For all these of you who've by no means worked with them, recruitment companies are a fantastic mystery. What do they actually do? Are they any good? What are they to start with? Corporations? NGOs? Employers? Governmental organizations? So many questions... So let's clear the air a bit.

To start with, recruitment agencies are companies - primary and ordinary firms that have employees, that pay taxes and that make profit (or at the least try to because the niche may be very troublesome and competitive). On the market there are just a few global high rollers which can be current in several international locations (like Lugera & Makler, Adecco, Trenkwalder), a number of small companies that specialize on a distinct segment, are good at it and actually make profit (like SAP recruitment) and several other others which attempt to survive (but a lot of the occasions don't).

A recruitment company covers primarily two fundamental activities: helps candidates find a job and helps other firms find good candidates for the open positions they have. So they are a mediator on the market between candidates that search for jobs and corporations that seek for candidates. Most businesses (I exploit "most" because all of those now we have worked with did it, but I can not guess that every one on the planet are in the identical situation) offer largely free providers to candidates and get paid by firms only.

To a candidate, a recruitment agency affords the next services (fundamental companies are free):

- Receiving their resume and inserting it in a database which helps seek for candidates with a sure skill; for agencies working on the identical market, competition is huge because they end up finally with a similar database, so profitable the consumer gets harder; also, small inexperienced agencies can't compete with large ones which already have a huge list of candidates that they will search in minutes;
- Helping the candidates build a professional resume (sometimes paid service);
- Assessing the candidate's skills by making use of tests (IT, language, professional psychological tests) or during interviews;
- Providing improvement solutions (generally paid service) and offering to include them in training or coaching sessions (also largely paid service);
- Sending the candidate's resume to employers who've open positions, in response to required skills (free service mostly);
- Providing the candidate feedback in case of rejection or mediating the salary offering process (largely free service).

To an organization, a recruitment company affords the following providers:

- Search resumes of their database;
- Post ads on suitable recruitment channels;
- Interview and test candidates;
- Propose the very best candidates for the available positions;
- Exchange candidates without cost if candidate leaves or is being fired (on candidate's fault) within a sure time limit (3-6 or even more months relying on position);

How does the hiring process work?

1. The client of the recruitment company opens a position and affords it to at least one or a number of recruitment businesses, relying on inner requirements, policies or depending on the signed contract between the 2 parties;
2. The consumer may be required to pay an advance payment (used for posting ads or for initial time spent on interviews). Fee just isn't returned. Relying on initial agreement, this charge may be skipped and a final success payment paid instead (only if company manages to fill the position with the suitable candidate);
3. Company posts ads, selects resumes, interviews candidates;
4. Agency presents a closing list of high candidates to the client;
5. Shopper interviews closing candidates and affords one or a number of;
6. If position(s) is (are) covered, taxes are paid and process stops; else, recruitment process starts again. If several agencies work on the identical position, the primary one to fill it gets the money. The rest just waste time.

A recruitment company works just like another company. It is a service provider. Its workers are recruiters (the individuals who do the precise recruitment and choice), sales people (who seek for purchasers and sign contracts - sometimes in small companies sales persons are additionally recruiters) and support people (like finance people, building upkeep, drivers, any other internal position vital for an organization to work efficiently).