Active job seekers have traditionally used recruitment agencies as their first port
of call when job searching. Accordingly, organisations with job vacancies also came
to rely upon recruitment agencies. Indeed, agency fees are a major part of most
organisations' recruitment budgets.
Some justifications for this expensive relationship:
- Access to a large pool of candidates;
- Access to pre-screening services;
- Reduced administrative overheads;
- Expedience; and
From a job seeker's perspective, anonymity afforded by agencies is an often-cited
reason for choosing this medium, as well as the perception that agencies have the
greatest access to current information about job opportunities.
With the pace of technological change and in times of reduced organisational recruitment,
potential employees are canvassing all options available to maximise their chances
of finding and successfully obtaining a position of choice. Utilising this shift
in environment is essential to best practice recruitment.