What is Recruitment?

What is Recruitment?

Recruitment is another word for recruitment and selection, also called "recruiting and selecting suitable candidates". The goal of a recruiter is to ensure that the right person ends up in the right place. In practice, this means that a candidate must not only meet all the hard job requirements, but also must fit within a company when it comes to "soft skills". Recruitment is indispensable for every organization and is not an easy process in the current tight labor market. But companies are growing and want to find well-qualified personnel quickly. A dilemma for many organizations.

Arrange recruitment internally or outsource it

Whether it is smart to outsource your recruitment process to a recruitment agency (also called a recruitment and selection agency) depends on various factors. First of all, the size of the organization is decisive. A small company often does not have its own recruitment department and therefore no internal recruiters. Then you will soon be forced to hire a recruitment agency. Such a company often does not have the resources and time to make a good selection of candidates. Or it simply takes too long.

From a certain size, where there is an internal contact point for recruitment, it can be profitable to take on the recruitment & selection yourself. But not all positions are always filled on time. And then it can be very useful to hire one or more recruitment agencies. Only at larger, often corporate, companies do you see that internal (corporate) recruiters are self-reliant. There is a lot of budget, marketing knowledge and know-how to fill specialist positions. There is no or less cooperation with recruitment agencies. Only if it concerns an emergency vacancy or a vacancy that has been open for some time. Due to the extreme scarcity, you also see that a recruitment agency sometimes has to be involved. We do see that more and more specialist recruiters are being deployed.

Which type of recruiter suits your recruitment process

The biggest distinction is made between the internal recruiter and external recruiter. The internal recruiter works within an organization and the external recruiter is engaged by an outside organization. This person works at a recruitment or employment agency. At a recruitment agency you often deal with a headhunter. He or she selects candidates with a specific profile. This often concerns positions that are difficult to fill. A temporary employment agency works for organizations in a broader range, with a greater focus on executive functions. These are also generally easier to complete. At an employment agency you deal with an intermediary.

Type of recruitment agency that suits your company

The most common agencies are employment agencies, secondment agencies and recruitment and selection agencies. Employment agencies therefore focus on executive positions where short-term deployment is required. A recruitment and selection agency is not only concerned with executive positions. There is therefore a greater chance that they operate in a niche market, or a number of niche markets. A secondment agency attracts candidates for a long-term relationship. They receive training and are often deployed in specialist positions. The legal employer is then the secondment agency instead of the client.