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Specialist Recruitment: Why a Boutique Agency Makes All the Difference

Sharon Koifman
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As new specialties emerge, and skillsets become more refined, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to fill IT positions, with 65% of recruiters claiming talent shortage as their biggest threat to hiring and human resource management.

Nowadays, we’re sure you don’t have the time (or the patience) to go through recruitment processes and interview thousands of applicants who might meet their criteria. At the end of the day, time is money.

That’s why recruitment agencies are so beneficial to small and medium companies. However, just as no two job applicants are the same, you’ll find that some recruitment agencies are more effective than others.

In most circumstances, when you begin to search for the answer to your staffing problems, the obvious place to start is with the biggest brand names. You know – those omnipresent providers you’re always hearing about (aka Randstad, Adecco, Aerotek). They seem to etch their way into your brain. But that doesn’t make them the best choice. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why boutique recruitment agencies such as DistantJob might be better for your business and your future.

After all, it’s not the size that counts, it’s what you do with it…so let’s dive into what are the benefits of choosing a boutique recruiter agency.

What Is A Boutique Recruitment Agency?

A boutique recruitment agency is a small recruitment agency that is focused on finding candidates for only a few sectors or positions.

Smaller recruiters can work in different ways and have their own unique specialisms. Some focus on C-level, while others only recruit tech talent. To toot our own horn a little, we’re a boutique agency that specializes in hiring remote technical staff, particularly developers. We really understand what makes for a great developer, because we spend all day talking to them for more than a decade.

What Differentiates “Boutique” Recruitment Agencies?

In 2018, 72% of employers manifested difficulty in finding qualified candidates for the positions they needed to fill. This is often associated with a talent shortage (67% of recruiters attribute this to an increasing talent shortage), but the reason why finding great talent is so challenging is that using human resource recruitment often doesn’t work. Especially when the niche is specific, like tech, traditional recruiters are not the best option.

The limitations of traditional hiring can be a hassle.

This is where boutique recruitment companies are showing their true value. Boutique firms apply individual methodologies to the recruitment process, tailoring it to each individual client, and role available. They thrive on getting to know their clients inside and out, understanding their business, and culture, for a hiring fit that not only reflects key talents and skills but also cultural drive. According to a Deloitte study, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe that cultural fit is crucial to any hire. 

At DistantJob for example, we combine global recruitment with expert management of remote teams, providing the client with access to top talent in their field, without the burden of managing a remote workforce. You get the option to scale up or down quickly and easily, without the need for lengthy hiring and onboarding processes.

With a specialized boutique agency like us, the full recruitment process is less diluted by the presence of inexperienced staff, or panicked hives of busy workers, which can occur in larger agencies. The boutique nature of the company creates a more intimate, attentive experience, leading to a greater chance of finding the best talent in a competitive market. That means that you get the perfect fit.

Advantages of Choosing a Boutique Staffing Firm

Besides the fact that “boutique” recruitment agencies just sound classier than their traditional counterparts, there are plenty of reasons to consider going this route with your employment needs. For instance, LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends report for 2020 found that 96% of talent professionals consider “experience”, to be the key priority in their company.

That makes sense, after all, if you wanted just “any” recruit, you could simply accept the first person to drop a resume at your door, or work with the cheapest recruiting companies around. You don’t want the average employee – you want the creme de la creme of professionals.

Because boutique recruitment agencies can dive a little deeper into the previously untouched parts of employment, looking beyond recruiting websites and forms, into remote people with new and advanced skills, they give you a greater spread of talent to choose from. In other words, rather than being a company that must compete for the attention of a few key industry players, you get your choice of a veritable dessert tray of ideal candidates.

