Different Species of Recruiter

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Not all recruiters are created equal. Firms specialise in different areas, and if you go to the wrong type of recruiter to fill a role you’ll find yourself with inferior candidates to choose from – if you find any candidates at all. Getting the right talent into your business is the key to success: hiring is a major investment that will pay off over the course of years if it’s done correctly. If it’s not you may find yourself wasting resources on someone who cannot give your business what it needs.

Let’s take a look at some of the different species of recruiter you’ll find out there in the wild, so you can make the right choices when you’re hunting for the talent you need to take your business to the next level.


Taking temporary talent on in your business has evolved: it used to be the preserve of the temp or the seasonal worker, providing some unskilled extra labour during busy periods and to cover an absence.

Over the last ten years a growing market has emerged for so-called ‘Interim Management’. This is Executive Level temporary recruiting, focusing on getting skills into a company when they’re needed in a crisis. It’s by nature limited term, with a quick turnaround. Interim Managers might be recruited to turn around a business that’s in crisis, or work with a start up in its early day to help set up HR systems that will keep them running efficiently until they’ve scaled up enough to justify bringing in a full HR Team.

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Looking for firms that can supply this Interim Talent is key for when your business is facing ‘out of context problems’. Know the area you are recruiting for and look for firms that specialise, whether that’s tech, finance, or HR to get you the candidates who are the experts you need.

Entry Level Recruiting

When you’re looking for entry level staff, or those with only a few years’ experience, you are best served by high street recruiters, or the big online names. Going to niche recruiters that serve your sector isn’t the most efficient choice when you’re looking for people who haven’t had the time to gain experience in that sector: they won’t be on the recruiters’ radar.

Executive Recruiting

When you’re trying to recruit for executive level positions, you need to go to specialists. The benefits the right executive can bring your company are huge, but given the costs you must be sure they are the right executive. Look for firms with a reputation for Executive Search in your field, and develop a close, collaborative relationship with them so they know your needs and can serve them effectively.

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