Recruiting is hard. Even recruiters will tell you it is hard— really hard— and even more so in a candidate driven market. And yet hiring managers, like you (who do not specialize in recruiting), still spend countless hours sifting through resumes and conducting interview after interview on top of the full-time job they already have.
Why do you put yourself through this? Are you or your company trying to save money? Who is doing the day-to-day work when you are caught up recruiting?
Recruiters save time and money by using their expertise in sourcing, interviewing and networking to find you the top talent you’re looking to hire, allowing you to focus on what you do best. If you’re still on the fence about the value recruiters bring to the table, let us tell you the top 4 reasons why you should hire a recruiter.
1. Some roles are just difficult to fill
Using traditional job posting methods only get you so far. You may find that posting a job to your website, LinkedIn or Indeed account will result in narrow results. And, in today’s market, platforms like LinkedIn and Indeed make it easy for applicants to rapidly apply to every job they encounter. This results in hours of sifting through resumes to boil the pipeline down to a few potential candidates, or in a lot of cases, none at all.
Relying solely on these few potential candidates narrows your playing field and filling your role becomes a frustrating experience. Unlike most managers, recruiters have the time to comb through applicants and source passive job seekers that are highly qualified for your open position. These targeted searches will result in a smaller pool of highly qualified individuals.
Rather than spending hours of your day sifting through resumes and booking interviews, allow a recruiter to produce the creme de la creme of candidates. Now that’s a few hours of interviewing well spent!
2. They have a trusted process
Sifting through large numbers of applicants can be time consuming and even a little confusing. How do you know which ones are the top candidates, which ones have potential and who is a definite “no”? Do you have knock out questions? Do you have an interview scorecard? Do you interview frequently? Are you confident in your ability to judge experience and cultural fit?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you should consider a recruiter. Recruiters have a proven process from sourcing candidates to guiding them through interviews and accepting the offer should they make it to that stage. Recruiters have done this for years in their target markets and the knowledge they have in their field allows them to build a process that best suits their clients and candidates.
If you’re interested in hiring a recruiter, ask about their process. They’ll be more than happy to share their insight and form a relationship with your organization.
3. They are experts in their field
The best recruiters have spent countless hours, days and months, sometimes even years, gaining knowledge in the industry they recruit. They have many of the same certifications as the candidates they are seeking. They attend conferences and networking events to continue learning. In many cases, they have even worked the same roles they are recruiting for.
Companies seek out these recruiters because they understand the nuances of these roles. These recruiters know what drives the candidates and can better empathize with the challenges faced in these roles. These are the kinds of recruiters that both clients and candidates can connect with and build trusted, collaborative relationships with.
Specialized recruiters understand the opportunities a new position holds within your organization. They can leverage this information to find your missing puzzle piece, resulting in a quality hire.
4. They have the network
Recruiters are passionate about helping and serving others. They love sales and when you can combine the two, it is the best of both worlds. Recruiters devote their time and experience to building strong networks. In some cases, they have placed candidates multiple times over the course of their careers (of course, never recruiting candidates away from clients they have worked with!). Other times, recruiters have placed husbands, wives, partners, children, and friends of others they have worked with. The relationships recruiters build with their network last for years because they don’t just care about their careers, but them as a person. They even become friends.
That is how recruiters find you the best candidates out there. They have relationships with them. These relationships help fill roles faster. Recruiters see past what candidates say and read between the lines. It takes a good chunk of time to get to know each individual and what drives them. Once a good connection is established, recruiters feel confident in sending them to you.
Hiring a recruiter for the first time is a big step, but the pros outweigh the cons. Recruiters use their expertise to fill roles that are time consuming and difficult. They have established processes to ensure you’re getting the top talent you need.
Still on the fence? Most recruiters work under contracted fees. You can simply reach out to a trusted recruiter and learn more about how they operate. If it feels right, give them a shot. If you find the right recruiter or firm to partner with, they will open up a pool of applicants that can take your organization to the next level.
Interested in learning more about recruiting or TalentID Group’s processes? See how we can handle even your toughest positions. Schedule a call with us today! We look forward to connecting you with top talent.