Over the last few years there have been a lot of recruitment agencies opening for business on the Internet. This is great news for employers and people looking for jobs but there is a downside to the situation too. With so many recruitment agencies out there, many of them undercut the other when it comes to price, and this should set off a few alarm bells – for both employers and anyone seeking work.
By undercutting other agencies, it could be that standards and quality of service are compromised in order to achieve these reduced prices. It is always nice to feel you are getting a great deal when hiring a recruitment agency. However, it could prove to be a false economy with the result being you have to do all the work yourself or the candidate that fills the position is the wrong person for the job.
Are You Doing All the Work?
If you find yourself or your staff sifting through all the CVs instead of the recruitment agency, there is a problem. It is the job of a good recruitment agency to weed out all the unsuitable application forms. If you are doing the work, then you soon realise the cheaper rates charged are quickly being clawed back by the recruitment agency. Unfortunately, it does not stop there because a recruitment agency that charges less will ultimately do less of the work for you.
Check Out Any Hidden Costs If Employee Leaves
If the recruitment service has not managed to find you the perfect person for the job, and the new employee leaves as a result, you could be in for a surprise. The recruitment agency just might hit you with a whole lot of hidden costs which you may not have been aware of. You need to thoroughly read through a contract before entering into it – ask any questions and if the recruitment agency is upfront, they will be happy to clarify any points you find confusing.
Make Sure the Recruitment Agency Meets All Criteria
Money should not be an issue when it comes to choosing a recruitment agency that offers a professional approach toward both their work and their customers. You need to make sure their services include the following:
Spending a little more money when employing the services of a recruitment service pays dividends in the long run. A cheaper service may sound appealing but it could end up being a false economy with you doing all the work. As long as you make sure the agency you choose meets all the above criteria, you should enjoy a good working relationship with them and be able to fill any vacancies without encountering the problems associated with cheaper agencies.