Thursday April 11 2013

Why use a Recruitment Consultancy?

Why use a Recruitment Consultancy?

In this article Tammy Smith, Director of AFR Consulting explains why you should consider using a recruitment consultancy when looking for your next appointment.

Using Recruitment Consultants when making your next appointment has many benefits.

Getting to know you 

A Recruitment Consultant will get to know your business so that they can make the perfect match and the more they know about you, the more relevant CVs and individuals they will put forward. Whether that is the dynamics of your department and management personalities or the growth strategy and benefits packages on offer, all this allows the Recruitment Consultant to give candidates an accurate representation of you to make sure theyre genuinely interested.

Likewise, Recruitment Consultants get to know the candidates, they understand not only their CV and career history but what theyre genuinely looking for and as importantly not looking for in a job. A good Recruitment Consultant will also meet and get references for all candidates they represent so that they have full confidence in them when we put them forward to you.

Find a specialist

It is important to find a Recruitment Consultants that specialises in the particular role you are recruiting for. AFR Consulting just specialise in Financial roles and our strap line is Numbers are your lives, people are ours . Although were pretty good at numbers too, many of our consultants have a financial background or have been specialising in the financial recruitment industry.

By using a Recruitment Consultants area of expertise  they will know all levels of roles and whos in them already and they can help build the right job spec to help attract the right talent for your role.

A good Recruitment Consultant will have many years experience and have a well developed network and knowledge of candidates on the circuit so that they can advise on who to avoid recruiting or interviewing. They know the "job hoppers" and any people there may have been issues surrounding previously.

Time management

One of the major benefits of using a Recruitment Agency is the time they will save you.

  • You wont have to sift through all the irrelevant and unsuitable CVs they only send a few, and these are the best suited to you.
  • You wont be hounded by masses of agency calls trying to take on your advert or be bombarded with CVs that all need responding to.

A Recruitment Consultant will handle the full process for you from start to finish, from short listing, coordinating times for interviews at 1st and 2nd stage, and will handle feedback to all candidates.

And it doesnt end there with Recruitment Agencies as they will also manage the offer process thinking about the little things, asking the right questions working with both parties so that when a candidate becomes an employee the relationship is professional and positive from the outset.

A good Recruitment Agency will also offer after-care, checking you are happy with your appointment, and advising on any issues that may arise.


Something that companies dont necessarily consider is the potential negative impact on their brand of advertising multiple roles. Repeat advertising of roles could appear that your company has high staff turnover or are unattractive employers.

Using a Recruitment Agenc avoids having to advertise a role more than once and we know how to present a company making many appointments.


For example, at AFR Consulting we recruit only Financial roles, so we know our market place inside out and we register only the best candidates. We have an excellent network which includes potential candidates that arent necessarily actively looking for a move but who could be a perfect match for you.

When you place an advert yourself you rely on people seeing that paper or jobs board at that time, limiting your CV pool.


The Recruitment Consultant reputation is somewhat tarnished by the perception we only get paid when we place a candidate so we will send anyone but people forget that reputable agencies, including ourselves, offer a protection for your investment, that if the candidate we place doesnt work for you well find their replacement for no additional fees.

If you were to handle the process yourselves, you could place an advert which youd pay for up front and not get the right candidate apply. With a recruiter you only pay when you offer the job to the candidate of your choice.

For more help and advice on using a Recruitment Consultants for your next vacancy, please contact Tammy Smith, Director at AFR Consulting on 01204 694973.


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