There are 227,827 recruiters employed and over 200,000 staffing and recruiting agencies in the United States. Staffing is a $174 billion industry that continues to grow as organizations begin scaling efforts in a post-pandemic world. However, with so many options available, it can be difficult for companies to develop a strong recruiting strategy.
There are two common concerns when hiring a recruiter or staffing agency—speed and accuracy. While traditional staffing agencies are focused on moving at break-neck speeds to fill your roster, tailor-made recruiters are focused on finding the right talent for your company as efficiently as possible. After all, benchmarking data from SHRM reports that while the average cost per hire is $4700, it can grow to three or four times the position’s salary. Constant rehires can drain recruitment budgets in an instant.
Essentially, it pays to get the right person the first time around.
Here are three ways a tailor-made recruiter can drive your company’s success.
Tailor-made recruiters specialize in specific industries.
Tailor-made recruiters specialize in hiring for specific industries. This experience gives recruiters insider knowledge, so they know how companies operate and what they are looking for in their new hires. Due to their industry experience, these recruiters are more likely to have already built meaningful connections with industry professionals. Networking is crucial in recruiting: knowing the industry’s movers and shakers creates greater opportunities for candidates and companies.
Unlike some larger staffing agencies, tailor-made recruiters take a candidate-first approach.
To find your “purple squirrel,” you need a recruiter that takes a candidate-first approach. This means prioritizing candidates’ needs and desires rather than molding them to fit whatever job is available. Tailor-made recruiters build strong relationships with their candidates by digging deeper into their motivations and career goals. There is no one-size-fits-all method for recruiting. Due to the diverse range of candidate skill sets and personality types, it is impossible (and unfair) to work with every individual in the same way. Instead, tailor-made recruiters prioritize their candidates’ needs, which in turn, helps them find the perfect fit for the organizations they assist.
There is a greater emphasis on company culture.
Lastly—and certainly not least—tailor-made recruiters talk to their candidates about the importance of company culture. Not every individual wants the same workplace environment, which recruiters take into account. They go beyond just asking for their ideal salary ranges. Instead, recruiters ask the following questions:
- In what type of work environment do you feel most productive?
- What management style motivates you to do your best work?
- Do you prefer working collaboratively or solo?
- What values do you wish for your workplace to promote?
Company culture is important because it incorporates how employees and executives work and communicate. This emphasis on company culture ensures that candidates work for an organization that keeps them engaged and fulfilled on the clock.
Overall, tailor-made recruiters can play a significant role in driving your company’s success, regardless of your industry. Their specialized attention to detail sets them apart from more traditional staffing agencies.