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Having spent over 23 years working in Search Recruitment; the single biggest issue I’ve found is explaining to clients what is it that we actually do? How do we “add value” to their business?

And why does Search work so much better than other “reactive” forms of recruiting? Why does Search Recruitment win in the war for the top talent in your market?

The answer comes in 3 forms:

  • Search finds the cream of the crop; we call it the “Hidden Elite” that Recruitment Agencies, advertising and CV Websites can’t find
  • Proactive search gives us much better control of the timescales of a search. We are in control; we’re not relying on the right candidates coming to us. We go to them.
  • The top companies need the top talent, not just a “bum on a seat” to do a job. Bad hires cost huge amounts of time and negative energy.

So let’s explore the 3 most common questions we are asked by prospective clients:

Surely companies can source the same candidates as a search recruiter?

Although the world is now predominantly “online”; the mechanisms for the job market haven’t really changed with the advent of technology.

In 1990; people who were looking for jobs used to “register” with agencies, read job adverts in the newspaper & ask companies direct whether they had any vacancies. These things still happen, agencies register “active candidates”, job adverts are now online & companies have websites with job vacancies on their “Jobs” page.

But that’s missing the point; companies can only recruit candidates that are actually looking for a job; which is roughly 5% of the working population at any one time. So what about the other 95%? How do we as an employer access them?

Well that’s where a search recruiter comes into play.

We work in very niche, specific industries & we make it our business to know all of the companies in the space we operate; and then find out who the people are that work for those companies.

We spend years forging relationships with the top talent in our chosen market sectors; both to recruit them but also to use their huge network of contacts to unearth the right individual for the right job. This level of network is our secret weapon that allows us to fill even the most difficult of roles.

This unique network is our expert knowledge; and it’s core to the service we provide. Quite simply, we can unearth candidates than nobody else can access.

So when we have an active search we are able to then tap into this “network” to identify the individuals with the right skillset we require. That’s why it’s called “Search”. We truly search for the skillset our client requires.

With Advertising, Agency or posting jobs on an employers website; there is no searching whatsoever – success relies on the right talent being in the right place at the right time. Which is a pretty unlikely set of circumstances.

HR & Internal recruiters can source the same calibre of candidates.

 Search recruiters spend their time doing two things; finding talent that companies cannot find themselves & recruiting that talent into client companies’. That is our reason for existence.

We are experts in “recruitment”; getting the right candidate to take the job.

There are a seemingly endless number of reasons the right candidate rejects a job offer. Salary, package, working hours, job poorly defined, etc.

Finding the right candidate is critical; but the reason we are expert “Search Recruiters” is we know how to work through the interview and offer process to give you the client the best chance of recruiting the talent you need.  Our livelihoods depend on it. Recruitment to us is the ability to actually get the talent to accept the job. Most of the time it’s a mix of managing expectations coupled with strong communication. Specifically, through the inevitably complex negotiation of a salary package.

In our experience; companies themselves (whether it’s hiring managers or HR) tend to be weak in this area and although they have “selected” the talent through the interview process; an amateurish handling of the offer process leads to an eventual rejection of the job offer.

We’ve huge experience in every conceivable eventuality when it comes to managing job offers; and we use our unique 3rd party position to our advantage – so that we are able to work as a conduit between the 2 parties to facilitate a deal that works for everyone.

Search Recruiters are expensive.

A common objection we hear is that our one-off fees are expensive.

This typically comes from companies that are employing both HR & Internal recruiters on activities to recruit people. As mentioned earlier; HR & Internal Recruiters are primarily talking to and interviewing active candidates; who are either rank average or not suitably qualified for the role. It’s understandable to employ internal recruiters who are hiring large volumes of generically skilled people; but within highly specialised, knowledge based industries paying their people high salaries; it makes no sense to ignore expert recruiters in favour of salaried generalists that simply have to tools to recruit the active job seekers.

It’s the norm in every industry that the top performers never actually “look” for a job. Opportunity seeks them. Whether it’s upward movement within a group of companies; an “old boss/colleague” approached me; or a “Headhunter” approached me. The common theme here is opportunity finds them. Their individual career achievements make peers & management take note; and their reputation gets noticed.

That’s what we look for – people who are “noticed” and then subsequently recommended by others. Referrals are our No1 source of top quality people. It’s what we are all about.

So it makes financial sense to use an expert search recruiter in your market to hire the best talent in your specialist industry.

#wynnejobs

Date posted: November 26, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

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Each recruitment process is unique, but there are some normal things that occur in the majority of cases. From a headhunter’s perspective, being aware of what’s happening can help you deal with the process and ensure you have the best chance of success. The top 10 things you should be aware of are:

Continue reading 10 things you should know about the recruitment process – a headhunter’s perspective.

Date posted: November 19, 2020 | Author: | 1 Comment » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

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I was out with some friends over the weekend and an interesting conversation developed.

One friend was exalting the virtues of his lovely German saloon with leather interior, cruise control, faultless driving experience,etc. Another friend was championing how cheap his “Far East” manufactured car cost was “to buy and run”, the low cost for spare parts, servicing, etc.

