Partnering with the right recruitment consultancy will reap dividends; choosing the wrong one could cost you time, loss of potential top talent and missed opportunities.
So how do you get it right? Follow our guidelines below:
Limit your choice of partners
Experience tells us that the best results for clients in successfully securing their next career move is to limit their choice of recruitment partners to one or a maximum of two quality consultancies – especially in the asset finance and leasing niche.
This has the distinct advantage of ensuring you receive a coherent, uncomplicated and dedicated service.
Just as importantly, the embarrassment of receiving duplicate CVs and deciphering candidate ownership will be removed.
There won't be a requirement to brief multiple agencies for each new vacancy, and the whole recruitment process will be more streamlined and efficient.
You will no longer have to sift through a deluge of CVs from multiple sources.
You can build a productive and efficient recruiter partnership.
Fit for purpose
The key questions to consider when assessing which recruiter to partner with are listed below.
Most of this information can be obtained from the prospective recruiter’s website or articles in asset finance and leasing media, but there is no substitute for direct contact.
When you do make contact, always ensure that the recruiter is able to substantiate the answers to these questions fully.
Have they been recommended to you?
We pride ourselves on the feedback, testimonials and reviews received from our client base.
We hope that in reading some of these, you will get a sense of our capabilities, credibility, professionalism and trust.
The majority of our client base have approached us as a direct result of a recommendation.
See our client reviews.
Do they specialise in the markets you operate in, specifically asset finance and leasing?
Do they have a proven track record of recruiting for your vacancy discipline?
Our asset finance and leasing expertise means 'we understand your industry and speak your language'.
We have a deep understanding of the sector and are able to coherently and knowledgeably provide best in class recruitment services.
See our expertise.
Do they recruit for your type of organisation/industry niche?
We are privileged to partner with an impressive portfolio of clients from across the asset finance and leasing industry.
See our featured clients.
Do they have an established and diverse network of candidate contacts within the industry?
Our reputation for delivering success ensures that we keep building our contact base.
Our candidate base has grown organically through referrals, on and off-line media advertising, articles and press releases.
We have also completed the acquisition of a recruitment company database operating within the European asset finance and leasing industry as well as the acquisition of a leading banking and invoice finance recruitment company.
Our established and diverse network of industry contacts ensures we are best equipped to help with your search.
Do they operate across your geographic region?
Although based in the UK, our extensive international database coupled with our headhunting expertise has enabled us to complete assignments across a number of countries, giving our clients a performance edge in their international growth.
This proven capability to find the right talent for you across multi-regional locations clearly set us apart.
Successful placements have been made in the following 25 territories :
Europe: UK, Eire, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Rest of the world: Australia, China, India, Russia, South Africa and UAE.
See our why choose us?page
Are they consultative in their approach?
We understand that a truly consultative approach is the best way to meet our client needs.
By sharing our knowledge and expertise, we can confidently steer your search to ensure your resourcing objectives are fulfilled.
We make every effort to provide you with the best advice and support in seeking candidates.
We strive to understand your long-term recruitment objectives and help you to manage the process effectively.
We will only present you with relevant, credible candidates that match your specific requirements.
Are they willing to fully qualify your requirements?
We will invest the time to understand the critical aspects of your business, including your core values, culture, products, services and markets as well as appreciating the structure of the organisation.
We would also require a comprehensive vacancy brief, including a job description and person specification, plus the salary and benefits package.
Where needed, we will proactively help you to define or refine job descriptions, applying our knowledge of the industry and the potential supply of suitable candidates.
We will then establish the key and essential requirements for the role.
These will form our benchmark criteria for assessing candidates against.
See our client professional standards.
What comfort do they give you about client confidentiality?
Recruitment assignments require you to divulge highly sensitive information about your organisation.
To be effective, we require access to a wide range of information about your organisation’s structure, market and growth strategy.
We will treat any and all information you give with the utmost confidentiality and will disclose information to candidates with care and discretion.
In addition, should the search itself require confidentiality, we will take all reasonable steps to maintain that confidentiality.
Throughout each assignment, we commit to represent you professionally by protecting your reputation, upholding your values and respecting your organisational culture.
Furthermore, you can rest assured that we also treat candidate confidentiality with utmost importance by:
Obtaining their authorisation before submitting their CV to any recruiting organisation.
Advising the recruiting organisation about the need for confidentiality and discretion.
Ensuring we do not contact referees provided by candidates without their prior permission.
See our client professional standards.
What else can they do to add value?
We're proud to offer a range of value-added products and services to complement our core offering, tailored to bring you on-going business benefits.
These services complement and add value to our core recruitment offerings and are intended to partner your human resources function.
See our value-add services page.
Are they an established business?
Can they ensure continuity of service or are they effectively a sole proprietary type of business?
Having a team means we are able to provide continuity of service and seamless professionalism.
This is further evidenced by our ISO 9001 certification.
Achieving certification to this major quality standard is testament to the strategic framework we have in place to ensure our customers receive the best possible service.
New Leaf Search became the first recruitment agency operating exclusively in the asset finance and leasing sector to be awarded certification to the international quality standard.
Are they bound by a code of professional conduct?
New Leaf Search became the first recruitment agency operating exclusively in the asset finance and leasing sector to become a full member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
The REC represents the recruitment industry within the UK and mainland Europe, promoting standards, adherence to legislation and provides professional development through training and qualification.
Membership requires that our values reflect the REC guidelines for professionally managing a recruitment business.
We are duty-bound to adhere to the REC Code of Professional practice, ensuring our Clients and Candidates benefit from the highest levels of service delivery.
We believe it is important to participate actively in discussions regarding recruitment and employment issues and keep fully informed of current trends and legislation.
See our accreditations.
How do they ensure the highest level of service?
Our professional standards demonstrate our strong commitment to you in providing recruitment service excellence.
Additionally, thanks to our reputation for setting the highest standards and our dedication to service excellence, we have established ourselves as a quality-driven recruitment partner. This is illustrated by our accreditations.
Client and Candidate Surveys - We pride ourselves in our commitment to continually re-invent ourselves to ensure we bring you on-going value-added benefits that clearly set us apart.
In order to achieve this objective, we regularly and formally canvass constructive feedback on the service we offer from both our client and candidate community.
The feedback serves as the backbone for planning our future activity to best serve your needs.
What are their conversion ratios and what trends do they display?
We pride ourselves in our strong conversion ratios.
We measure 12 different ratios, including the percentage of jobs that result in offers and the percentage of interviews converted to offers.
Our Business performance trends will provide you with confidence in the knowledge that you are dealing with a successful, well-established company, striving to bring improved service and performance levels to you.
We are happy to discuss these with you in greater detail should you wish to make an enquiry.
See our facts and figures.
Will they bombard you with unsolicited or unqualified CVs?
Our consultative approach ensures that we prepare a fully qualified shortlist from which we will only submit those candidates that fully match the vacancy brief.
You will not be bombarded with unsolicited or unqualified CVs.
See our client professional standards.