Whether you’re an employer or a professional, a recruitment agency can provide benefits that you usually wouldn’t have access to if you undertook the job search yourself.
While the basic goal of a recruiter is to match candidates and clients, over time this can lead to other positive outcomes you might not expect. This is especially true of local recruitment agencies and industry-specific consultants.
As a leading Jersey recruitment agency, we specialise in providing a personalised, local service for our candidates and employers with jobs in Jersey.
What is a recruitment agency?
Fundamentally, a recruitment agent helps either candidates or clients with their job search – whether it’s a professional looking for a new role or an employer that wants to fill a vacancy.
Recruitment agents generally work on a 1-2-1 basis with a client or a candidate, learning everything there is to know and then matching them with the relevant counterpart.
This offers a number of crucial benefits for both parties, especially if the recruitment consultants are specialists in a particular field or jobs market.
Why work with a Jersey recruitment agency?
If you’re looking to fill or find jobs in Jersey, it’s worth working alongside a Jersey recruitment agency for a number of reasons:
1. Connections with local businesses
One of the biggest benefits of working with a local recruitment agency is their understanding of local businesses.
In most cases, an agency will have an established network of clients that operate in the area and will fundamentally understand their mission, values and goals.
This supports long-term, sustainable placements between both candidates and clients, which is a win-win for both parties.
From a candidate’s perspective, this also makes it much easier to find a good match in terms of workplace culture.
At AD Offshore, we place equal importance on both qualifications for the role and cultural fit. We want to make sure that our candidates are placed with the right clients, using experienced consultancy to deliver a complete service.
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2. Faster hiring
For employers, recruitment can be a frustrating and timely endeavour, taking resources away from other important tasks. One of the major benefits of working with a recruitment agency is the streamlining of this process.
A recruitment consultant can handle marketing and screening – the two most time-intensive elements of recruiting – leaving you to handle the interview process and make a final decision. While you might feel that you can handle the recruitment process in-house, this can quickly eat into valuable time when you’re hiring for multiple roles or a more specialist employee.
At AD Offshore, we specialise in professional services roles including the finance, legal and trust sectors, which are notoriously competitive and require very specific skill sets. Our team is made up of consultants that have experience in these fields, which gives us unique insights into where best to place a talented candidate.
3. Higher-quality candidates
Using a Jersey recruitment agency vastly improves your chances of finding high-quality candidates, especially if you operate in a specialist sector. At AD Offshore, we have access to a large pool of talented, pre-screened candidates that are solely interested in Jersey jobs, meaning you’re guaranteed a quality employee.
This is our job and we regularly deal with candidates of all ages, experiences and skill levels. We’re experts at screening candidates and further analysing those with potential, ensuring that we find good matches for the right businesses.
4. Better access
When you put a job listing out, you’re relying on people to come to you, which doesn’t always mean you’ll find the best candidates.
A major benefit of working with a recruitment agency is the access you get to ‘passive talent’. These are candidates not actively looking for work but open to opportunities that provide career development or better positions.
In most cases, a recruitment agency will know who these people are, how to get in touch with them and most importantly, understand how to motivate them to join your business.
Likewise, if you’re a passive candidate that only wants to receive more senior roles or something that offers better progression, working with a recruitment agency can open up these opportunities.
5. Industry specialism
Depending on the sector you work in or the direction you’re taking the business, you may need to hire for specialised positions.
While you’d be capable of doing this yourself, you’re still running the risk of resource drain and frustration during the process.
Alternatively, you can work with a recruitment agency that specialises in these fields – safe in the knowledge that the agents will find the best candidate in a much shorter space of time.
At AD Offshore, for example, we operate across the professional services sector in the Channel Islands, helping candidates find accountancy, finance and legal jobs in Jersey alongside much more.
With a more general recruitment agency, the service is typically less ‘complete’ as the experience and understanding aren’t there.
6. Local market knowledge
When you work with consultants that understand the local market, such as a Jersey recruitment agency, you’ll gain access to all of their knowledge around the market including salary rate, desirable skill sets, career expectations, contract support and complexities you might not have realised exist.
It’s this local knowledge that allows us to also prep our candidates as best as we can. With a mix of specialist resources, an understanding of how different clients operate and what the local market needs, we’re able to maximise the potential of our recruitment consultant services.