Obviously, in a perfect world, you would be seamlessly hiring talent without any external help. After all, why pay a fee to a recruiter when you can just find the talent yourself? However, the real world is far from perfect. Recruiters perform a valuable function and often their fees pale in comparison to the hidden costs of an unfilled role or a bad hire. When you are seeking to hire talent, you should, of course, attempt to fill the role using your own internal resources, but it’s important to recognize when it’s in your best interests to seek help. Recruiters have been around for quite some time now and for good reason. They spend all day, every day looking for great candidates and they may be a very valuable resource for you. If you’re questioning whether it’s time to call in a head hunter, here are a few signs to look out for:
- Your Roles Take Forever to Fill
Every search is different, and some are simply tougher than others. With that said, if you consistently find yourself thinking that it’s taking longer than it ought to for you to find the talent you’re looking for, a recruiter could be a great resource for you. Not only do they have access to readily available talent, they also understand the marketplace. It could be that you just haven’t been looking in the right places, or it could be that you don’t have the budget for everything you’re seeking. Whatever the case may be, a good recruiter can promptly analyze your situation and help you adjust accordingly.
- You Have a Problem with Attrition
Attrition is a complicated problem and has many different causes, but a recruiter can help you fight both the symptoms and some of the root issues. For starters, having a partner with a good pipeline of available talent can help you combat the effects of attrition quickly. Deeper than that, having a recruiter who can help you find the right talent can have an even greater impact. If you are making poor hires, they aren’t going to last very long. A recruiter will help you find the best talent for your organization, meaning employees who can stand the test of time and won’t contribute to your attrition issues.
- You Don’t Have Time for Anything Else
One of the quickest ways that a recruiter’s fee can pay for itself is by saving you time – effectively freeing you up to do your job! When you have talent needs, you’re already stretched thin trying to compensate for the missing employee. Add to that the time-consuming process of searching for, interviewing, and vetting candidates, and you are likely to have some late nights in your future. A recruiter can alleviate a ton of the strain from the process. Not only will you be without an employee for less time, but you’ll spend far less of your day personally dealing with recruitment matters.