Organisational Insights

No need for high fees in recruitment

Cheryl McCormack, Director & Principal Recruiter argues that there is no justification for charging high fees especially considering that as the salary package rises the ratio gets more out of kilter.

The tasks involved in sourcing talent have evolved into a trickier landscape involving effective keywords in advertising, SEO across platforms and an understanding of deep data mining using Boolean search techniques. These aspects must be carried out quickly with potential candidates captured in a highly intuitive applicant tracking system which in our case is Bullhorn.

That said, the art of true recruitment is in the ability to size people up during face to face interviews, carrying out in-depth previous employment referencing where the referee is also verified, consideration around the most appropriate skills testing and in some cases, psychometric assessments.

It’s certainly a lot of work but many agencies are charging far too much especially when many of the large recruitment agencies who are demanding these high fees often have young inexperienced recruiters often due to high turnover, working on your recruitment project with very little life or business experience – the very ingredients required of a savvy recruiter skilfully able to draw accurate information from their candidates.

There is an alarming trend of late where more and more candidates are found to have misrepresented their employment in CV’s even going to the trouble of setting up false referees. Here again, the inexperienced recruiter may not pick up on candidate body language nor go to the trouble of verifying referees which can lead to serious issues down the track for the new employer who takes that person on believing that a proper recruitment process and good governance has taken place.

The real tragedy is that often the employer has paid the recruiter a very large sum of money and no manner of replacement guarantee will make up for the time lost in training and settling in the new employee let alone the damage that person can do even in the short time span of probationary periods.

Engaging an experienced recruiter to run your recruitment project is the best insurance you can have in minimising these risks – even better than running the recruitment yourself!

For further information or just a chat about the above or your company’s recruitment needs talk to Cheryl McCormack on 0417899756 or email –

What others are saying

I have great respect for McCormack Employment Services,  your down to earth & genuine interest in your applicants and that you have always treated me with dignity & respect for which I am also most grateful.
Anita S. - Executive Assistant

I always found your recruits a higher standard and your screening better.

Peter Ireland - (former Head - Governance, Policy & Risk, Sydney Catholic Schools)

Hey Cheryl,

Loved your insight into motivation, brought back memories. I’ve now been appointed as HSE Advisor for SA in a shared national role. I subscribed to your Leadership Insights Series to start the old grey matter up again.

Steve Francis - (former Retail Management Team, SA)

Cheryl, I just love how professional you are, every step of the way you ace it! A big thank you for your help and guidance.

Nicky Pellegriti - TAS Assistant, MSBC

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the valuable assistance you’ve given me during my job search, you have generously shared your expertise.

Zoe, P - EA, CAS

I can’t thank you enough for your support in helping me secure the SJOG role, working with you is always such a positive experience!

Lynn Devitt - Casa Venegas, St John of God

I would just like to extend my gratitude for walking alongside me on this journey, thank you a hundred fold.

Abbel Gaspi - Project Officer, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

We really enjoyed your time with our team, there was much learned about ourselves and each other, thanks again for your wise guidance.

Megan, S - MBTI Workshop

You have been the best recruiter I have met, committed, caring and with a strong work ethic.

Natalie Centoira - Placed candidate

Thanks for your professionalism, support and assistance.

Sonia Perez - Human Resources Manager, Oakhill College

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the role with Envy Jewellery, I am enjoying it so much that I hope to be here for years to come!

Raewyn Wilson - Customer Service Coordinator, Envy Jewellery

Thanks to Cheryl and the team at McCormack’s for yet again sourcing an appropriate applicant and successfully filling an unusual vacancy at our College.  I would not hesitate to recommend their services.

Joanne Kessey - Secretary to Mr Michael Blake, College Principal, Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood

I want to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my job search process. I am so appreciative of not only the way you made me feel at our first meeting but your generosity with your time and resources.

Donna Laney - Senior Administration Officer – Student Services, Mt St Benedict College

Once again Cheryl, you have found a great position that suits my needs and skills. I will be forever grateful to you.

Kerrie Scarpellino - Placed Candidate

I am absolutely thrilled to be offered permanency. I wish to greatly thank you for all the effort in securing this position and for believing in me and encouraging me to move forward.

Nancy M - Placed Candidate, Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria