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Untypical Recruitment

A flexible and affordable approach to recruitment

If you ask most people, there are really only two models for recruitment:

  • a recruitment agency
  • do-it-yourself recruitment

The biggest criticism we hear of recruitment agencies is that many - not all - are focused on one thing and one thing only. Making a sale. Sealing the deal.

They typically sell their services to bigger organisations at a really low margin which means that they will want to spend the minimum amount of time they can on each transaction. This often means that they will use automated systems, using keyword matching, to identify candidates and then send through a list of people who match the highest number of criteria. Many of their consultants are young and inexperienced, working for a low base salary and high commission which means they are even keener to use an automated solution rather than investing the necessary time and effort to understand their client's needs and to get to know the people who apply for the roles.

In fact, many of these businesses (and some of the corporates who are do-it-yourself recruiters) even have the temerity to ask the candidate to enter their data into the search data base for them.

And then, to top it all off, unless you are one of the big guys with high volumes of recruitment, they are going to charge you big dollars to provide their service - sometimes as much as 30% of starting salary.

We repeat - this is not all recruitment businesses but, unfortunately, a shadow is often cast over the really good ones by the "short cut" operators. 

And then there is the do-it-yourself model.

The big corporates often have their own internal recruitment teams but if you run a small to medium sized business, you don't have that luxury. Instead, the hiring manager has to develop the job advertisement, advertise it on one of the job boards (often under their own company name when they may wish for the role to be initially anonymous), receive and assess the applications, organise and conduct the interviews and then facilitate the offer.

All at a time when, by definition, they are either down one staff member or are so busy that they need to increase their numbers.

And that is where Untypical Recruitment comes to the rescue.

We are not a recruitment business - we are Untypical.

We will sit with our client and map out the recruitment process and will identify which steps they want us to do and which steps they want to do themselves. We have been known to do no more than write the job advertisement for a client. We can advertise the role under our Untypical brand allowing the client's name to stay out of the advertisement to start with. We can receive and perform an initial assessment of the applications. We can develop a short list. We can conduct or help facilitate interviews.

You see, our model is totally flexible. You do the bits you can. We do the bits that you can't or don't want to.

And as for cost - you can forget about an arbitrary percentage rate. Before we start, we will give you a quote for the steps that we are being asked to complete. That will be based on a sensible and affordable hourly or daily rate. 

Please get in touch to learn more about Untypical Recruitment. To schedule a no-obligation conversation, please visit our Calendar page to choose a suitable date and time.