How is a Talent Acquisition Consultant Different from a Recruiter?
This is a good question as often the titles are used interchangeably. To answer the question, ask yourself another question. Do you have an immediate need to fill a vacancy or are you looking ahead identifying future talent needs to grow your business? If the former, you may need a recruiter. If the latter, you would benefit from the assistance of a talent acquisition consultant who works with your company’s leadership to develop a strategy for finding appropriate candidates for positions that require a very specific skill set consistent with your brand.
Benefits of Engaging a Talent Acquisition Consultant
- It’s Efficient Saving You Time and Money.
A talent acquisition consultant examines your company’s strategic approach to hiring and identifies any hiring practices that are not aligned with your company’s objectives or that may be inconsistent with your brand. The consultant recommends solutions giving you immediate results for the long-term.
Once specific position needs are targeted, you then have access to the consultant’s extensive databases of talented candidates, even for those hard-to-fill jobs like executives or specialists. Your hiring managers don’t have to waste their valuable time screening candidates and conducting first round interviews. These services are all performed by the consultant. Hiring managers only meet with the most qualified, vetted candidates.
- It Enhances Your Company’s Social Media Presence.
To attract recent graduates or technology-savvy candidates, you need a strong social media presence. An outsourced talent acquisition consultant can maximize and promote your brand through social media, giving your business access to a larger, talented pool of qualified candidates. If you don’t really have a brand, a talent acquisition consultant can examine your company’s culture, products and services to help you zero in on a brand and then promote it online. Potential candidates want to know what it would look and feel like to work for your company. Branding achieves this.
- It Promotes a Positive Relationship Between Your Company and Candidates.
Using cutting edge recruiting software, talent acquisition consultants can screen, interview and recruit the absolute best candidates for any job and ensure a continuing relationship with great candidates not chosen for a particular job. A talent acquisition consultant ensures a process is in place to enable you to reach out to previously screened candidates for a relevant future job opening.
- It Quantifies the Success of Your HR Practices
Your HR team may not have the resources to evaluate the success of the company’s talent acquisition efforts, its leadership development programs, and other HR programs designed to enhance the experience of employees. Professional talent acquisition services include a variety of scientific and data-based approaches to measuring the effectiveness of these programs. If and when shortcomings exist, an outsourced talent acquisition consultant will recommend solutions to managers and assist in implementing them throughout the organization.
Through metrics and analytics, talent acquisition professionals can also quickly identify when a company is losing candidates to the competition, based on their actions or lack thereof. Employer brands need to be backed up with employer actions in the form of decisions that reflect core company values, not just branding. Otherwise, employers will have trouble retaining quality employees, let alone attracting qualified candidates. A talent acquisition consultant can help your company overcome these issues.
Contact Smart HR for More Information about Talent Acquisition Services
Your employees are your company’s biggest asset, and you want the best the labor market has to offer. Smart HR’s talent acquisition consultants have the knowledge, expertise and resources to ensure your access to the best candidate pool, even for key positions requiring a special skill set. Invest in your company’s future by calling Smart HR today!