In a world where the most important recruitment trends will focus on culture (according to Glassdoor) and diversity, it’s easy to see that boutique agencies reign supreme. Let’s take a look at just four of the key advantages these experts have to offer:

1. Bespoke service

77% of professionals consider culture to be crucial to their employment practices. That means when you’re looking for an effective fit in your candidate selection, you need a recruitment manager that looks at more than just the “education” part of a resume. Boutique agencies combine long-term business plans for their clients, with the long-term career goals of applicants, to create a match made in heaven. Think of it this way, it’s the difference between going on a blind date, and planning a romantic evening with someone who ticks all of your romantic boxes.

2. Specialist experience

Many companies assume that a larger recruitment agency will have more experience with different types of candidates, sectors, and industries. But that isn’t always the case. If you’re looking for workers in the space of technology and design, for instance, you might find that working with a boutique recruitment agency gives you access to skills and understandings that you couldn’t get elsewhere. Consultants in boutique recruiting process agencies like DistantJob know how to source the best talent for the right sectors, by joining the various intricate parts of recruitment together.

3. A Streamlined Process

While more employees might seem like the best way to get jobs done faster – the truth is that larger recruitment agencies frequently suffer from panicked staff running around like headless chickens. A lack of internal communication often leads to disjointed processes, which means that applications and projects are bounced around from one department to the next. Even when you have great tools at your disposal, Human Resources recruitment processes are complex and time-consuming. It’s no wonder that the average time it takes to fill a position with a large agency is 42 days.

Alternatively, a boutique recruitment process gives you the benefit of a single point of contact, and a more focused collection of experts. The connection with the recruiters is closer than in larger companies, and this means more understanding of what you need. With all this, recruitment processes can be completed more efficiently, without you constantly having to wait weeks for an update.

4. Reaching the Unreachable

Finally, boutique employment agencies will often be willing to consider and seek out candidates that other recruitment agencies or traditional job sites would be unwilling to address. One of the biggest benefits of working with a specialist recruiter is that they can penetrate passive markets and discover the candidate that fits your role perfectly. These are the people that really go above and beyond, after all – you deserve the best, right?

Millions of job seekers can apply for jobs through one click thanks to the internet. While this may sound great, most of them probably don’t match the job description. This quantity of applicants is overwhelming. Specialized niches need trained recruiters that bring the right candidates.

Boutique agencies know where to find the best talent. They don’t just analyze resumes, they headhunt, which means they have lists of pre-analyzed candidates they actively search for. This way, the hiring process is much faster.

That also means that you can bypass the HR management restrictions on things like location, and even look into remote jobs, and telecommute opportunities that might allow you to take the talent from other competitors in your industry.

This basically helps you find better people faster, as I explain in this video:

Say Yes to Boutique

At DistantJob, we believe in the power of boutique agencies. It’s easy for us to take a look at our incredible candidates and countless success stories and say “Hey, this really works”, but you need to see the results yourself.

Up to the year 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that 9.8 million jobs are likely to be added to the U.S. alone. One of the highest-growing industries anywhere on earth is the sector involving technology and online development. As the digital age continues to blossom, more companies are seeking specific talent from expert recruiters that can help them to own their place on the web.

With that in mind, the organizations that may benefit most from boutique assistance, are likely to be those that need to move beyond the traditional job search and find applicants that fit with the versatile, flexible, and highly-skilled environment of the modern-day. The average IT recruiting firm might not cut it, but a boutique recruitment agency can help you find the diamonds in the rough for your industry.

Don’t be the average “boring” company (and by that, we don’t mean Elon Musk’s company, you definitely want to be like that). Now’s your chance to show that you’re something different, and special, without having to invest in crazy marketing schemes. It’s no secret that quality talent is growing harder to find, and boutique specialists could give you the guidance you need to find the ideal skill-set– wherever it might be.

Whether your business is big, or small, the unique advantages of a boutique recruitment agency could mean that you access talent pools no other company can dip their toe in. After all, in today’s climate, the need for efficiency, flexibility, and agility is paramount – and boutique firms have those features by the bucket-load.

Discover the true value that a boutique recruitment agency can offer you today with DistantJob. Get in touch with us today online or visit us at our Montreal office, and we’ll send you the right candidate for your business in less than 2 weeks.

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