The Benefits of Using a Specialist Recruiter to Find Talent

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The Benefits of Using a Specialist Recruiter to Find Talent

true 04 December 2020

I NEED TO RECRUIT, BUT THE JOB IS SO SPECIALISED. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Sourcing the right talent at the right time can prove arduous for any company. But the process becomes even more challenging when you work within a niche industry or sector. In these situations, a specialist recruiter can help find the perfect candidate for a hard to fill role. Unlike regular recruitment agencies working across a range of sectors, niche recruiters have many years combined industry experience in their specialist field. 

When you call a specialist recruiter to fill a role, the chances are they will have filled it before, so they know exactly what you are looking for. Trying to explain to a recruiter what skills you need for a technical role such as a Systems Engineer or UAV Algorithm Developer, can indeed be very time consuming and frustrating. Industry specialists can save you valuable time and energy, ultimately leading to a far easier recruitment process.

 

So what are the benefits of using a niche Defence and Tech Recruitment Company like First Hand Recruitment?

1. A FOCUSED TALENT POOL

Niche recruiters can access a concentrated pool of rare candidates, resulting in better efficiency during the hiring process and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with the best talent in the industry.

Unlike our broad stroke competitors, we can tap into niche industry events and specialist user groups that we know your dream candidate is attending. Niche recruiters spend time building relationships with skilled personnel in the sector. Therefore 'passive candidates' are far more reachable through recruiters in a niche recruitment agency. Whether it’s a Systems Engineer with Autonomous Systems experience or a Software Developer who’s worked on Sonar Modelling projects. We know the market and who’s working in it, both inside and out.

 

2. KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR MARKET

Working with a niche supplier gives you the benefit of being able to ask your recruiter for all sorts of useful information on your industry and get a better perspective on how best to fill the roles you’re recruiting for.

They understand about the goings-on in your market place and can keep you up to date with market trends, competitor salaries and benefits so you can adapt and pivot, when necessary.

 

3. A CLEAR MESSAGE AND HELP WITH YOUR BRAND

Engaging a recruiter within a specific industry such as the Defence, Cyber or Aerospace sector, gives you the opportunity to deliver your message to a highly targeted audience. It makes all the difference on that first call to a candidate – especially if they are of the elusive ‘Passive’ variety.

 

4. A STREAMLINED PROCESS

Niche and boutique recruitment companies typically offer a far more personalised service. You’ll have a named account manager on hand at all times to look after your every recruitment need, which means you can get on with your own job and we can do ours – and quickly. Across the UK Defence sector the average CV to Interview Ratio is 8:1, however, we operate at 4.5:1 on a standard contingency model and 3:1 using our world-leading video interview technology.

 

KEY LESSONS

We have to be honest, we know that working with a specialist recruitment agency isn’t for everyone. Sometimes a traditional generalist recruiter is the way forward. Using a specialist recruitment supplier may not be the cheapest model to adopt, but the benefits of market-knowledge, unparalleled candidate networks, representing your brand and a far more streamlined process is why many customers return to us again and again.

Save yourself time, money and stress by using someone who knows exactly what they are doing, and who also knows exactly what you want.

If you’re interested in engaging First Hand Recruitment to recruit for your current or upcoming vacancies, get in touch with us by calling 01372 365 057, email us info@firsthandrecruitment.co.uk or Click here for our 'Register a new vacancy page'.

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