The pandemic has lead to organizations taking stock of their individual departments and their productivity to save costs. Many such companies who have internal recruitment teams have not received the results they projected for, due to which, running such teams may seem like an avoidable cost. There are also companies who already have well established recruitment teams but also need the help of third-party agencies to bring them more talent at the earliest based on an increased number of job openings. And finally, there are those organizations that are not large or famous enough to independently find candidates who will help them reach their industrial goals.
In all the above mentioned cases, companies turn to professional candidate services, who conduct recruitment campaigns and scout talented resources appropriate for their clients. It can be productive and fruitful as a partnership which aligns companies with the best professionals in the industry to boost their trajectory.
But, what do candidate services or head-hunters do? This blog will answer all your questions and show you why reaching out for help to a third-party agency to fill your job openings is a great decision.
To put it simply, the job of candidate recruitment services is to act on behalf of their client organization, scanning the industry for potential candidates and approaching them on behalf of the business to take up the job. The agency acts as a bridge between the candidates and companies to align the best resources to the organization, making the process of hiring experienced candidates a very efficient process. If you’re wondering about the difference between a recruiter and a headhunter, the latter can also be called a third-party recruiter. However, they are seasoned at talent acquisition and can help you strike a deal with the top talent of the industry and not just freshers.
Candidate services are well-connected in the industry and can help your company find your match when it comes to filling job vacancies, even if they are big shoes to fill. When it comes to finding employees with a very specific skill-set, in-house recruiters may struggle to find someone who fits the description perfectly due to a lack of contacts or scope within the industry. These agencies can help you narrow down your search for the best fit and bring you someone who will be an asset to the company. Such recruitments are also known to have a higher retention rate, given that the pandemic has drastically hit employee turnover.
The best candidate services will take their time to get the job description and find the right resource who matches the requirement. They will also take the time to understand the career history, achievements and talent of the prospective employee. Only when they think the lead is credible, will they connect them to the hiring manager. This makes sure to save the manager’s time and efforts, so that they only have to interview the client rather than selling the job to them. You can be assured that every candidate that walks to your hiring manager’s office is a potential match and willing to take up the job if they pass the interviews.
Candidate service agencies also have headhunters who specialize in certain industries and have an impressive contact base to find the right person for the job using just their word of mouth. They attend a lot of events where it is common to associate with higher management professionals that you’re trying to get onboard, which could work to your advantage if you choose such services.
The best aspect of taking the help of candidate services is that you only pay for the candidates you hire, which saves you a lot of time and effort rather than conducting exhaustive interviews to find just a few people. Hiring through a headhunter can be of immense help because they charge for only the talent acquired, or a per lead basis, both of which are great offers instead of expanding a huge amount on hiring drives, especially during the pandemic.
With an eye for detail and connectivity on their side, such agencies depend on personal connections to find the right resources, which make for trustworthy and vetted candidates who have been background checked before arriving at your office. They also scan recruiting platforms through connections to spot notable professionals who have great potential to be their next lead. Headhunters also keep in touch with prospective job matches that were not chosen by previous clients so that they can approach them with another job opening if they find a match in a new organization that has commissioned them for recruiting a resource.
The job of a headhunter and candidate services heavily relies on networking with industrial leaders and renowned companies. Sometimes, they can help potential employees reach your doors without you even knowing that you could use their help. This is because they understand organizations and are up to date with the events of well-known companies. Your next C-suite executive could be working in another company scanning for better offers to expand their portfolio without you being aware of it. They also charge companies only for the candidate hired, so it would be an extremely beneficial venture to have them reach out to you with a great opportunity.
Recruitment can be a stressful task, especially when hiring remotely during a period where work from home takes precedence. Without the traditional approach for conducting walk-in interviews and meetings with potential talent, it becomes difficult to pitch a high-level job to a resource you may be interested in, or even finding the right match for your organization. A candidate service agency smoothes out roadblocks and sends the best candidates to you after thorough research. Hence, commissioning them could turn out to be the best decision during such a period.