UK: How do I fill the job?

UK: How do I fill the job? - Recruitment consultants can help find your ideal candidate. With a flourishing economy and low unemployment, greater employee confidence is making it difficult for SMEs to find the 'ideal' candidate for key posts. In today's

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Recruitment consultants can help find your ideal candidate. With a flourishing economy and low unemployment, greater employee confidence is making it difficult for SMEs to find the 'ideal' candidate for key posts. In today's 'candidate-driven' market, how does an SME find the right person for the job?

Clearly, finding candidates through networking is highly effective and has the advantage of starting the employer/employee relationship with a positive reference concerning an individual's abilities and track record.

If networking fails to provide a solution, the recruiter can either appoint a recruitment consultancy or place its own advert. The latter course can work well but does require an effective advert to be placed in the most appropriate media, sifting through responses and arranging interviews.

Appointing a search or selection consultancy can free you to focus on running your business. The experience and industry knowledge of such consultants can secure the very best candidate for the job.

Recruitment consultancies can help in three ways. First, there is the recruitment advertiser who can draft and place your advert. Responses will be sent direct to you and you then draw up your own shortlist. Second, a selection consultancy will draw up the shortlist of the most appropriate applicants. Thirdly, a search consultancy will use its industry knowledge and contacts to locate candidates without placing an advert.

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