Partnering with a recruitment firm that employs industry-trained headhunters can save businesses time, money, and the potential cost of hiring an under-qualified candidate. Roles that are filled by headhunters experience reduced time-to-hire and longer tenures from the candidates placed—this is a result of the efficiency that comes with having a diligent, knowledgeable headhunter working on the search.

1. Industry Expertise

Industry-specific headhunters are thoroughly trained and are experienced in speaking with all levels of industry professionals. They are held accountable for being reliable experts on all aspects of their focus industry and are responsible for keeping up with trends, updates, relevant programs, software, etc. This knowledge allows them to provide valuable insight into the position and its qualifications to ensure clarity among all parties before starting the recruitment process. When speaking with candidates, the recruiter’s expertise allows them to carry intelligent conversations about the role and how it relates to the candidates’ experience. This results in recruiters being able to accurately gauge the abilities of the candidates and the companies ending up with better talent. 

2. Network

According to a study by Glassdoor, 76% of hiring decision-makers say their top challenge in recruitment is attracting quality candidates. When working with an industry-specific headhunter, the quantity and quality of potential candidates drastically increase due to the headhunter’s extensive professional network. Because of their experience communicating with the employers and candidates within a specific industry, a specialized headhunter’s database of talent is constantly expanding. Rather than relying on only a job posting to attract resumes, headhunters actively search for the best talent in the industry, even if that talent isn’t currently searching for a new position. Headhunters have the ability to use their industry connections and cold-call successful professionals who are a perfect fit for the position.

3. Understanding the Talent Pool

Industry-specific headhunters not only have extensive knowledge of the business and key factors of the industry but also know how to clearly and effectively communicate with professionals within the industry. A search for a Manufacturing role is completely different than a search for a Human Resources role, and each industry’s recruiters are experts in their fields and have built rapport with many of the industry’s valuable professionals.

For access to more competent candidates, and to avoid a lengthy, ineffective recruitment process, invest in the expertise of an industry-specific headhunter. When the recruitment process is left to the experts, employers can focus on running their business and rest assured that the talent delivered will be highly-qualified and reliable.

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