There’s lots of people out there looking for a job. No doubt about it.
And there’s a drop in the number of companies hiring, and the volume of people they’re hiring – no doubt about that either.
So recruiting should be easy, right? Just put an advert up and let the excellent candidates roll in.
There are three big assumptions in there. One – the people looking for work can do the job you’re hiring for. Two – using your own internal resources is more cost effective than engaging a third party. And three – the best person for you to hire is available and actively looking.
Engaging a recruiter in a candidate rich, noisy market brings a number of key advantages for companies:
You agree a fee or percentage, and that’s that. In contrast, putting an advert on and filtering hundreds of applicants, responding to them, arranging interviews, fielding questions – the cost of that is open ended. And recruiting is very time consuming indeed. Not engaging a specialist carries a huge opportunity cost.
Yes, people will apply. But how do you know how they compare to the people who didn’t see your ad? How do you know who you might have got? A good recruiter (hi!) will be actively talking to their network, directly approaching candidates, advertising and using a host of other channels to build a balanced list of candidates for you to consider. Limiting yourself to one channel, with no quality control, is risky
Someone who can help you define what you need, and create an engagement and attraction plan to secure them. Someone who will help you dig into your need and candidate motivation and can make a great hire.
Recessionary markets are radically different from growth markets. That much is true. And engaging and retaining talent is a very different experience in a recession = that much is also true. But working with an expert partner to secure the person you need – that’s always a good idea.
You can hear us talk more about this here.
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The terms under which Justin worked very hard to ensure that my weekly timesheets were processed so quickly, far surpasses all of the other agencies that I have worked for in the last 25years – top marks!
- Contractor – placed as Project Manager
Alastair is extremely client focused and always looking for the win-win in every situation. He has considerable experience delivering complex Exec Search, MSP and recruitment campaigns in both the private and public sector. He has exceptional stakeholder management skills, and is an all-round good bloke!
- Recruitment Director
Justin contacted me with reference to a vacancy at Atkins.He guided me through the process with excellent results. I can not thank Justin enough for his support, integrity and super service.during this time. Thanks again.
- Candidate – placed as Project Manager
I have worked with Alastair as both a client and a customer. As a client the service he provided was A1, he listened to my requirements and carefully vetted candidates to ensure they met my needs. He provided great information regarding candidate types and salaries and helped address any concerns I had about individual interviewees. As a customer, he gave me relevant information about the role and ensured I was briefed sufficiently to interview effectively. He sorted contract issues and gave me honest and sage advice. I whole heartedly recommend Alastair and will definitely be using his services again.
- Programme Manager, Client and Contractor
Alastair has successfully supported a number of opportunities that I have had, orchestrating his teams and aligning them to the needs of his client. This is born from his customer focus and desire to fully understand the environment, culture and team dynamic, all essential requirements needed to ensure that the short lists presented not only match the skills and experience required, but also the organisational fit. His proactive, professional and diligent approach has eased what can be a time consuming and difficult process when building high performing teams.
I first engaged Justin when I was recruiting manager for Microsoft Australia. Because of the quality of his work, he became a preferred vendor and we used him repeatedly to source technical people for product support, technical evangelism and consulting. Justin is a straight shooter, builds and effectively leverages an impressive network and operates with integrity. I would have liked to have hired him to be an employee but he prefers to be an independent agent. I would work with Justin any time, either as a client or as a candidate.
- Client (Head of Recruitment)
Justin is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated professional. He has a unique knowledge and in-depth experience of the IT sector and candidate market. He provides a credible and commercial resourcing service to the business. Rather than throwing CV’s my way he absolutely gets our vision. Justin has a real knack for understanding the needs of the business and sourcing quality candidates to match those needs. His approach is refreshing and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.
- Candidate – Placed as IT Manager
Having worked with Justin on a number of assignments both at my current organisation and a number of those that I have worked at over the past few years I am please to recommend him and his organisation as an excellent provider of quality candidates to fulfil your entire IT sourcing needs. Justin becomes an extension to your organisation when seeking new talent on both a contract and permanent basis as takes the time to understand your organisations workings before searching for and matching the skills you need. Justin balances the technical, cultural and interpersonal skills of each candidates so the fit your requirements very closely and prepares each candidate before they even walk through your door so they have the best possible chance when faced with attending an interview. Justin fast tracks the process of hiring new staff by only putting forward the right sort of candidates first time so you don’t need to go through hundreds of interviews before finding a shortlist of possible candidates that fit.
- Client (CIO)
I can't say that I enjoy dealing with Recruiters but Justin changed my opinion - honest, follows the client's lead, does the hard work and not a pressure merchant. Will use him again when I need to recruit.
- Client (Head of IT)
Alastair demonstrates the perfect mix of a professional and personable approach to drive successful outcomes for both clients and applicants. He spends quality time in understanding the challenge and provides excellent support with a real attention to detail. As a result is he perfectly suited to help navigate complex recruitment scenarios whilst building trusted and long term relationships. An absolute pleasure to deal with!
- CTO candidate