There’s hidden value in hiring a professional recruiter that small companies can benefit from even more than the big guys.
We’ve heard it before, “I have a small company, I can’t afford to pay a recruiter to find me someone. I’ll just post the position myself.”
Sound familiar? Yes, it’s the common thought process of most small companies when presented with the idea of using a recruiter for their staffing needs.
Here’s the kicker though, if you are a small company that needs to fill a position or two, that means that most likely you, and the employees you have now, are already performing the work of two or three people. So, adding recruiting duties to the mix is not only wasting your company’s valuable time and money, it’s contributing to employee burnout.
Let’s say that you post your open position on one of the job board sites. You’re likely to receive between 100 and 200 resumes for that position. That’s terrific! But then, you or someone else in your office needs to read all 100-200 resumes and try to narrow it down to say the “top 10” that you would like to contact. This alone could take several hours, even days.
Then, you send emails to your “top 10” potential candidates and try to schedule interviews. You receive some replies, and then check the availability of the hiring manager, and then reply again to the candidate, and spend all day trying to find a day and time that works for everyone.
Finally, the actual interview takes place and you quickly learn that the candidate doesn’t have half of the experience that their resume would have you think, their salary expectations are way too high, or they are just not a good fit for your small office environment.
Then you repeat that 10 times and return to step one. More time wasted.
All that time spent on recruiting equals time that isn’t spent on important projects and tasks that keep your business operating, growing, and most importantly earning money. Plus, posting a position on a job board that may actually be seen by relevant candidates isn’t cheap. Some job sites charge several hundreds of dollars just to post one position. Additionally, it may take a while for the right candidate to see your post (if they ever do), and the ongoing fees can really add up.
Meanwhile, your already overworked employees are getting tired and frustrated. Overworked employees become less productive and are more likely to call in sick. Your company can’t thrive without healthy and happy employees. If this continues long enough, you may find that your company has become a toxic work environment. Any great candidate that you bring in will pick up on this and will not want to be a part of it. Ultimately, your open position will take even longer to fill.
As a small to midsize company, nothing is more important than your time, money, and dedicated employees. By working with a recruiter, you can save time, save money, and keep your employees happy and productive.
Author: Deborah Ruggerio
Deborah is the Director of Marketing and the "Jill of all Trades" at JFR Staffing. When she's not writing articles for our blog, you may find her recruiting a unicorn, finding that one penny that's missing in our books, or up in the drop ceiling networking our office. Anything is possible.