Recruitment is a process that most people will interact with at some point or other. For many of us it will be a common experience throughout our working lives. So whether you are looking for work or looking to hire, why should you partner with a recruiter? This is a question I sat down to discuss with radio presenter Alan Hickey on FIVEaa. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.
What is recruitment and what does an executive recruitment agency do?
Recruitment is a process for matching people with their ideal job and providing employers with first class talent. This often involves consideration of a person’s skills and experience, and the requirements of the role. Recruitment agencies act as a liaison point between organisations looking to hire and individuals looking for their next role. At SULLIVAN Consulting, we are an executive recruitment agency, which means we specialise in professional and senior appointments.
Our job as recruiters is to take the stress out of the recruitment process for both employers and candidates. Recruitment is what we do, which means we know the market, have access to the best resources, and know the best strategies for both hiring and getting hired. We can provide you with help and advice, regardless of which side of the recruitment process you are on.
What are the benefits for employers of partnering with a recruiter?
For employers, a good recruiter will add value to your recruitment process. Advertising and filling a role can take time and generate a lot of enquiries and applications, all of which take time to respond to or review. Engaging a recruiter can save you time and let you focus on other aspects of your business. Another benefit, particularly for employers who only recruit occasionally, is that recruiters often have a better understanding of the current market. Recruiters can also be invaluable in handling public relations with unsuccessful candidates. In addition, partnering with a recruiter has the benefit of accessing their professional networks and executive search capacity.
At SULLIVAN Consulting, we view recruitment as a partnership, not a transaction. That means we get to know your business and your needs. We then offer strategic insights and tailor our approach to suit your objectives. SULLIVAN Consulting also has the added benefit of a market-leading social media following. This gives us an edge over traditional strategies when it comes to sourcing and connecting with candidates. As people who recruit first class talent for our clients every day, we know who is out there and how to reach them.
What are the benefits for your career of engaging with a recruiter?
If you are looking to take the next step in your career, there are several ways a recruiter can assist. When applying via a recruiter, you can expect a timely, structured recruitment process. You’ll also have a clear liaison point between you and the employer. At SULLIVAN Consulting, we provide a dedicated consultant for each role to answer your questions about the role or process. We also keep you updated as each stage progresses. When you secure a role through us, we can help you negotiate a salary package. We also assist you in making a smooth transition to your new role.
Even if you are not ready to apply for new roles, a recruiter can help you focus your search. We can give candidates insight on the state of the job market and roles that may be of interest. In addition, we offer complimentary one-on-one advice to candidates. We can help with everything from improving a resume and preparing for an interview to salary benchmarking. So if you are considering a change, reaching out to a recruiter could be a good place to start.
Every month I talk recruitment with Alan Hickey on FIVEaa. Follow SULLIVAN Consulting on social media for the latest updates on when to hear us and what topic we’re tackling next.