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I was talking to a recruiter the other day who said something along the lines of ‘I don’t want your help with any agency opportunities because I’ve been approached by a few already and I’m sorted on that front.’ Depending on the context, of course, I think that’s an example of misguided understanding of the reality of choosing the right employer. So, why do you need a rec-to-rec to help with the selection process? 

So Many Options

Broadly speaking, there are large and there are boutique agencies. From what I’ve seen, most accomplished recruiters eventually want to work for a boutique agency. Reasons being better remuneration, more flexibility, more autonomy, no top down management. But choosing the right boutique agency can be tricky because so much rests on the personal qualities of the Managing Director. How do you know what sort of a person they really are? How will they respond in a crisis situation?

The Pitfall

Because the recruitment market in Australia is so candidate-short of good recruiters, many hiring managers and MDs will tell you what they think you want to hear during the interview process in order to get you on board with their business. How can you be sure that they will deliver on everything that has been promised? Unfortunately, too many times I have seen it play out the other way for people!

What a Good Rec-to-Rec Delivers

I’ve been dealing with a lot of my clients for close to four years now and have a track record of matching good consultants with their businesses. Paul Hamilton has been working with some of the same hiring managers for close to 14 years now. We know what our clients look for in consultants and we know what sort of people will do well in their businesses. But most importantly, our relationships with these individuals have passed the test of time. When it comes to our clients at Hamilton Professional, a strict “deliver on what you promise” policy applies.

So, if you’re looking for a good challenge and a good, long-term opportunity where you can flourish, don’t leave it to chance. Trust the experts – that’s what we are here for. 

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