How to make the most of a recruitment agency

Looking to work with a social-sector-focused recruitment agency to help streamline your hiring process and resolve staffing shortages quickly and effectively? Before you start your research, here’s a brief guide on how to make the most of a recruitment agency!

1.Be clear about what you want 

Just like you wouldn’t go to an estate agent without a vague idea of what kind of property you’re after according to your budget, you shouldn’t reach out to a recruitment agency without a recruitment goal in mind. Think about contract length, skillset requirements and the problem you’re trying to solve with this new hire. 

2. Find a specialist recruitment agency 

Finding the right candidates for any role is a challenge, but finding the right social worker is a whole other kettle of fish. Not only will this person be representing your team, but also has a moral duty to provide the highest level of service to vulnerable adults and/or young people. That’s why your best port of call is to work with a recruitment agency which specialises in social work and understands the ins and outs of the public sector. 

3. Let the recruiter do the legwork

When running a business, it can be hard to hand over something as important as hiring to a third party. However, it is super important to trust the process and let your chosen agency put its industry insight to use! Plus, all the candidates the recruitment agency puts forward will have already been pre-screened and shortlisted, meaning your time can save time, effort and money. 

Overall, it’s a good idea to be open-minded when it comes to the recruitment journey and take any advice provided by the consultants onboard. 

4. Build rapport 

Having an open dialogue with the consultant(s) you’re working with is always a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals. Furthermore, building rapport with your preferred agency means you can go back to them for future staffing requirements, safe in the knowledge that they know exactly what your team is all about and what to look for!

5. Book in a call!

Get the ball rolling and book in a call with your chosen recruiter today. Make sure to ask about the recruiter’s experience e.g. how long they’ve worked at the company, as well as about previous clients and more information on the current talent pool. If you’re not fully confident in the agency’s ability to meet your staffing requirements, then it’s a case of thank you, next! 

Here at Social Personnel, our consultants have a wealth of experience working with social workers, with a portfolio of over 10,000 candidates across 155 locations. We are utterly dedicated to delivering top-notch staffing solutions to our clients and have a holistic understanding of the public sector, as well as the current challenges facing health and social care. 

If you’re looking to work with a recruitment agency which specialises in supplying professionals in health and social care then give us a call on 0203 8929 340 today and we’ll help streamline your hiring process and identify the best of the best for the job!

carlette Isaac

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