These past few months have likely impacted your small business in one way or another. Many businesses experienced some level of layoffs or employee changes and as they look to find a new normal and anticipate what is to come, it might seem that hiring a recruitment agency to fill vacancies is an expense you should cut.
Smaller employers often think the following in regard to hiring:
- You should search for candidates yourself
- Working with recruiters is a waste of time
- Reviewing resumes for the “right candidate” should be done by yourself as you know best who to interview, and
- Hiring a recruiter is too expensive for a small budget.
However, the reality is when you speak with a small employer who has successfully used a recruitment agency, the comment you most often hear is that they cannot believe they had spent so much time and energy trying to find the “right candidate” even though they thought they had been saavy by using a variety of ways including placing ads on large and specialized job boards.
What many do not understand is that if you first try a recruitment agency on a contingent basis, you would only pay the recruiter if you hired candidate presented by the recruiter. BAM! All of that time and frustration spent trying to learn HOW to recruit a candidate for your company is returned to you as the professional takes over.
Our member’s clients comment that by using a recruitment agency they:
- Filled the position faster.
- Spent less money considering the overall cost of hiring which included the cost of their time to search for candidates.
- Had the “right candidate” for the position delivered to them.
Bottom line: If you have not yet tried to use an independent recruitment agency, these next few months would be the time to find one that can help you come out stronger.