Companies decide it’s time for new hires based on various factors including expansion into different services or products, retirees who leave gaps in key roles, a need to be more competitive and/or attempts to inspire current employees to be more productive.
Many organizations turn to their HR hiring staff to spearhead the efforts. Since this staff typically knows which current employees are eligible to fill the new positions, they often start in-house in their recruitment efforts. They have often known prospective candidates since their initial hire and have defined opinions about their assets and shortcomings based on observation and performance reviews. If no current employees are qualified, they expand their search outside the company.
External recruiters have access to a brand new pool of appropriate candidates with assets and accomplishments typically assimilated through working for industry competitors. Working in tandem with internal recruiters, they can analyze what’s missing, what’s desired, and how to hire the best candidates. The advantages to external recruiters working hand-in-hand with a company’s HR department or hiring manager are significant, and most companies find the related expense money well spent.
Strength In Numbers
Whether your company has 20 or 200 employees, in-house recruiters are not limited to promoting within that group. Posting open positions on reputable job boards is effective, especially if targeting specific candidate groups is an option. External recruiters also have a list of potential contenders at their disposal but they have the advantage of already knowing their specific qualifications through weeks or months of vetting. Logic dictates that choosing the best applicants from three groups will produce more qualified prospects than a limited group. Current employees can certainly be considered in the hiring and promotion process but fresh contenders often bring unique perspectives and talents unavailable in-house.
External recruiting provides access to employees of your competitors. While internal hiring staffs can’t ethically or practically poach star employees from the competition, external recruiters thrive on analyzing and cherry-picking up and coming employees from all companies they have ties with. If your company manufactures and sells whatchamacallits, an external recruiter normally knows who your competition is and how their top hires are keeping them one-step ahead of you.
Once word gets out that your company is using an external recruiter along with their own HR staff to fill positions, the motivation that sweeps through the ranks is palpable. Nothing inspires increased productivity and free-flowing creative juices like the prospect of a new person coming on board with great ideas and boundless energy. In fact, a study by Incentius, a leading business data analysis firm, found that while internal hires get more promotions during their first two years on the job, external hires get more promotions during their third and fourth years on the job, proving that the flames of external hires burn brighter over time.
Diversity is vital in today’s workplaces. Besides being a fundamental part of fair work protocols, the practice increases global respect and understanding and brings fresh viewpoints to the floor. External recruiters have instant access to candidates from all cultures, ages, and demographics, some of which they already have professional relationships with. This contributes to a clearer vision and understanding of the world’s changing needs and how to fill them for increased profits and expanded knowledge.
Promoting from within frequently stifles creative growth. Employees who are promoted internally often rely on old skills rather than developing new and more efficient and productive ones. External recruiters specialize in discovering new talents and approach your competition’s most qualified employees. This often increases your profits and lets new hires showcase their aptitude in a fresh environment with higher wages and better growth potential.
Bright New Ideas
Much like long-term personal relationships, long-term employees regularly fall into ruts that prevent professional growth and quash new concepts and ideas. External executive recruiters are generally already aware of candidates that bring fresh perspectives to the table, often from more than one former employer. These ideas inspire those around them to come up with innovative points of view and promote original thoughts among their peers. Rehashing stale ideas creates a pool of unfulfilled and frustrated workers that eventually decrease the bottom line of profits, a factor that new employees from competitors rebuff with “what if” thought processes.
When company promotions come from within, there are always whispers of favoritism and unfair practices as well as stories of currying favor with higher-ups by acting in a flattering or submissive manner. New employees drafted from the outside by external recruiters or a company’s existing HR department can’t possibly incur such wrath, so the petty atmosphere of hiring and recruitment gossip is squelched before its inception.
Growth and Inspiration
Not only are all employees individually inspired by new people with original thoughts, the stimulation traditionally spreads throughout the company, often accompanied by verifiable growths in profit. Uplifted spirits spawn hope and inspire people to produce beyond expectations. When everyone excels in their positions, company earnings typically rise. There is much less chance of this happening if all promotions are made from within, which often results in feelings of inadequacy and ultimately lower performance by those who are overlooked. On the contrary, bringing enthusiastic employees from other companies into the fold doesn’t tend to ruffle the feathers of existing employees as drastically as internal promotions.
Nothing inspires productivity, excellence, and creativity like competition. From grade school through college, rivalry has proven to win the unwinnable, date the undateable, and reach unimaginable heights in scholastic, sports and social contests. When new, unknown players are brought into the game, adrenaline starts pumping and suddenly formerly average employees conjure up performances that surprise and impress.
External recruiters are akin to professional counselors. Personal conflicts often last for decades when friends and family members are the only people asked for help in developing and implementing solutions. When an outsider steps in, they can often clearly identify the problem in a short amount of time and offer several viable solutions no one else ever considered. Hiring an external recruiter who can work in harmony with your internal hiring staff typically reaps substantial rewards in less time than you ever imagined.
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