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When choosing a recruiter to work with, your primary focus is finding someone who understands your industry. Someone who, from the beginning, understands the technology, terms and standards implemented within the niche, as well as the expectations of the market. Would you expect to hire a good candidate if the recruiter you hire doesn’t have knowledge of your industry?
Of course not. So, the obvious answer to the above question is yes.
So, how can you, in this marketing era, find the right recruiter who genuinely knows what your industry is all about?
An HR professional’s biggest challenge is that many of them don’t always understand the jobs they’re recruiting for. Sourcing top talent entails a deep understanding of a specific industry, the skills of a candidate, and how those candidates’ qualities are the right fit for their role.
Here are two reasons why having industry knowledge should be the number one priority of a recruiter:
All industries have their own specialties, terms, and jargon. These nuances carry more weight during recruitment than merely finding one that matches all the requirements on paper. It means that not every industry can hire for all types of niches. Even if the overall hiring procedure is the same, nuances are what differentiate a standard recruiting firm from the ones that know about your niche.
“You sent me someone who isn’t even familiar with general ledger,” is something often heard when one is hiring for an accounting firm. Non-specialty recruiters tend to conflate accounting with the use of simple tools. Bearing that belief, these recruiters do only the bare minimum— seeking those who can perform the basics of accounting.
Such debacles end up slowing down the recruitment process, which in the long term, creates more problems. On the other hand, those with industry knowledge will know your requirements right away. Having been constantly updated, they will have a rough but applicable idea of your industry standard, giving them a head start and helping them find the recruits that suit your requirement.
A recruiter who has industry knowledge of your domain is your biggest asset.
These tips will help you find a recruiter that has knowledge of your industry:
Finding a recruiter that has your industry knowledge is not an easy task, but it is essential. While most industries have static standards that remain constant, they are also affected by ever changing and fluid technologies that impact every industry. A solid recruiter will have expertise in navigating both.
At ALIGN, we provide customized recruitment services for executive and management positions. Our task is simple: we find the best professionals so your organization can benefit from market-ready expertise. If you have any further queries, reach out to our experts.