What do you gain from using a specialist recruitment agency? (return to main news page)

By Andrew Stuart-Harris

Whether you’re an SME with no dedicated HR/recruitment team of your own or a national organisation with a full HR department, there are plenty of benefits to using a specialist recruitment agency with a strong background in your business sector. This article outlines some of those benefits – firstly for the SME, then for the larger organisation and, finally, for all businesses generally, from the family-run to the largest blue chip organisation.

For the SME...

So you know you need to recruit a Finance Manager, an Accounts Assistant or a candidate to work in your commercial team, but what do you need to know in order to find the right candidate for the role?

Do you know where to look for specialist staff?

Do you have the experience to write a job specification that will attract the right candidates?

Do you have the necessary interviewing skills – and do you know the right questions to ask – to make sure you choose the most suitable candidate?

More to the point, would you be diverting your attention away from your essential business role (and at what cost) if you go down the ‘do-it-yourself’ route?

The alternative, for many businesses, is to use a specialist recruitment agency. Stuart-Harris Recruitment Consultancy recruits for organisations in the manufacturing, engineering and service sectors, focussing on the followingspecialistmarkets:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Executive Search and Selection
  • Procurement
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Office Support.

The consultancy’s 13 years of experience in these sectors and markets ensures that your search finds the best possible specialist candidates. Here are some of the ways we can help you...

Getting the brief right

Stuart-Harris Recruitment will work with you on a brief that will specify exactly the sort of candidate you need for the vacancy. Taking time to accurately identify and understand clients’ needs is one of the aspects of our business that we are well known for:

“The skill of Stuart-Harris Recruitment in identifying our requirements to fill positions in very specific roles has been very impressive.”Partner, Accountancy Practice client.

“...first class in understanding our exact requirements...” Finance Manager, Manufacturing sector client

Attracting the most suitable candidate for your vacancy

Attracting the most suitable candidate can be a challenge – a newspaper or online advert may be read by hundreds of potential candidates, but how many of them would be suitable for and interested in the position you want to fill?

Stuart-Harris Recruitment’s bank of specialist, high-quality candidates is extensive – the result of 13 years’ experience of resourcing ideal candidates. This allows us to focus your search in a proactive way, to make sure you have a choice of optimum candidates for your vacancy.

Every candidate on our books has been interviewed, either face-to-face or over the telephone, as part of our screening process. This means that, as a client, you only receive CVs for credible candidates who are an ideal match for your requirements. As one of our clients in the manufacturing sector says, we are “...first class in ... ensuring that only fully capable candidates are put forward for selection.”

The perfect interview

If you don’t have an in-house recruiter, it can be a real asset to have a recruitment expert sitting in on your interviews, giving you the confidence that all the right questions are being asked – and answered – and that nothing essential has been missed. Stuart-Harris Recruitment can provide that extra pair of eyes and ears to help you assess and select the most suitable candidate for the role.

For organisations with dedicated HR/recruitment teams...

The experienced HR/recruitment professional knows how time-consuming it can be to source a candidate with exactly the right background and experience for a specific post. In addition, you’ll know that it can be surprisingly difficult to attract the quality of candidate you require for the more senior or experienced vacancies using the regular recruitment channels.

If time is of the essence, you can speed up the process by using a specialist agency – and achieve the result you require at the same time. Stuart-Harris Recruitment know where and how to find the candidates you are looking for.

“The last position I employed through Stuart-Harris required a very specific skill set, with a relatively quick turnaround. I ended up with two candidates possessing all the skills I needed and I could honestly have taken either.”Financial Controller, Manufacturing sector client

For every size of organisation...

Stuart-Harris Recruitment will be with you throughout the recruitment process – and we won’t settle until we’ve secured the perfect candidate for your vacancy.

Here’s just a few of the additional ways we can we can help, so that you can spend more time focussing on your business goals:

We will take references from a candidate’s referees on your behalf – either before or during the interview process, to support your decision-making;

We can help you manage the recruitment process, liaising between you and the candidate, right up to and including handling negotiations with your chosen candidate;

If, for whatever reason, you need to conduct interviews outside your normal working premises, Stuart-Harris Recruitment can offer you private, neutral interview space at our offices at the Redlands Business Centre in Sheffield.

Once you’ve found the perfect employee...

We’ll keep in touch with you to make sure everything is going smoothly once your new employee is in post – not just in the few days after they’ve started work for you, but on a continuing basis.

Our clients say it best...

Our ethos is to create lasting business relationships with both candidates and clients, offering a professional and personal recruitment service. As one of our distribution sector clients in Sheffield says, we “...display a genuine knowledge of your business, taking time to understand your requirements, and take a refreshing approach to serving and retaining clients and candidates alike, until the two are aligned perfectly. If you value a genuine service, Stuart-Harris Recruitment should be your first choice.”

You can read more of our clients’ testimonials on our website at www.s-h.org.uk.

Get in touch on 07980 749931 or email recruitment@s-h.org.uk to find out more or to discuss your recruitment needs.