Hiring through a recruitment company versus hiring on your own

Hiring through a recruitment company versus hiring on your own

For most businesses, when it comes time to expand their team and or to replace someone who’s leaving, they’ll post an update on social media, make a page on their website, and leave it at that. Is it any wonder that, despite their best efforts, the most suitable candidates for the role aren’t coming forward in droves? Finding the right member of staff is about finding a way to put your proposition in front of them and in the age of the internet and a million other distractions, it’s a lot harder than it used to be.

In this article, Additional Resources compare hiring through a recruitment agency and doing it on your own.

What are the benefits of hiring on your own?

You get full control

When you hire for yourself, you are in control of the entire campaign from start to finish. While this can be a time-consuming process, it can result hopefully in finding a candidate that fits your position perfectly. However, this means you have to use multiple channels to reach a very specific target audience and managing this can be tricky.

You can hire at your own pace

If you aren’t in a rush to hire anyone, having an advert on your website inviting CVs for upcoming but as yet undefined roles can be a good way for candidates to show interest in your company. However, CVs will only come in dribs and drabs, there’s no way of telling if they are going to be a benefit to your team, and there’s no way of guaranteeing that, when you’re ready to hire that person, that they’ll be available.

What are the downsides of hiring on your own?

It can be a long process

If you don’t know the right ways to find the top talent you need, you might struggle to fill a position immediately. This can lead to some difficulties in the day-to-day running of your business if you can’t hire someone you need in time. The sooner you can find a qualified applicant for your position, the sooner your company can take better advantages of opportunities which come your way.

You have no idea if they would be a good fit for your company

When you’re in charge of hiring, you may be the only person who decides whether the candidates are a good fit for your company. This can be an issue because if you make a mistake, you then have to restart the process from scratch – this is a five-figure sum of money down the drain. Getting a second opinion from an experienced recruiter can be invaluable in situations like these.

How does a recruitment agency help?

As you can see, hiring on your own can pose some difficulties to your recruitment process. Here’s how hiring through a recruiter can help:

Recruitment agencies give you control over who they send you

Just like with hiring on your own, you get to specify the kind of candidate you would like to work with when you sign up with the recruitment agency. This way, you don’t limit your options and you get to see a wide array of candidates to fill your open positions.

See more candidates than by hiring on your own

Speaking of seeing a wide array of candidates, they actively seek out recruitment companies. This means that you will get a better response to your vacancy advertisements than if you had posted it by yourself. The larger the pool of talent to choose from is, the more likely you are to find a candidate that actually suits the role.

Build a relationship with your recruitment team

Your recruitment team need to understand your business so they can send you candidates who they genuinely believe will be a good fit for your business. In many respects, working with a recruitment company is like having an extension of your own company in the sense that they understand what your culture is like and the kind of candidate you are looking for.

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If you are looking to expand your team and fill your vacancies, contact us. We have helped businesses up and down the company find talent to enhance their businesses. For more information, call us on 01277 822668.

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