The 7 Reasons Why Your Recruitment Agency Isn't Prioritising Your Vacancy

#2 Your hiring criteria is unreasonable


Now, despite the bad press they get, your recruitment agency is likely working hard on your behalf. But recruitment is no easy task, else you'd be doing it yourself, right? So we're taking a look at the reasons behind their failure to fill the vacancy you gave them.

#2 Your hiring criteria is unreasonable

You have a list as long as your arm of all the personal and professional attributes your new hire should have.

You're not going to give ... they have to have them all.


And you're not paying the market rate.

Just because the man that worked for you in that role for 15 years was prepared to do all that for £35,000, is does not mean we'll find someone else who will.

And have you considered what you are offering in return in terms of opportunity? Or that maybe someone who was doing an identical job to the person leaving will want to move to another company for an identical job? (Oh, and for less money and annual leave). Would you?

Please consider the key skills that are required and be prepared to be flexible to attract the right person. And the right person is almost certainly not a carbon copy of the man who is leaving.

Because he's leaving.

Maybe you're packing him off on retirement but don't expect that the next person will work without a pay rise for the next 4 years or a clear career path.

Of course, there will be key skills and personal attributes you want and need. Every business needs to ensure that they hire someone capable of the tasks they will be undertaking and align with your culture and values. But the more flexible you can be, the more chances of a successful hire.


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With thanks to Greg and Chris Savage for the inspiration, enthusiasm and support on this recruitment journey #SavageSprint

Clare Wight is the founder and Managing Director of Clarity Appointments, an independent recruitment specialist. She served time as a Regional Director for The Employment Agents Movement, supporting other independent recruiters.

And she remains an active member of Members Only, a recruitment leadership network promoting high ethical standards, collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion.

She believes business owners are more fulfilled and higher-performing when they provide emotional and professional business support to other business owners, even those they deem to be competitors. She does this actively, whilst challenging and updating her skills and knowledge of the recruitment sector, enabling her to offer the very best of advice to firms looking to make their next hire.

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