This is a question we get frequently from potential clients. When comparing corporate recruiters to those who work for staffing firms, neither is superior from a professional standpoint. They all have the ability to get the job done. However, utilizing a staffing firm, utilizing a good staffing firm, can open up your company to stronger candidates, quicker. Here’s why:
External recruiters’ focus is on making placements, not logging activity.
The best external recruiters are going to be working with and providing fewer, but higher quality, candidates because their success depends on sinking the placement. They manage the process from beginning to end and will only send you the best of the best.
Your business will have a brand new, extensive network to utilize.
Experienced staffing firms have developed deep networks of passive candidates that you would not necessarily be able to tap into otherwise. In our competitive industry, third-party recruiters are forced to use creativity when networking and assessing candidate and customer expectations. Staffing firms have an advantage for this reason – they not only have the ability to source top candidates from more areas, but they’ll be able to do it faster than an internal recruiter.
The best candidates want to work with staffing firms.
Hardworking recruiters and their staffing teams establish reputations with the best talent out there, simply by doing their job well. Experienced, passive candidates know they can go to staffing firms for information regarding new opportunities. Corporate recruiters who only work with one company are not going to have that widespread visibility.
They have credibility with hiring teams.
Third-party recruiters are used to building trusting relationships over time with the same hiring managers. They know the most essential questions to ask and how to communicate effectively with companies in order to understand their unique hiring needs. Corporate recruiters on the other hand tend to work with different hiring managers more frequently, and may not have the time required to settle in and build valuable partnerships like staffing firms do.
Using an exceptional recruiting firm that meets the criteria above should be a strategic part of every business’ hiring initiative. When you can find a great staffing resource, trust them and their methods; let them leverage their abilities to deliver their services with processes they’ve perfected.