Whilst client and candidate experiences have continued to evolve and change over the last decade, the need for recruitment agencies remains strong. There are a number of benefits for both the client and the candidate to take this route so that either party doesn’t end up with a nasty surprise on the first day of the job.
So, why should businesses still use recruitment specialists?
Knowledge in the market
Here at DotThree we have our eyes and ears in the market place 24/7 with a focused effort on finding exceptional talent. Any information on shifting trends, pay scales and competitor activity is all within our remit of information at all times in order to stay ahead of the curve.
The best recruiters will have their finger on the pulse of their specialist markets, and can give the hiring team insight in to what is happening. We are able to give an overview as to what available talent there currently is, where they are and how to reach out to them, salary rates, career expectations, available skill-sets and current hiring complexities. Working with recruitment specialists, businesses have a partner and collaborator to help share and bounce ideas from.
Sometimes a brand is very niche and specific or the role they are looking to fill requires a delicate set of skills and experience. Sometimes this talent is someone who is too busy to look for a new role full time, or they may have ruled themselves out of your talent pool- this is where the relationship with the recruiter comes into play. Having built the trust with that candidate the recruiter can mention this new role and opportunity and bring that talent to the forefront of the search. With a huge network often built over many years, a specialist like ourselves has talent and candidates from all around the country varying in every skill imaginable.
Candidates not applicants
A lot of talent attraction is aimed at attracting numbers of applicants, whether they are responding to an advert or through a website. A lot of these people may not be good matches for the role therefore a huge amount of time has to be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with them. Time and resource poor recruitment teams may not be able to run a thorough matching process. When using Dotthree, you will only see only candidates who have been pre-selected to match all the criteria that you are looking for and who are worthy of consideration and interview saving time, money and stress along the way.
Help with employer brand
It takes time, consistency and investment to develop and market a brand. Not all businesses have the time or the budget to do this in order to accurately portray their company culture and the roles available. Working with a recruitment specialist gives candidates a realistic glimpse into who you are- what it's like to work there, benefits and career openings available, and a feel for the culture. If a candidate checks your business out on social media, either through a site like Glassdoor or by searching for people who used to work with you, then a fully briefed recruitment partner would be able to help clarify any points/ questions that may arise.
What about from a candidate perspective?
Recruiters save you time
Companies expect candidates to know their business and understand what they’re all about. But, is the employers branding material easily accessible and do you really know what’s important to learn?
Recruiters will not only know the company well (from being onsite, conference calls with hiring managers etc.) but they might even know the exact interview questions and how best to approach the answers. They’ll know how the business perceives success, their tone and their general attitudes and views which is absolutely priceless information when going in to interview.
Finally, the recruiter you’re working with may have placed other people in the team, so can give you an indication on how to build a rapport with them on the day. This all saves you time and effort prior to your interview and gives you the best possible chance for success on the day.
Recruiters know what the client wants
Recruiters want to coach a candidate to be more appealing to hiring managers so take advantage of the suggestions given to you! If for example we were to recommend you change your CV or layout it’s because we think it’s going to get you more interviews. Or if we recommend meeting you for coffee to do an interview preparation or discuss your experience in more detail, snap up the chance and get to grips with as much advice as possible. Your success is our success and ultimately we want you to get the role you love!
Recruiters will find you the job you want
9 times out of 10, recruiters will take notes based on the phone call they have with you at the beginning. We do genuinely care what you like and dislike, what has worked for you before and what has caused problems before. All of this will impact your future role and happiness therefore it’s important to be detailed and honest. The more elaborate and informative you are the easier it is for us to filter our relevant roles and brands that would suit you the most.
Recruiters help you get paid more
Recruiters know the market, know the field, the business and the candidate the most in the whole scenario. Have an open and honest chat about salary expectations and you can expect the recruiter to have a similar conversation with the client- that way you can expect the offer and the negotiations to be reasonable and successful. If you’re unsure don’t be afraid to throw a figure out to discuss and ask questions.
If you are a candidate who has the relevant experience for the role it is generally recommended that you work with a recruiter. Businesses can and generally do have longstanding relationships with recruiters like DotThree and access to jobs that are “unpublished” which means you may not ever see them on the open market. Your dream job could be waiting for you!
So there you have it, there are a huge number of benefits to working with recruitment specialists like ourselves. The hiring process can be a complicated path to navigate for both businesses and candidates alike. Finding a true match, delivering exceptional talent and having an accurate filtering approach helps businesses grow- this is what we do best.