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Why Use a Recruitment Agency

Why Use a Recruitment Agency

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There are many benefits of using a recruitment agency for both candidates and businesses. Recruitment takes a lot of time, effort and skill to match the right candidates with the right vacancies, particularly if those roles are in specialist sectors. You can try and do it yourself, however it’s really not a task business owners should just add on to their already hectic schedules or one that stressed and inexperienced candidates should attempt alone. We take the burden of recruitment away from you and turn it into a wonderful opportunity. Remember: recruitment is its own industry for a reason – it’s not universally easy.

Here are our top reasons why you should always use a recruitment agency!

We know the recruitment process inside and out

Like I said, we’re an industry. We know there are a lot of factors to consider when recruiting for employees but this doesn’t faze us. Of course, not every recruitment journey is identical because every business, every candidate and every role is different – but this doesn’t mean a lot of the fundamentals aren’t the same. We know what we’re doing; it’s basically second nature! You can find more information on Qube’s recruitment process in our blog.

We can identify the best candidates for the best roles

Because we’ve had a lot of practice, we can pick out the most suitable CVs from the tallest of digital stacks and match the best candidate to the right role. We know what qualities to look for in an applicant and can get a lot more information than the skills written on a single page.  Also, we’re excellent CV speed readers who never miss a detail!

We save businesses time, money and hassle (and we do a better job)

Sorry (not sorry), but we really do provide a better service as we have the capacity to do a better job than a lot of inexperienced candidates or business owners, particularly when it’s a start-up or a small business hiring situation. By taking over the recruitment process for you, we filter candidates and interview them first. This means you only spend time meeting with the really strong contenders and can focus on developing your business and managing your current employees.

We help your vacancies reach more candidates

For us, accessing thousands of CVs is literally a click away. We have a bigger pool of candidates to choose from which means we have a better chance of finding the right employee for your business.

We find candidates jobs they might not have found themselves

A lot of candidates with big aspirations aren’t really sure where to start when it comes to job seeking. Do they have the right qualifications or experience? What level of employment should they be aiming at? What salary should they be earning? We provide the answers to these questions, give direction when it’s needed and help candidates get a job in a career they really want.

We’re the best at hiring for specialist sectors

As a specialist recruitment agency, we know our selected sectors. We know how to hire effectively because we know where to look for candidates who possess specific skills, what different specialist roles entail and how to go about matching roles with candidates.

We’re a friendly face you can turn to throughout the process

We’re here for both candidates and new employers. Getting a new job or hiring a new employee can be scary – what if it’s not a good fit? The wrong match can delay work and time, cost money and generally just be an uncomfortable experience. Recruitment consultants offer that extra bit of support which makes everything a whole lot easier. We’re here for you to turn to with any questions and we will always do our best to accommodate your needs, desires and requirements.

We don’t get paid until we fill that vacancy

Candidates don’t pay us any money so they definitely don’t have anything to lose by using a recruitment consultancy and we don’t get paid by a business until we fill their vacancy – we enjoy our jobs but we’re not saints; this structure is a big part of why we work so hard!

So ultimately, what does a recruiter do that’s so useful?

Outsource recruitment agencies do all the heavy lifting, take away the stress and do a better job! We are recruitment specialists; this means that recruitment is literally our livelihood so we readily dedicate time to the whole recruitment process – and we’re very good at it! The best way to hire new employees is definitely through outsource recruitment and the best way to find your dream job is through a recruiter.

Speak to a recruiter today!

Factors to Consider when Recruiting Employees

Factors to Consider when Recruiting Employees

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Recruiting employees for your small business can be a stressful and overwhelming process. There are just so many things to consider before hiring staff that it’s best to break it down into three major parts: what you want, what the job role is exactly and what criteria a candidate needs to deliver the results you want. Otherwise you risk not hiring the right person for the job, a mistake which could waste your time, resources and money.

So, What Do You Want?

Why are you hiring employees / What problem do you need solved?

The best way to hire new employees is to first identify why you’re recruiting. The fact that you’re employing staff in the first place suggests you are lacking something within your business that you need.

