Why Should We Use a Recruitment Consultant
Good recruitment is central to the success of any business and is crucial in the legal profession. A good recruitment company can help candidates find the right job, in the right environment and on the right terms. It can also help firms to source and employ high-quality staff who they may not otherwise be able to find.
Knowledge: Both firms and candidates can take advantage of a good recruitment consultant's market knowledge. From a candidate's perspective, this includes which firms are strong, which teams are respected and which firms offer the best opportunities for developing the candidate's practice.
A skilled recruitment consultant will know which firms have openings that match the candidate's skills. Once a candidate is registered with a recruitment company, it can screen for good openings so as to facilitate only limited and appropriate release of the candidate's details.
From a client's perspective, many of the very best candidates would not consider applying directly for a job with another firm, but may well have let a recruitment consultant know that he/she would consider a new position if given an attractive offer. Therefore, a recruitment consultant can be a source of outstanding candidates that would never otherwise be reached. A recruitment consultant can also advise upon the value of a candidate's background in other jurisdictions.
Connections: Good recruitment consultants maintain strong relationships with firms and key individuals, which can prove invaluable. On a simple level, a recruitment professional will ensure a candidate's résumé is seen by the right person. Similarly, it is not uncommon for recruitment consultants to have relationships with candidates who prospective employers may not otherwise be able contact.
Advice and assistance: On a practical level, a recruitment consultant will make sure a candidate's résumé is in an appropriate format, assist with interview techniques and provide information on the firm and/or the interviewer. A recruitment professional will also advise on remuneration packages and the terms and conditions of service. Other advice can include the type of positions and employers suitable for a candidate, based on his/her background, experience and qualifications.
Negotiations: Having a recruitment consultant in the middle provides a welcome degree of separation and removes the possibility of negotiations becoming personal. Moreover, a good recruitment company can help bring the parties together with appropriate advice on market standards.
Discretion: Working lawyers, particularly those in senior roles, do not want it to be known that they are looking around for other positions. Similarly, some employers do not want it widely known that they are looking to recruit. Accordingly, it is sensible for both candidates and employers to use a trusted recruitment consultant to make discrete enquiries on their behalf.
Time: Having a recruitment consultant make applications on a candidate's behalf can save a lot of time and effort. Similarly, a good recruitment professional will screen candidates for firms, provide a controlled number of suitable résumés and a report on each candidate. This quality-control function can save busy lawyers a great deal of time in the recruitment process.
In legal practice, time is money. Hours spent on recruitment by senior lawyers quickly becomes very expensive and delays in making new appointments costs billable hours which a new recruit would have charged. It can prove highly cost efficient to use a recruitment company, as it limits the time spent on recruitment matters by senior lawyers and ensures positions are filled as quickly as possible.
Feedback: In the event of a negative outcome from an interview, direct feedback can be awkward. It is generally far easier for this to be provided by a recruitment consultant, saving both the firm and candidate potential embarrassment.
The recruitment industry made 30 billion in 2007 and the industry is still growing,
If you believe that you have the passion and skill set to bring a new recruitment company into the arena then please contact recruitmentpartners@carringtonblake.com Tel 0207 481949
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