Once upon a time a long time ago there were specialist fashion recruitment agencies who sought out the best talent across the U.K. They worked hand in hand with loyal clients and forged solid relationships.
I work for one of these recruitment agencies and have done for the last 11 years. I wouldn’t ever have described myself as a sales women just very passionate about fashion and retail. I certainly would not have stayed in a job I didn’t love for all that time.
As recruitment consultants we get a very bad reputation; cold calling, aggressive and pushy. Fortunately, I’ve never been described this way and hope I never will be. We have built our reputation and clients over 28 years; so why are we all tarnished with the same brush?
Linked in has played a major part in the downfall of some agencies as well as companies employing In house teams (usually ex agency recruiters).
Here are my 3 key reasons to still use a specialist retail agency in 2017:
- Sharing our knowledge of the market– with the majority of our clients, whether they are briefing a role or not – we are happy to share our information. Each consultant knows their market inside out. We know who is and isn’t looking, where they are and how to reach out to them as well as current salary levels. If other businesses are struggling to find the same people we can advise on alternative solutions. We want to work with you and act as partners and collaborators, we can be your eyes and ears in the market.
- Our loyal candidate relationships and extended reach – Some candidates are hard to find. They may be passive or they may be selective. If they aren’t responding to job advertisements or don’t see themselves as part of your ‘talent pool’ then the chances are that they are already registered with us. Even if they aren’t currently active, there’s a strong chance we will know who they are and how to reach them. We have many networks – each consultant, candidate, client or collaborator has the potential to leverage their networks to help connect you to people with a range of skills and experiences, many of who would be off the radar of an in-house team or hiring manager.
- Quality over quantity– A lot of in house recruitment is aimed at attracting applicants, whether they are responding to an advert, applying on spec, or through a website. A lot of these people may not be good matches for the role hence a lot of time will be invested in filtering, assessing, matching and communicating with them. Using a recruitment agency should mean that you see only candidates who we feel are worthy of consideration and an interview. We will also make sure all candidates have a real insight in to your business – what it’s like to work there, benefits and a feel for the culture. We love getting to know our clients, seeing the offices and meeting the teams. If a candidate checks your business out on social media, then a fully briefed recruitment consultant will be able to help clarify any points that may arise before an interview.
If you would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Emma Ramsden here about the roles we are currently working on.