Headhunting is sometimes the most efficient option for businesses – in contrast to traditional recruitment processes. Otherwise known as retained search/executive search, headhunting involves finding the most suitable and skilled professional for a specific role for a company – even if the individual is not actively looking for a new job.
The process is extremely thorough and typically involves handpicking the best candidates – some of whom may be working for competitors – and contacting them directly in order to convince them to participate in the recruitment process and engage with the new company.
So what are the benefits of headhunting as opposed to traditional recruitment methods?
What are the benefits of headhunting?
Unlike other recruitment approaches, headhunting is targeted – every candidate is carefully selected against requirements. Headhunters identify perfect-fit candidates, as well as potential sources they can use to help them find additional talent. That way, they can find the right candidates for your business and waste no time looking through CVs or interviewing unsuitable candidates.
Headhunting also takes into account the fact that while candidates may not be actively applying for jobs, they may be interested when potential opportunities are presented to them. Rather than posting job vacancies on job boards, headhunters carefully tailor job adverts for individuals who meet the criteria outlined by you (the client) and try to engage with candidates through professional channels, such as LinkedIn.
For ‘difficult to fill’ positions, such as senior and C-level roles, or roles that you do not want to advertise publicly, headhunters are the ideal solution.
How do headhunters operate?
Headhunters are usually specialists who recruit for specific industries and have a large network of connections. Every headhunter will have a LinkedIn professional service account, giving them access to the whole LinkedIn network and LinkedIn Recruiter – the industry’s standard for recruitment tools. With this tool, they can make incredibly accurate and specific searches to help them find the right people.
If your business’ advertising campaigns have been unsuccessful or failed to attract the right candidates, enlisting the services of a headhunter is another option worth considering.
What are the advantages of using headhunters rather than traditional recruitment consultants?
The main benefit of headhunting is that headhunters can source and identify the most qualified candidates to match your requirements. They have wide-ranging networks of professionals and potential candidates that they can tap into.
In addition to this, headhunters personalise their engagement with each and every potential candidate they engage with. They understand that an unrefined, spray and pray approach will not appeal to individual candidates so, in order to engage with them, they must tailor their messaging and take the time to understand what each candidate wants.
Finally, headhunters move much more quickly and proactively compared to traditional recruitment consultants. As headhunters are only paid on the successful placement of a candidate, they have an incentive to find the best talent for your business as quickly as possible.
Of course, in order to get the best talent for your business using a headhunting approach, you need specialist headhunter services. At ecruit, we provide specialist, low cost headhunting services and can help you to find the best talent for your business.
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