For the candidate:
One of the advantages of using Recruitment Agencies – especially ones that specialise in your field, will recognise and understand your expertise. You may think that agencies only know about recruiting – you’re wrong. They are constantly liaising with companies from different sectors or industries, obtaining information to pass to candidates like yourself.
They can give you initial feedback on your application and how to promote yourself to the employer. They may be able to advise you on certain things that you would not want to ask in a first stage interview.
They will also have a good knowledge of the market place and working environments. This will give you a heads up on what to expect for both interview stage and more importantly moving forward. A job has to be right for you, just as much as you have to be right for the job.
They may have excellent contacts that could be of interest to you, either now or in the future. Even a recommendation to a company is sometimes enough to secure you an interview.
They save you the time of searching for job opportunities. Once your CV has entered the system, you immediately become available once a suitable job arises as opposed to trawling through job boards searching for the right job and hoping to receive a call back.
For the Employer:
In business, time is money and a recruiting agency is a huge time saver. In today’s economy there is an increased amount of job seekers due to cutbacks at many companies. Posting a job on a popular Job board will result in hundreds of applications. An agency will have access to a much larger pool of candidates and shortlist only the most suitable candidates for you. By outsourcing this responsibility to a recruiting agency will save you a lot of time.
In addition to shortlisting a number of candidates from hundreds of applications, a recruiting agency will also have access to the best talent available. This includes access to talent that is currently employed elsewhere. Recruiting agencies have their own database of qualified applicants that they can source from. Therefore, when you provide a job specification to them for a vacancy, there’s a good chance they will have candidates already on their books ready to interview.
When using a good recruitment agency such as Very Important Personnel, you can have peace of mind that when you are sent a CV, the candidate will have all of the necessary skills and experience required for the job. This makes meeting them a lot easier knowing that they have already been pre-qualified by the agent – again saving you time and making your final decision easier. Choosing the wrong employee to work for you can cost you even more time and money down the line. Working with a recruiting agency will help make your decision feel more assured.
Once you have established a good working relationship with an agency that you can trust, your future recruitment process will run even more smoothly. The agency will be aware of the qualities that it takes to make the right fit within your company and what you expect from them. The next time you have an available position, you can fill it quickly and satisfactorily.