Looking for a new recruitment agency? Here’s what you need to know.

There are many reasons you might be looking to hire a new recruitment agency – maybe your business is expanding and you need a more experienced recruitment team on your side or you’re unhappy with what your current agency is offering you?

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Whatever the reason, this is an opportunity to find and work with an agency that will bring you sought-after candidates and ‘great fit’ employees. With recruitment being an essential part of business success, it’s worth taking some time to consider what a reputable and successful recruitment agency should be able to offer your business.

Factors to consider when selecting a recruitment agency:

Level of experience. In our digitally-driven world, anyone can Google and conduct relatively wide-ranging candidate searches. This means that being presented with a list of available candidates for a position is simply not enough. The agency should have experience in terms of both time in the world of recruitment and your specific industry. This includes a clear understanding of what it means to work in your business, the environmental factors at play, and the unique nature of your business’ culture. Understanding these elements will help an agency zero in on the most suitable candidate for the job, saving you valuable recruitment time and reducing the likelihood of a bad hire. Established in 1977, Lee Botti and Associates are recognised as a major supplier of quality permanent and temporary staff for the supply chain / logisticsand travel We are proud of our long history and the fact that we are the recruitment company of choice of more than 2 000 South African companies country-wide.

Credibility and accreditation. Just because a recruitment company has been in business for a long time does not mean they are credible or that they have a good reputation. It’s important to know what the agency holds in terms of formal accreditation as well as ask for referrals to discover what it is like to do business with them. It’s also important to find out how a recruitment agency treats its suppliers and candidates – if they care about and nurture these relationships, they are more likely to do the same in their relationship with you. And, above all, it’s an ethical approach to all business dealings that counts. As for us, we are active members of APSO (The Association of Personnel Service Organisation) as well as the Exporters Club, TRAVELBAGS and SKAL. Our people abide by a strong code of ethics, both personally and professionally, and we are involved in many committees and social investment programmes (like our very own iThuba) because we care about both our business and our community.

List of checks and balances. It’s not enough for a recruitment agency to search for and line up a set of seemingly suitable candidates for the job. They also need to vet them and make sure that they are who they say they are and that they have the qualifications listed on their CV. Sadly, there are too many chancers in the job seeker universe. A solid recruitment company will conduct background and salary checks, as well as confirming the validity of listed references. At Lee Botti and Associates, we offer credit, criminal, qualification, and industry-specific checks as well as a unique salary survey service.

Recruitment process and fee structure. As with reputation, how an agency conducts its business, the way in which they go about recruiting candidates, and how they earn their fees are all important parts in establishing and maintaining their reputation and success rate. Fee structures should be transparent and accessible and a recruitment company should have no problem in taking the time to explain these processes to you.

At Lee Botti and Associates, we have the experience, expertise, and reputation to ensure your business only receives the best recruitment support. While we specialise in supply chain, logistics, and travel recruitment, our expert team has a wide-ranging skill set and have been carefully trained to identify the right employees for the right positions, whether permanent or temporary. Looking for a new recruitment company? Look no further than Lee Botti and Associates – we believe in excellence through quality service!