knowledge about the duties and responsibilities for different types of jobs and careers. For example, recruiters may focus on medical professional recruiting, or they may provide professionals for corporations or businesses in specific fields.
The more experience the recruiting service has in working directly with diverse companies and organizations, the broader the niche or specialized area. Working with a recruiter with expertise in the given industry provides an advantage in the screening and evaluation of potential candidates, even for very specific positions within the company.
It is important to understand the process the recruiter uses to screen candidates and to make recommendations to the business. Look for recruiters that focus on the full cycle of employment from helping the business to identify their needs to a follow up after hiring to evaluate the fit of the candidate for the position.