Not Every Recruitment Agency is Right For You
TechWaves are currently in the process of re-branding. When we first started out, we just needed a website up and ready quickly and a logo made to ensure we had a name from day one with clients we were working with. Little did I know that majority of my audience is working from a mobile and you can not get past the home page (Doh!). Rookie mistake!
Fast forward to nearly a year later and we are now looking to re-brand to improve our voice and services, and our website. We worked with our clients and asked them questions to get a real insight into what they thought of our services to date. I can tell you - it was positive (Phew!).
Have you tried to find someone you can partner with well? Did you find it hard? I will be honest, I found it so difficult because it was my business, it was what others from the outside would see before they even spoke with me.
It is so important to find someone you work well with. Yes I mean WITH.
Trying to find an agency to help support my vision for the company and website design was tough and stressful. I spoke with over 15 agencies as well as trying to do my day job. But it was important to me and I had to get it right first time, so I set time out in my diary to do it.
Like recruitment, there are so many agencies out there and you assume they all will do the same job. WRONG!
They don't, and if you choose the wrong one, it will cost you a fortune when you have to get someone in to do a better job. Double the cost for one job - a bit like Recruitment. You know when you place someone in the business and they aren't actually a good fit because short cuts were taken during the hiring process.
My brand is so important! It was necessary that I found someone who had the same values as me as a person and as a business:
1) Understands my business and what I wanted without really telling them
2) Being honest about what they could do with examples of work
3) Provides a detailed proposal (I am all about the detail)
Not asking for a lot right? Only ONE, yes that's right, ONE company got it right.
I say company but he is a one man band, you know the type some companies try and steer away from. If they haven't got hundreds of employees, how on earth could they support me?
Let me think...I don't know, maybe their work experience is a start, their tenacity and their knowledge and basically being damn good at what they do.
If I had not had a conversation with him and carried out my research I probably would not have picked up the phone. (He was also recommended to me, but so were the other 15 agencies)
It's really taking time to understand what my business does and why I do what I do and getting this across to my audience. We spoke when it was convenient for us both as I wanted to give this my full attention. After all, if I thinking of giving him my hard earned cash, why wouldn't I take the time to give him my full attention.
Like Recruitment, I like to really understand the business and what they want, not 'BAM! Heres a CV that looks right' from our 5 minute conversation. A bit like those agencies who said they would go straight into working on the Logo without any concept behind it, no strategy, nothing.
That is why with some clients I will say no. If they can not spend time with me on the phone/via skype/or onsite to discuss the requirements (or indeed if we are a good fit for what they want) I say no.
If they want 'BAM! Heres some CV's who could do the job' based on a job title a quick conversation- not me my friend, not me!
If you want a job done to a high standard, you find someone who is willing to put the time and effort in to understand what you want and is not afraid to question you about what it is you want. After all, not everyone is a recruiter and you have to be guided through the process, no matter how many times you have done it.
If you want to take a look at our current website and have a laugh (which most of you have probably done knowing you can not get past the first page on a mobile)- go ahead - www.techwavesrecruitment.com