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Hiring Yourself vs. Recruitment Agency

When you decide to go through the process of taking on a new member of staff, you will need to decide whether to recruit through an agency, or to recruit yourself using internal resources. Using a recruitment agency certainly has its advantages but you may prefer to do things yourself. Here are some of the pros and cons of both options:

Hiring Yourself

Pros
• You stay 100% in control of the whole process
• You can review all applicants
• You choose where and when the job is advertised
• No recruitment fees

Cons
• Recruitment is costly in terms of your time – taking you away from your role
• It may take longer to fill the position
• You have access to a limited candidate pool

Recruitment Agency

Pros
• They have access to more potential candidates
• They can source candidates more quickly through their networks
• They free you up to concentrate on your job
• No fees if you don’t hire their candidates
 
Cons
• You need to invest time with the agency to ensure they understand your company
• You pay a fee for their services
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