As an employer, you try your best to keep an eye on the changing dynamics of the job market, particularly when the country’s economic and political conditions are in full motion. However, focusing solely on recruitment while running a building services engineering company can be quite exhausting.
Therefore, it’s pretty important to have your recruitment drives backed by professional recruitment agents. If you already have one but recruitment is staying on your priority list, then maybe it’s time for you to consider a new recruitment professional.
You may consider a new recruitment agent when:
● Your current agency is changing its contract guidelines
● Your current agency is changing its niche
● Your recruitment drives aren’t productive
● Your office is changing locations
● You’re rightsizing your business
Recruitment agents are generally pretty useful in finding great engineers and employees. However, you need to ensure that the agents themselves are fit for your job hunt. So how would you know if you have to change your current recruitment team for a new one? Let’s find out!
When You Should Consider a New Recruitment Agent
If you want your team to grow and explore new areas in the industry, you’ll have to experiment with new talent hunters, too. Here’s when you should consider changing a recruitment agency:
1. Your Current Agent Is Changing Their Contract Terms
Recruitment agencies, just like other organisations, are bound to bring changes to their infrastructure and contract guidelines. These changes may be influenced by a number of factors.
For instance, an agency may change its payment plans due to a lower concentration of employees in the job market. In other cases, recruitment agents may also change the way their branding works, what details they give to potential employees, and so on.
The bottom line is that a recruitment agency often changes its terms and conditions to fit within the market. Sometimes, these changes may not be compatible with your quest for new employees.
2. Your Agent Changes Their Niche
Every once in a while, there’s a market trend that may probe recruitment agents to reassess their niche and move away from (or in to) building services. This may result from a new government policy, such as restrictions or tariffs on certain industries, or Net Zero Initiatives. Or, if you hear about a new job field, there are chances that your current recruitment agents may want to get into that job pool, too.
In a nutshell, there are a number of reasons why your current recruiters might move away from the building services industry, or the industry might attract none-specialist agents. As a result, you may have to find a new agency to help you continue recruitments.
3. Your Recruitment Drives Aren’t Productive
Another point where you should consider changing your recruitment agent is when you feel like the current one just doesn’t work out for you. For example, you may not be able to reach out to hard-to-find candidates despite investing heavily in your recruitment process.
The agency’s brand’s representation regarding your company may not be getting the right message across. Or perhaps, the recruitment agent just isn’t well-equipped to provide the kind of recruitment assistance you want.
Under such circumstances, it’s better to look for a different agency that follows a different recruitment approach.
4. Your Office is Relocating
Even if your current recruitment agents are the best at what they do, you may still have to change them. This often happens when companies shift their headquarters to new cities or open new branches in different areas, cities, or countries.
In such cases, employers may simply expand the number of agents they’ve hired or replace the previous ones with a new recruitment team. The purpose here is to rearrange employee hunting to suit the dynamics of the job market in the new location.
5. You’re Rightsizing Your Business
New recruits are an integral part of a larger resource system of the company. Downsizing or upsizing businesses is another scenario that can affect your workforce, and by extension, your recruitment programs.
So, perhaps you’re opening up a new venture, where you’ll need extra staff to deal with operations, management, logistics, IT, finance, etc. Or maybe you’re trying to land employees that have multiple skills, so that way you can downsize the number of workers without lessening the work you do. In any case, you may have to find a new recruitment consultant if your current one isn’t capable of finding different types of employees for you.
As your company progresses, you’ll eventually need the services of new recruiters with different expertise. While changing your recruitment agent seems like a daunting task, it’s equally necessary for the overall success of your company.
Mohammed Adris is a co-owner & director at Responsum Global. He has over 8 years’ experience matching the top building services engineering talent with the best employers. He has over 50 written success stories. He’s active on LinkedIn, is a host on The Building Services Podcast, and a regular writer on The Building Services Blog. He’s a dad of 2 & a petrol head.
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