What specific problem do you want recruiting new employees to solve? E.g. do you need a new employee to replace an existing one? Are you expanding your business and need a new employee to do that? Are you venturing into new areas? Do you need someone to improve a department or perhaps drive profits for a specific product?

To ensure you are hiring the right person for the job, you need to perfectly understand your reasons for recruiting employees in the first place, as this will help you identify what you’re looking for in a candidate.

What do you want from your new employee?

So you know you’re hiring employees because you want someone to handle a specific problem or achieve a certain goal, i.e. drive sales for a particular product. Now you need to situate their role in relation to solving this problem. Will they lead or organise an individual project or projects? What exactly do you want them to contribute? Should they suggest new ideas? Or innovate? Considering your business goals in direct relation to the employees you’re looking to hire will make hiring the right person for the job much easier.

What Job Role Are You Offering?

What will the job role entail on a daily basis?

You know why you’re hiring employees and what you want from them, now you need to outline the day to day components of the roles on offer. Will your new employees have set tasks or will they be independent? Will they work autonomously or as part of a team? Setting clear outlines of the roles that you’re hiring for is an essential, but often overlooked, part of employee recruitment strategies for both you and your candidates. It helps ensure an open line of communication and equal understanding from both parties. If the roles are unclear, you could easily hire someone who is the wrong fit or thought the job would be something different.

Will the job role be a learning role?

Identifying whether the new role will entail training is not only an important part of the employee onboarding process, but narrows down your pool of candidates. Once you know which level of candidate you can accommodate or that you require, recruiting employees becomes a much easier task as you can better filter the applications before the interview process.

How much salary is the right candidate worth?

Salary and budget are determinate factors within a lot of small business hiring. Once you have a well-rounded and fleshed out idea of why you’re recruiting employees, your needs and the roles you’re offering, you should consider whether the salary you can offer for a specific role is negotiable for the ideal candidate, rather than decide on a fixed figure before commencing interviews. This will ground your search for employees and ensure you’re realistic from the outset, while also allowing you a little flexibility.

What Should You Look For in Your Candidates?

Qualifications

A pretty obvious recruitment criterium, when hiring employees you need to identify whether the candidates have the qualifications not only necessary for the roles on offer, but also the qualifications that will help them thrive within your company.

Work experience

Previous work experience is often where most candidates, especially graduates, can fall short. This is why it’s so important when you’re hiring employees to identify whether the roles on offer will include training. If you decide against accommodating for training time, you may miss out on a candidate with a lot of potential. Equally, if you want an employee with a lot of experience you may have to rethink the salary you originally proposed.

Career history

This is different from work experience. For personal and career history you should ask questions like: how long were they in their previous job? Why did they leave? Have they always worked in your sector? Asking these kinds of questions helps you better understand the person you’re interviewing and gauge whether they’re in it for the long haul. For ideas on how to subtly ask these kinds of questions, see our previous blog post: What Your Interviewers are Really Asking You.

Career goals and ambitions

The level of ambition you desire in a candidate will depend on the role. If you want someone innovative who will make a real impact on your business, then ambition is key. If you want someone to carry out menial tasks, then you may find an ambitious candidate would get bored easily in the role and leave.

Personality

You’ve got to work with whomever you hire and trust them to represent your business. When recruiting employees, you should always remember that the candidates you’re interviewing are real people who will need to fit in amongst your current staff . Treating them as normal human beings during the interview process will make it less awkward and encourage them to open up.

Appearance and physical presentation

When hiring employees, it’s important to consider the impression they will give to your customers. And how do you do this? You consider the impression they first gave you. Have they made an effort to look presentable? Are they clean and appropriately dressed? If they turn up to the interview scruffy, then imagine what they’ll do once they already have the job.

Recruiting Employees is Never Easy

Employing staff is not a secondary task you should rush through. Recruitment is another way in which you build and develop your business. Your employees are your business tools and if you don’t have the right tools then you won’t produce the right product.

