In 2018, 72% of employers manifested a difficulty in finding qualified candidates for the positions they needed to fill. This is often associated with talent shortage (67% of recruiters attribute this to an increasing talent shortage), but the reason why finding great talent is so challenging is that using human resource recruitment often doesn’t work. Especially when the niche is specific, like tech, traditional recruiters are not the best option.
Of course, finding the perfect employee isn’t as easy as choosing your favorite pizza toppings. To thrive in this modern age, it takes someone with a thorough understanding of everything from temp agencies to remote working.
The important thing to realize is that IT recruitment agencies aren’t just the “middleman” between a company and an employee. Recruitment is an art, and the cookie-cutter approach to finding job applicants doesn’t really fit into this new economy of versatile jobs, remote working, telework jobs, and worldwide connectivity.
This is where boutique recruitment companies are showing their true value. Boutique firms apply individual methodologies to the recruitment process, tailoring it to the individual client, and role available. Like the modern work environment, these staffing companies have more flexibility in their ability to search for talent, meaning you get the “right”, employee, rather than the “right now” candidate.
IT recruitment agencies like PowerSource Staffing Inc. thrive on getting to know our clients inside and out, understanding their business, and culture, for a hiring fit that not only reflects key talents and skills, but also cultural drive. According to a Deloitte study, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe that cultural fit is crucial to any hire.
You need to make sure that the person you hire isn’t just someone you can see building profits for your business — but someone you’d be happy to go for a beer with, or ask for advice from…
With a boutique agency like us, the full recruitment process is less diluted by the presence of inexperienced staff, or panicked hives of busy workers, which can occur in larger agencies. The boutique nature of the company creates a more intimate, attentive experience, leading to a greater chance of finding the best talent in a competitive market. That means that you get the perfect fit.
Recruiting an informed candidate is vital! Agencies can help provide insight, tips, and tricks before a candidate even commits.
Money = Time
Taking too long to hire the right people to work on a project can cost you more money in potential revenue loss, than the wages that employee might cost. Therefore, having a network of pre-qualified candidates is vital.
Sometimes, a pre-existing network isn’t available for even staffing agencies. So, why would they be “faster?” Let’s say that a recruiting agency needs to start a search from scratch…is your team going to pick up the phone to smile and dial aggressively? If the answer is no, that’s a pretty big difference between a staffing agency and an internal recruitment team focused on employer branding and inbound applications strolling in.
Reaching the Unreachable
Boutique employment agencies will often be willing to consider and seek out candidates that other recruitment agencies, or traditional job sites would be unwilling to address. One of the biggest benefits of working with a specialist recruiter, is that they can penetrate passive markets and discover the candidate that fits your role perfectly. These are the people that really go above and beyond, after all — you deserve the best, right?
Millions of job seekers can apply to jobs through one click thanks to the internet. While this may sound great, most of them probably don’t match the job description. This quantity of applicants is overwhelming. Specialized niches need trained recruiters that bring the right candidates.
Boutique agencies know where to find the best talent. They don’t just analyze resumes, they headhunt, which means they have lists of pre-analyzed candidates they actively search for. These are also referred to as Most Placeable Candidates (MPC). This way, the hiring process is much faster.
That also means that you can bypass the HR management restrictions of things like location, and even look into remote jobs, and telecommute opportunities that might allow you to take talent from other competitors in your industry.
This basically helps you find better people faster.
Sometimes, teams don’t have a dedicated in-house recruiting team
Some companies, such as startups and small companies, don’t have a dedicated in-house recruiter. These companies lack the expertise and resources to find and hire the best candidates. To ensure that their hiring process is done professionally and effectively, they choose to use the services of recruitment agencies. If you don’t know how to recruit in a highly professional manner, it is best to leave it to experts from recruitment agencies.
Retain your new hires
For many companies, the most important advantage of using a recruitment agency instead of in-house recruiters, is that recruitment agencies offer additional security when it comes to new hire retention. All the best recruitment agencies offer guarantee periods. This means that they guarantee you that your new hire will stay at your company for a certain period of time (usually 1–3 months). If your new hire is terminated or leaves before the expiry of a guarantee period, recruitment agencies will give you a full refund or, most commonly, find a new, replacement candidate for no extra charge.
In short, choosing the right recruitment agency can help you recruit and retain the right people faster and even cheaper!
Conclusion: Should you use a recruitment agency or recruit by yourself?
Honestly, this depends on the horsepower that you already have internally. Have you invested in a robust team that knows your business inside and out with a massive network? If the answer is yes, maybe you only need an agency for very selective niche roles that’s going to be more of a distraction for your top recruiters than a good use of their time.
There is a time and a place when agencies aren’t needed. However, if time is of the essence pick up the phone and get some support. It’s kind like that quote from that one movie, “who ya gonna call?” My hope, not ghostbusters 🙂