Although the conversation was about cars – the two friends were coming from opposite ends of the scale in terms of car needs and wants. Kind of similar to comparing apples & pears.

This set me thinking about our clients;  “Transactional” and “Value-add”.

Continue reading How much value does your recruiter add to your business?

Date posted: November 12, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

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As a leader and manager of any successful business, a key component is the successful acquisition of the right people at the right time, with the minimum amount of time and effort expended.

We encounter countless fundamental errors that companies big & small make on a daily basis that are massively hampering their ability to attract and recruit the “hidden elite”. This is the best talent in any market sector. Make sure you don’t fall foul of our top 5 hiring howlers:

Continue reading 5 hiring howlers you need to avoid to recruit the top talent.

Date posted: October 29, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

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A scenario we experience regularly goes something like this. A client wants to recruit a key individual, so they assume the best strategy is to put the job out to 20 different recruiters. “Surely, if we put the job out to lots of recruiters, we’ll get a good coverage of all of the job seekers at that moment in time and we’ll then be able to recruit the best people available.”

The problem with this strategy is like you, a recruiter has to put hard work and effort into any inquiry to turn it into a result.

Any efficient, well run business knows that the key to success is to pick and choose the business they target, rather than working on every client enquiry.

Continue reading Why it pays to use a top recruiter exclusively.

Date posted: October 15, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

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I was sat in a coffee shop over the weekend and overheard two friends talking about cars.

One was exalting the virtues of his lovely German saloon, with leather interior, cruise control, faultless driving experience,etc. His friend was also exalting how cheap his car cost to buy and run, the low “upfront cost”, low cost for spare parts, servicing, etc.

Although the conversation was about cars – the two friends were coming from opposite ends of the scale in terms of car needs and wants. Kind of similar to comparing apples & pears.

This set me thinking about clients “buying” recruitment services and their wants & needs; be it “Transactional” or “Value-add”.

Continue reading Not all recruitment companies are the same – you get what you pay for.

Date posted: September 17, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

Search & selection

There are numerous times in life when ‘more’ is better; More space, bigger car, more money. So doesn’t it make sense to use multiple agencies to fill your roles? Surely more agencies would equal more candidates; and subsequently a better spread of talent to fill your role. The multi agency approach makes some sense from a client perspective, but it’s one of the biggest mistakes I see clients in the market make.

 

Let me explain…

 

During a multi agency search, consultants recognise that after considerable work, there’s a strong chance the selected candidate for the position could come from another agency or job advert on Indeed. As a result, this forces recruiters to invest less work into this type of search. Experienced consultants will skim for candidates who are on the market, send a shortlist and move on to retained and exclusive work; And trust me, this is the smart thing to do, having another candidate get the position after 10 hours of search work is dismal!

 

But why is this an issue for you? You’ve placed the role with a multi agency search; and besides, aren’t all recruiters fishing from the same candidate pool? Surely more ‘fishermen’ equals more fish!? But in reality, this is not how recruitment works…

 

In reality the candidate pool should be seen as more of an iceberg, with 80% of candidates lying ‘under the surface’; these candidates are not actively on the market, won’t reply to your job adverts and won’t have their CV on popular job hunting websites. They require labour intensive methods to properly source, from traditional headhunting to referrals. Most consultants won’t commit time to this form of search when competing against several agencies. So the chances are, if you’re using a multi agency approach, all agencies you’re currently using are only accessing the same 20% of visible candidates.

 

But let’s play devil’s advocate and say you happen to find the perfect fit. Who cares about the candidates you missed?

 

But think about it. You’re recruiting from a limited pool of active candidates, while your competitors are accessing the full breadth of talent available. Over a 5 to 10 year period, who is likely to have the stronger team?

 

My successful clients know that you can’t build an exceptional team with a limited view of available talent, especially in a niche market . They always opt for an exclusive or retained project with a specialist agency who understands their industry.

#wynnejobs @wynneconsulting

Date posted: August 6, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

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One of the  biggest problem companies face is how to recruit high quality people in today’s competitive environment.

The major issue is that the vast majority of high performing people don’t ever look for a job on the “open market”, so don’t talk to recruitment agencies, respond to job adverts and place their CV’s on CV Websites.

So how do companies get hold of these people to have an opportunity to recruit them? This diagram gives an accurate breakdown of a typical company of 100 people:

 

Continue reading Headhunt search finds the “Hidden Elite” that conventional recruitment methods can’t unearth.

Date posted: March 12, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting

Search & selection

As a headhunt search company we are in business to help clients find the high calibre people they need to be successful.

We find people by identifying and then headhunting target individuals who we believe have the right skills and attributes that we are looking for. That’s great – but when a headhunter calls you, what is it really like?

As a rule of thumb, we will firstly call the individual and identify that it is in fact them speaking (and not their manager who’s answered their line); then we will make them aware that we are a headhunting organisation and that we would like to have a conversation with them about an career opportunity. We’ll ask “is it a convenient time to talk?”

Continue reading When a headhunter calls – thoughts on how to deal with it.

Date posted: March 6, 2020 | Author: | No Comments » | Categories: Recruitment & Headhunting
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