With the ubiquitous use of the internet for job hunting, it’s easy to think that using a construction recruitment agency is an outdated method of finding candidates. In reality, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. A good quality construction recruitment consultancy can often prove far more effective and bring better results than placing ads on company websites and job sites – here’s why.
A recruitment agency understands the urgency behind the vacancy and will proactively look for candidates to fill your position, rather than waiting for candidates to come to you. This can be extremely useful when it’s imperative that the role is replaced quickly, or when it’s been difficult to find the person and the search has dragged on. On top of this, your HR or recruitment teams may not be specialists in this exact skill set and have 1,001 other things to be doing – a construction recruitment consultant on the other hand can give your vacancies the attention they deserve.
Provides Better Candidates
Everyone knows that there aren’t enough quantity surveyors, estimators, civil engineers, and project managers/programme managers to go around, so finding, attracting and retaining the best talent is more difficult than it used to be. However, a good construction recruitment agency has a huge database of past candidates that they have built strong relationships with. They know prospective candidates’ backgrounds, experience, and may have even helped place them in several roles. This knowledge is extremely valuable when trying to find the right person for each position.
Offers a Range of Options
A construction recruitment consultancy can do more than just promote your vacancy, they can help you search for and even headhunt the best candidate for that difficult-to-fill, niche position. Services such as a retained search or market-mapping can help identify suitable candidates and are extremely useful for specialist or extremely urgent roles, or when smaller employers are losing out to their bigger competitors. In fact, it’s extremely likely that your competitors are already using recruitment agencies to target and headhunt your existing staff.
While there is a fee involved when using a construction recruitment consultancy, this is often offset by the time savings gained. By outsourcing the recruitment process to a specialist, you can focus on your day job and doing what you’re best at rather than chasing potential candidates.
Why Maxim Recruitment?
You need reliable, high-quality staff to help you deliver your current projects and grow your order book. At Maxim, we build relationships with companies like yours, taking the time to understand your business to help you find and secure the right candidates for your needs. With over 15 years of experience in construction recruitment, we understand the skillsets you’re looking for and the people you need to fill them. And with our fair “no placement, no fee” policy, there’s no risk for using our services. Our simple Submit a Vacancy form can get your role advertised quickly and easily, and we can even help with job description writing and provide advice on how to attract the right talent.
About the Author
Construction Recruitment Director, UK & Canada
I am responsible for the Maxim Recruitment office in the UK where our team of recruitment consultants specialise in the recruitment of quantity surveyors, commercial managers, delay, dispute and claims consultants for civil engineering and building contractors and specialist construction consultancies. I am also responsible for growing our recruitment operation in Canada and the USA where we are increasingly busy. I have over 20 years of experience in construction recruitment and enjoy working on both contingency and search/headhunting assignments for our repeat clients.
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