Organisational Insights

Recruiting but time poor?

So many employers approach a recruitment project without a lot of planning or forethought. And the repercussions of a poor hiring decision can be detrimental not just to moral, but also to the bottom line!

It is so often a case of needing someone to fill a role because of an unexpected resignation or perhaps a sudden but pleasing increase in work.

A lack of time can lead to a less than satisfactory recruitment being run when it really needs to be a highly strategic and purposeful exercise if an organisation is to have any opportunity of benefiting from the whole process.

Some of the reasons why organisations believe they can do a better job than an expert recruiter;

  1. We understand the organisation better – the culture and nuances involved
  2. We have more in-depth knowledge about the role
  3. We can carry it out in-between our own job duties and tasks
  4. Recruiting isn’t rocket science after all
  5. We can save on the high cost of using an external recruiter and use that money elsewhere in the

Here are some reasons why this thinking can be flawed;

  1. An external recruiter specialised in the sector also has a good understanding of the organisation
    including the nuances & culture can be gleaned from a combination of site visits and good questioning.
  2. An external recruiter can see the wood for the trees! There is a lot of benefit in being at arm’s length!
  3. Experienced recruiters know how to ask the right questions in developing or adding to an existing job
    description – they understand that this is one of the most valuable tools in recruitment as it acts as a compass.
  4. Time strapped employees trying to juggle something as important as recruitment will inevitably let something slip – this is not good on any level!
  5. Yes – recruitment is not rocket science, but it is an art! It takes experience to understand candidate behaviour, what is being masked and why, to uncover real motivations, to assess hard and soft skills.

Are you really saving? The cost of a bad hire is stated to be up to five times the fee paid to an external recruiter and it doesn’t stop there – the fallout around moral can stack up in a negative way too!  Then there is the fact that an external recruiter will provide you with an insurance policy – called a replacement guarantee! If the organisation must start again due to a poor hiring decision, the full cost is realistically doubled – let’s not even discuss the time issue!

It makes a lot of good sense to outsource recruitment to an external recruiter – just make sure that the recruiter you chose does have a successful track record in your industry, has been doing recruitment for many years and can provide multiple testimonials in support of their track record.

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