DIY Recruiting

Had yet another interesting discussion with a client reluctantly advising us that they were going to do their own recruitment last week.
Whilst this DIY ethos is prevalent at the moment it’s almost always reluctantly implemented by the person who is tasked with the assignment.
For this reason I know that the policy is flawed.
Whilst anyone can buy the short term cost saving argument, companies must understand that finding the right person is neither a task that can be undertaken reluctantly nor is it simply a case of advertise and they will come.
Great recruiting requires effective and continual use of multiple sourcing channels.

  • Job Boards
  • Referrals
  • Head hunting
  • Social Media
  • Talent pool management
  • Deep web searching

Equally the best candidates are mostly fully engaged therefore the knowledge of their whereabouts and requirements is a large part of what recruiters are paid for. This requires a significant investment in time and expertise.
It surprises me that many clients ignore this reverting to “cost down” as their primary objective over quality. Both objectives can co-exist when properly planned.
For some organisations “people are our most important asset” has become a Tui billboard…


About chotey
Recruitment Company Director, Founder, Advisor and Investor

2 Responses to DIY Recruiting

  1. Steve Brown says:

    Chotey – reverting to DIY in relation to recruitment doen’t have to occur at the risk of quality.

    The ability to manage the recruitment opportunity cost, build and maintain talent pools, utilise social media, while at the same time working to manage turnover through engaging with internal staff means that the DIY approach can be a viable alternative to outsourcing to a process transactional supplier.

    Coming from nearly 20 years in the recruitment industry, I know the value that agencies can deliver.

    In this market the challenge for agencies as I see it is to provide more tangible long term value and part of that could involve assuming more of the recruitment risk.

    • chotey says:

      Absolutely Steve however my point was that its often not a case of either or especially when forced by mandate internally rather than by design. The issue is that DIY takes an investment approach from an organisation rather than a simple quick fix cost down imperative.

      Good to hear from you Brownie!

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