What makes a good recruitment agency

Recruiting: what is it and how does it work?

The employment agency used to have a monopoly on recruitment. Today companies tend to look for qualified personnel through a recruitment agency.

According to statistics from the Federal Employment Agency, 3,054,722 people were unemployed in March 2014. Even if you are not a fan of statistics, every layperson will recognize that this number is alarmingly high. The fact that other countries in the European Union are far worse off may sound comforting.

In the highly competitive job market, looking for a job is like playing a lottery. Even the smallest straw is seized, especially by the long-term unemployed, to find their way out of unemployment (see also article: How the long-term unemployed arrive at companies). Not a straw, but recruitment agencies are a great alternative. The term is on everyone's lips, but hardly anyone knows exactly how they work and how job seekers can use them to improve their chances in the open labor market.

History of recruitment

Since 1994 members of all professional groups can be placed with companies through recruitment agencies. The exemption that previously applied to artists, photo models and executives has been repealed. Another legal change came on March 27, 2002, because all recruitment agencies are no longer subject to authorization.

What should a recruiter be able to do?

Even if there is no longer a requirement for a permit, the recruiter still has to prove some qualifications in order to do his job justice. Basic knowledge of office communication, appointment management and labor law are a prerequisite in addition to the human aspect.

Aim of a recruitment agency

The recruitment agency brings employers and employees together. Employers who are looking for specialist personnel pass this “request” on to the recruiter. He can then choose the right potential employee from the available applications. The recruitment agency is, so to speak, the middleman and saves companies the time-consuming research for suitable personnel. She makes a pre-selection and the employer then decides who will be invited to the interview. The aim of a recruitment agency is always a permanent position.

Consultancy for a recruitment agency

Step 1 when working with the recruitment agency is for the applicant to speak to them directly. All documents relevant to the application must be submitted in full here. The recruiter checks the completeness and records the personal data as well as all job-specific knowledge. He is also available to the applicant with tips and advice if he has difficulties creating professional application portfolios.

Exact examination of professional competencies

A recruitment agency is not about placing the job seeker in some kind of job as quickly as possible. Rather, the goal is to find exactly the candidate who fits into the company one hundred percent. Precise information from the searching company about the job profile and from the applicant about his or her skills are therefore essential. Very often it is about highly qualified personnel who are only sought through a recruitment agency. The salary expectations also play a special role. The company gives the recruiter a sum XY and a certain amount of negotiation leeway. In this way, when selecting applicants, a pre-selection can also be made under the financial aspect.

What does the recruitment cost?

The recruiter works like a broker and receives some kind of fee for their efforts. Even if the recruitment agency is entitled to bill the potential employee for the costs, the expenses almost always go to the recruiting company. However, these are discussed in advance and agreed in writing so that there are no discrepancies afterwards.

Temporary employment agency and recruitment agency
➥ What's the difference?

Often both forms of recruiting are lumped together. Even if they are similar, the difference can be explained as follows.

  • A temporary employment agency also places workers on short notice and above all for a certain period of time. This can also be several companies in which the job seeker is deployed.
  • A recruitment agency is looking for staff for a company who exactly match its requirements. The goal here is always a permanent position.

Who does the service of a recruitment agency benefit?

Both employees and employers benefit from this service. Companies save themselves a flood of applications, do not have to conduct endless interviews and also do not have to worry about sending back application documents. The employee is only placed with a company that actually has a vacant position that matches his skills and knowledge. If my explanations are not enough for you, take a look at the explanatory video from the Randstad Professionals recruitment agency. This brought all the questions and answers about the process of recruitment to the point in a simple but understandable form.