External Recruiters Add Value in Obvious and Non-obvious Ways
Two years ago, Silicon Valley leader Facebook updated its motto from “move fast and break things” to “move fast with stable infra.” As your company strives toward agility, one of the cornerstones of a stable organization is a talented, engaged workforce. Third-party recruiters are an excellent resource in helping you identify and hire great workers. Employment Agency Recruiters provide value in many ways, some of which are obvious and some of which are less visible, but equally important.
Speed and Convenience
Recruiters are available immediately to source and screen candidates for your key positions. This is their sole function. By utilizing a professional recruiter to fill your openings, you reduce the time to hire and enable your business to meet strategic objectives more rapidly. Furthermore, by engaging an outside recruiter to find top talent, you free yourself to focus on your core duties, whether those are management, finance, operations, sales, or engineering.
Protection Against the Unforeseen
If you rely on your own resources to hire, an unsuccessful hire can result in additional time and expense during the backfill process. In contrast, when you work with an outside recruiter, direct hire placements are typically accompanied by a guarantee. This means that if the new employee leaves your position (or if you determine the worker is not a good fit and decide to let him or her go) within the first few months of employment, the recruiter will restart the placement process and provide additional candidates to you at no extra cost.
As a hiring manager or small business owner, you have likely interviewed fewer than 25 candidates during your entire career. In comparison, a recruiter with several years of experience has interviewed literally thousands of candidates and brings a nuanced approach to the selection and evaluation process. Working with a recruiter allows you to benefit from that expert knowledge and insight in finding the best match for your position. In addition, local recruiters who have worked in Silicon Valley for many years have a big-picture perspective and remember the lessons learned during and after the dot-com bubble.
Complementing Internal Efforts
One of the less obvious benefits of engaging a recruiter is the opportunity to gauge the effectiveness of your internal recruiting efforts. Because most recruiters work on a contingency basis, you are free to receive pre-screened resumes and interview candidates at no cost or obligation. Including one or more candidates from a recruiter in your overall interview process allows you to compare the quality of the candidates you’ve identified internally with those of a hiring and staffing expert. A note of caution here! Only engage an external recruiter if indeed you are willing to pay a fee to hire should their applicant be the best fit for the job. Contingent recruiters will go the extra mile for those who they know to be true partners. If you establish a reputation as a time waster, many Silicon Valley staffing firms will refuse to work with you either personally during a search or to provide applicants in the future, at a point, when you may truly need them.
Menlo Partners Staffing is Your Recruiting Partner
Menlo Partners Staffing has an established team of professional recruiters with extensive experience in sourcing and screening for San Francisco Bay Area companies. We work with companies from San Franciso down the Peninsula through the South Bay/San Jose area and into the East Bay as well. We invite you to contact our office today and learn about how we can assist you in the recruiting process! Thanks for reading.