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The benefits of making friends with your recruiter

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Recruiters, love us or hate us – we are useful.  We can save you time and money – yes, money.  Now, before you start shouting at the screen, let us explain why.

As a job agency in Basing View, we have access to a range of local candidates, either on our database or job board databases. The idea is to give you a shortlist of relevant applicants for you to interview, not a tsunami of applications that wastes your time and the candidates’.

Many times we’re approached when other recruitment avenues have been exhausted and so you need someone quickly and cheaply because the budget is nearly gone.

Our advice is to give your recruiter time to get to know your company before you need to recruit.  Invite them in, show them what your business does.  Think about what is great about working for your company and who would fit well within each team.  This way, rather than scouring the job boards and advertising, your recruiter can start to build a database of potential candidates for you.  So that when you need someone, your candidates are already registered and the process can start that much quicker.  And not only that, you won’t have someone constantly asking you questions when you’re busy because you’re under staffed.

If you go to your recruiter after you’ve tried the job boards, you run the risk of damaging your brand.  The applicants will recognise that your job has been advertised recently.  The same is true of going to multiple agencies.  If they all advertise the role, it actually diminishes the candidate attraction.   It will appear to the outside world that either no one wanted the job first time round, or they didn’t stay and now you’re desperate.

It’s not just the recruiter that needs the information.  Candidates want to know as much as possible before they invest time in an application. Unless you’re MI5 recruiting spies, there isn’t any value in hiding who you are.  Shout about your business.  Make them WANT to work for you.

“Allowing your recruiter to learn about your business will help them search on the right criteria and if necessary write an advert that will attract a higher calibre of applicant.“

If they don’t know you or your business, you won’t get the best service.  See it as networking.  Recruiters are the introducers, the brokers.  In fact, they are like an old-fashioned matchmaker.  They network with both companies and employees.  They can also introduce each party when a need arises.

To call a recruiter you barely know and expect them to find the right person, first time and have them sat at your desk in under a month is a tall order.

However, if you’ve built that relationship, then that lead time will be slashed.  They’ll have done the leg work already and have networked with people who are ideal for your company.

It makes sense to network with local recruiters, who will understand the local economy and job market.  As a job agency in Basing View, Wote Street People are also part of The Employment Agents’ Movement, a nationwide network of independent recruiters, ensuring you have the best possible pool of candidates for your role.

If you want to get to know Wote Street People a little better before you suddenly need new staff, call us or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk

 

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