HR Generalist - firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd have thought recruitment agencies are facing their toughest time ever, not just because of the economy and agency workers.
Surely it's just a matter of time before Google comes up with a search system tailored for jobs. This will take data from every company's careers website in a uniform manner allowing users to enter type of job, location, salary, etc and just wait til the right opportunity comes along. Monster and TotalJobs can do this now but imagine what Google can do with every job it can find online!
When exactly would you need an agency? Smaller companies, very specialised stuff, executive recruitment perhaps but it seems an uncertain future.
Yes, the future (and present) of recruitment will be (and is) different to the past... .
The bottom line though is that recruitment experts will always have a place in sourcing staff, and as with all specialisms many of these experts will operate through client/supplier relationships rather than sit in-house. Things just work that way.
Internal teams are, typically, not adequately skilled to resource across all disciplines (logical really if you think about the required role knowledge and the people skills needed to recruit for different levels of seniority and technical expertise)... a specialist who knows their stuff will always provide a better service than a generalist out of their depth. Market insight, market reach (in terms of candidate attraction) and recruitment know-how add value and come with experience - this isn't easily 'home grown' in-house, but is accessible to HR & business through the commercial world of staffing specialists.
The good thing about hard times (economically) is that it does sort the wheat from the chaff. This applies as much to recruitment businesses as any other (think banks, travel companies et al). Those agencies who fail to deliver value and demonstrate their worth will (and should) go to the wall - they serve no purpose. Those experts in their field who consistently deliver quality and value in their approach and the hires they successfully complete will retain thier relationships with thier clients... because they meet a need.
All that said, however, there are technology tools and costs benefits available to internal resourcing teams now that were not around 10 years ago, and a skill-base (ex agency or experienced in-house) that can be brought in to help any organisation tackle a good deal of it's recruitment problems. What I mean by this is that some recruitment needs are essentially easier to fulfil than others, and these are the needs that internal teams should sort out for their employers, thus adding value. Leave the more complex hiring problems to those with the know-how and don't be afraid to pay for something which delivers value and results.
We meet again!
I am sure that the economic slowdown will effect all businesses in some shape or other and most organisations will have to take a closer look at where they do allocate budgets. Recruitment is an expensive on-cost to businesses whether it is in the form of agency spend, direct advertising costs, training etc. But at the end of the day its all about recruiting in the most cost effective way for the vacancy and then ensuring you maintain the best talent.
There are many ways to ensure companies are recruiting as cost-effectivley as possible and ensuring you have a fool-proof recruitment strategy will certainly help. I believe that there will always be a need for a mix of methods in recruiting, whether this is head-hunting, direct advertising in trade publications, traditional recruitment agencies, temporary personnel or online recruitment. If companies are clever and strategic in their approach to attracting and keeping talent, then their costs can be reduced and therefore there will always be a need for recruitment companies - whether there will be the need for so many of them is another question!.
I think there is too much media hype surrounding the economic slow down, although concerning yes I think it should be business as normal. Any sound business will be forward thinking, and this means changing with the times. We all thought that with the introduction of the internet news papers and magazines would die out and so much for the paperless office. Business is changing and forward thinking managers will realis
e this and prepare for the future.
Perhaps Google might well do that given enought time, but, we have it now here at Sunees. Visist suneese dot com to see.
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