Try recruiting staff yourself by following this advice and using a hiring process checklist. Alternatively, if hiring employees will take up too much time for you, or if considering all these different factors of recruitment just seems like too much effort, then contact Qube. We are well-versed in these practices and, to be honest, a professional, outsource recruitment agency is often the best way to hire new employees.

Get a Job No Experience

The Best Way to Get a Job with No Experience

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The Best Way to Get a Job with No Experience

Whether you’re wondering how to look for your first job or craving a sudden career change, identifying the best way to get a job with no experience can seem like a hopeless task. It’s not! In fact, many jobseekers as this, particularly those setting out at the beginning of their careers. There are steps you can take that will give you a better chance and ensure you’re making progress in the right direction for your career goals.

Do Your Research

Without any job experience, you don’t really know what you’re getting into. This is not only a major red flag for employers, but it also make things harder (and riskier) for you. Thus, it’s absolutely critical that you do your research. Look at the various job roles in the area you want to work and you’ll better understand the kind of progression that’s the norm or the skills you need. The more information you have, the easier it is to make decisions to help you get your dream job.  Moreover, the more informed you come across, the more likely it is you will stand out in an interview.

Sign Up to Local Recruitment Agencies

We’re not saying this just because we’re one of the best recruitment agencies out there *wink wink*. But, because it’s quite literally a recruitment consultant’s job to help you get a role that’s suitable and what you want to do. Candidates don’t pay us so you’re effectively getting our specialist recruitment services for free. We’ll do everything we can to advise you and get you interviews. We’re the best way to get a job with no experience because we know the job-seeker process, the structure of the companies we represent and we give you realistic opportunities so you don’t waste any time.

Find out more about Our Recruitment Process.

Tell Your Recruitment Agents Specifics

We want to know what you want to do from the outset. We can’t read minds. We need information. Tell us which roles you’re passionate about and which jobs you’ll actually take. Attending interviews for jobs you’re not interested in is a waste of time and money for you, the client and us! What’s more, once we know what you want to do, we can give you advice to help you compensate for your lack of experience. We can also point you towards the roles that you actually have a chance of getting.

Look Into Independent Study

You’re at a disadvantage if you don’t have any experience in the field in which you want to work – but literally everyone has to start somewhere. You can’t exactly come out of the womb with a degree and 5 years accounting experience!

To compensate for your lack of experience, you should look into free and academic courses in the field you want to pursue. This not only shows employers that you’re passionate about your chosen direction, but that you have the confidence to invest in yourself. It will also provide you with necessary qualifications you may have to complete later down the line anyway.

Consider Internships / Apprenticeships

A great way to gain job experience is through completing internships and apprenticeships. They might not pay a lot (and sometimes not at all) but they look great on a CV and give you a leg up on the competition. They also give opportunities to the applicants who need it – those without the experience.

Be Open to Temp Work & Maternity Cover

Open up your options! Temp work sets you up nicely when you’re pursuing a new career. It gives you a bit of experience and, because it’s not a permanent role but a short-term position they will likely want filled quickly, employers will usually look at a wider range of applicants than they would for a full-time position, i.e. enthusiastic newcomers without much experience.

Accept That You’ll Need to be Flexible with Salary

This should be pretty obvious but just in case you haven’t thought about it – you cannot expect a winning salary if you don’t have any previous experience. You’ll get there eventually, but accept that you’ll have to start at the bottom to begin with.

It doesn’t really matter how old you are; you’re a baby in that industry and will have a starting salary which likely reflects your lack of experience.

Undertake Thorough Job Interview Preparation

Your experience might not stand out among the applicants, but you can if you make it through to the interview. Your employers want to hire someone they can trust, who’s eager to do well and who they can see working for them. Have a look at our tips on Preparing for an Interview and Appeasing Anxiety.

Getting a Job with No Experience isn’t Easy But It’s Not Impossible

Of course, your first job in a new sector won’t be your dream job. You may end up taking a job with a tenuous link to what you actually want to do. Nonetheless, making small steps will help you get on the right track. For more advice see our blog post 4 Steps on How to Get Your Dream Job or contact us and speak to one of our recruitment specialists for free.

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