Solid relationships are an integral part of running a business. This includes how a company manages their interactions with employees and also the experience it provides to customers.
However, this is also true when it comes to working with recruiters.
When engaging recruiters in their job search, companies have to strive to maintain a healthy relationship with them, as this will only serve to help make the recruitment process more efficient.
This is a topic that Pursue Consultancy Founder and experienced recruiter Francesca Ellul brought to light on Tuesday, listing five different ways through which employers can improve their relationships with recruiters.
Firstly, she started off by stating that if a vacancy is filled, they need to let recruiters know “as soon as possible”.
“A good recruiter should be following up for updates frequently, but they’re not going to call every day. Give them a heads up when a role is closing and save them unnecessary effort,” she added.
It is also crucial from employers to give recruiters some kind of feedback.
“Even if you don’t have any feedback because it has not been given to you yet, it is better than radio silence. Don’t let a recruiter assume what’s going on and communicate throughout,” Ms Ellul continued.
Additionally, she pointed out that employers need to give recruiters some priority when it comes to roles. This includes either a “brief exclusive period” or else a “heads-up” on certain upcoming recruitment needs.
Recruiters also should not serve as a “last resort” for employers.
“Don’t just give recruiters the dead-end jobs that have been open for months,” she remarked, before adding that employers need to “appreciate the value they add to other vacancies”, not just the ones that are “incredibly hard to fill”.
Lastly, she stated that employers need to build rapport with their recruiters.
“A little on the nose, but if you’re looking to improve a relationship, then you at least need to make an effort to build one,” Ms Ellul said. She added that employers have to provide recruiters with insight into what is going on internally, adding that “some informal chat and banter also goes a long way”.
She concluded by saying: “Improving your relationship with recruiters will only benefit your recruitment process.”
Ms Ellul has a wide array of experience in the recruitment industry, having launched Pursue Consultancy late in 2021. Through the venture, she is able to support candidates through resume writing and consultancy services to find job opportunities either independently or through the firm as a recruitment agency. Prior to that, she worked in various recruitment-related positions at StreetHR, Nicholls Moisa, iGaming Elite, and Reed Specialist Recruitment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management, Business and Management from Study World Malta, and is primarily focused on building “authentic, long-term relationships” as a recruiter.
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