How to work with a recruitment agency to find the right employees for your organisation

There are several factors to consider when working with a recruitment agency, and for those who are not familiar with the process, it can be a little bit confusing. Here we’ll take you through everything you need to know about working with a recruitment agency and how you can best build relationships to help ensure your business thrives.

Why work with a recruitment agency?

Recruitment agencies work on behalf of other businesses and organisations to help provide them with potential employees.

Thanks to their experience and expertise to source, connect and vet potential applicants, organisations working with an employment agency can rest assured that the quality as well as quantity of candidates coming through is going to be greater.

Recruitment agencies maintain and grow comprehensive databases of candidates and use their sophisticated market research skills to proactively reach out to would-be applicants. By identifying the right skills and work experience, an agency can help identify the best potential employees for your business.

What are the benefits of working with a recruitment agency?

At the end of the day, there’s no reason why you cannot conduct your recruitment search in house. The benefits, on the other hand, of working with a reputable agency are numerous.

Broader pool of candidates

Thanks to the networking ability and already-established connections, agencies have access to a broader and deeper pool of prospective employees.

Better resource allocation

Whilst the fees of recruitment agencies in Perth vary, it’s almost certain you’d save both time and money searching, identifying, and qualifying talent yourself.

Increase diversity on your team

Diversity, in all its forms, is essential for a robust and strong workplace. Recruitment agencies can help you diversify your team in instances where you wouldn’t be able yourself.

Government incentives 

From funding opportunities for hiring Indigenous employees to subsidies for workers over 50, and a whole lot more, there are plenty of government incentives to take advantage of. A professional employment agency can help you do exactly that.

Benefit from professional advice

Recruitment agencies live and breathe hiring. Working closely with an agency will ensure you’re able to access professional hiring advice honed from years of experience and cumulative expertise.

How to get the most out of working with a recruitment agency

Working with a recruitment agency should be a relationship, not merely a transaction. For optimal results, there are a few ways in which you can work in tandem with an agency.

The more collaborative, communicative, and clear you are with the agency of your choosing, the better positioned they’ll be to ensure you’re able to find the candidates of your choosing as well.

Communicate, communicate, communicate

Communication, as it so often is, is key. The more details and comprehensive information you’re able to provide an employment agency the better they will understand what you need and what you’re looking for.

The more they understand, the easier it will be for them to be able to determine which candidates from their pool of applicants would suit your business. And if they can’t find one? They’ll know exactly what to look for when you conduct research and proactively look for your newest employee.

Set a realistic timeline

We all want the perfect candidate on our door today to start work yesterday. But realistically, it almost never works like that.

Setting a realistic timeline will help both you and your team, and the recruitment agency you’re working with. Consider how long your interviewing and onboarding process takes, and how senior the position is that you are recruiting for.

Remember Tip #1: Make sure the agency you partner with is aware of your timeline and, specifically, any hard deadlines you need to meet.

Set a realistic budget

Your budget comes next. What is the lifetime value of an employee in your organisation and what is a realistic budget you can set for acquiring said employee?

The better your recruitment agency understands your financial capability and/or willingness, the better they can narrow the search for the right candidate.

Bear in mind that while we all love a deal, a realistic hiring budget should be seen as an investment. Make sure to discuss any such concerns you have transparently with your chosen agency.

Ask for advice

Your recruitment agency is there to help you find superstars to join your team. So, don’t be afraid of asking them for advice and including them in your qualifying process.

Every hire you make requires a significant allocation of resources: time, money, and effort. With the assistance of experts in recruitment, you’ll be best positioned to ensure that every hire is more likely to be the best hire possible.

Build a relationship

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: Build a relationship with your recruitment agency. Even if you’re not actively hiring right now, stay in touch with your agency and let them know how things are going. The employment agencies themselves touch base with their candidates regularly to keep on top of their searches and workplace preferences; you never know what can happen. You might have a sudden need for a new employee, or you may not realise what sort of opportunities are out there in the labour market.

Whatever you need, ensuring you have an ongoing, strong, and positive relationship with your agency even when you’re not proactive recruiting is highly beneficial.

For recruitment made easy, turn to Scotford Fennessy

Scotford Fennessy is a renowned recruitment agency in Perth. We understand business, we know WA and we have a deep appreciation for the value of the right team member.

So, whether you have a position in mind you need filling or just want to start an obligation-free, no pressure chat, give our team a call today and discover how working with our recruitment agency is the best way to find the right employees.

The Right People Make Life Easier

We’ll make sure your business gets the right person. The first time. We want you to invest in someone who is a good fit for your company culture. Someone with aptitude who can capitalise on opportunities and realise your business goals.

You know how important it is to get recruitment right, but it’s not an easy process without someone to guide you through it. That’s what we’re here for. We’ll find the person you need for tomorrow so you can focus on what your business needs today.