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What are the benefits of working with an agency? - Article by Kilian Underhill

What are the benefits of working with an agency?

For some reason the view of Recruitment Agencies is that they are a necessary evil, and whilst I can understand that over the years some agencies have covered themselves in glory, I can, however, say that we only look to do one thing, add value to your business and enable you to have access to the best talent in the market.

A strong working relationship with an agency not only gives you outstanding creative results but it also adds an entirely new way of working with your in-house teams. When your in-house teams work in harmony with an agency, they will act as an extension of the team albeit with a fresh external perspective and a can-do attitude when deadlines are looming on the horizon.

Here are 9 reasons to work with an agency and an extra one on why to work with Ashley Kate HR & Finance;

Accountability
One of the most important aspects of working with an agency is accountability. Our reason for being is to help clients achieve their goals and find solutions to their biggest challenges. We thrive in deadline-driven environments and are held accountable for every part of our service. And we have to do this on time and on budget.

Reliability
As a service provider, we are focused on delivering a high-quality service every time – no matter how big or small the project may be. When we work closely together and become an extension of your team, we take on your challenges as though they were our own and see them through until they are completed.

Creativity
Agencies are made up of many different types of professionals, everything from planners and strategists to techies and, of course, creatives. All of these brains and personalities combine in our industry to bring new levels of creativity to our clients, solve problems and approach solutions in new and unexpected ways.

 

Access to Resources
When you work with a full-service agency, you have access to a multitude of resources that are not easily fulfilled in-house. This includes increased employer branding, expansive network across multiple disciplines, graphic design, marketing strategy, public relations, social media presence. All are at your disposal to use whenever and wherever needed.

External Perspective on the Brand
One of the most valuable services an agency provides is to bring an external perspective to your brand. This means looking at your business as YOUR clients do, seeing what they see and communicating that back in direct and constructive ways. That outside perspective is both enlightening and incredibly important to our clients because it can help them break out of old habits, mindsets and ideas that may be holding them back from making meaningful progress and achieving growth.

Business Focus and Growth
Many people mistakenly see  HR and Finance as just a transactional function and therefore do not understand its value. This ideal is fundamentally flawed when you consider that the sole purpose of HR and Finance is to empower the business and promote its growth. Our benchmark for success is tied to our clients’ goals, whether it is financial growth, increasing sales or swaying public opinion to better position them against the competition.

I’ll Say it Again… Extension of the Internal Team
Great agencies know how to integrate into their client’s culture. We create relationships and focus on your goals with the same intensity that you do – and that is an incredibly valuable asset.

Our purpose is to be your creative thinker, your strategist and team player whenever and wherever you need it. We understand the end goal and will work to achieve it in a way that makes us all proud.

Turn Key Service
When you have a dependable agency that is ready to take on any project at a moment’s notice, the sky is the limit. Having the full arsenal of HR and Finance candidates at your fingertips not only saves time; it opens your mind to new possibilities and new ways of working. You turn the key and we get to work… it’s that simple.

Cost Effectiveness
Many companies have internal recruitment teams, but even they have agencies to help conceptualize, design and fulfil campaigns for them. Operationally, it might be more cost-effective to contract this highly specialized work out to professionals. We’re not employees, and therefore, are self-sufficient, self-sustaining and motivated to get the job done on time. This translates to reduced overhead and better creative outcomes.

In summary, there are a lot more positives than negatives to partnering with an agency. As with everything there is a few out there who do ruin the reputation for everyone else so make sure you be selective with your agencies and invest your time in building those partnerships.

 

Now, why should you work with us?

I believe the biggest attraction to our business is our people. Each consultant here at Ashley Kate only wants the best for your business and for the candidates they work with, we are determined, love to be challenged and have a focus on providing a quality service to everyone involved in the process.

We have been established for over 17 years and have a reputation for providing a consistent personal, professional and honest recruitment service giving equal priority to candidate and client relationships. We are a consultancy renowned not just for the recruitment services we provide but equally for the added value services we offer to HR & Finance professionals.

So why are you waiting? Give one of our consultants a call and let’s start building that partnership today.

 

Finance Recruitment Consultant – South

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