How To Choose The Right Recruitment Agency For Your Business

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                  You have one or more positions to fill within your business. You are thinking about using the expertise of a recruitment agency. Great! But how to select the perfect agency for your business. Luckily, we have created a handy guide for you which will surely help in your selection process. –        What’s the vacancy? –        Understanding different types of agencies –        Benefits of keeping it local? –        Is price a factor in your selection process? Let’s look at each question in more detail … What’s The Vacancy? So, first things first: what is the position you are wanting to fill? Is it an established role with an existing history and clear job description? Is it a brand-new role for your business where you may need some help in creating the job duties and how it will interact with the rest of your team? The answer will be a key factor in narrowing down which recruitment agency you will decide to work with. It’s important to understand that an agency can be so much more than just a platform for you to advertise your role and schedule interviews. An expert agency with the right team of trained professionals will take the time to understand your business, your culture and the existing team of employees. This is necessary so that the right candidates can be selected for interviews, making sure that they could be a good fit academically, professionally and characteristically. Understanding Different Types Of Recruitment Agencies                 There are many different recruitment agencies out there, from the ones that specialise in temporary or permanent positions, to high-street agencies who work on volume and industry specialist agencies who consider themselves experts in certain fields i.e. manufacturing, engineering, teaching. If you are looking for a particular skill in an industry, then a specialist agency would have the upper-hand in understanding the role and could potentially already have a pool of candidates registered with them who are looking for a new opportunity. On the other hand, if you are looking to fill a temporary position quickly, then a temp-agency may be the best suited to assist. However, a well-established recruitment agency may be able to assist with a variety of positions, so its important to speak with them and get to know how they work. Do You Want To Keep It Local? Usually, local businesses will tend to prefer working with local recruitment agencies, taking advantage of their understanding of the area and their existing registered candidates. Also, a ‘good’ agency will take the time to interview the interested candidates themselves before passing them on as a potential for the vacancy. This would be hard to do face-to-face if the agency was based elsewhere in the country. Other types of businesses who work on a national scale and have perhaps field agents remotely based, may well use an agency outside of their local area if they demonstrate expertise in the field and understanding of what’s required. We would always recommend speaking to your local agencies first and get a clear understanding of what’s on offer in your county. You then have the option to extend your search if required. Is Price A Factor In Your Decision Making?                 The conversation about the introduction fee may be a factor at some point during your selection process. It is recommended this is agreed before you authorise the agency to work on your behalf. Some agencies will be willing to move on price ‘just to get the business in’! We recommend that you check the rebate period and payment terms thoroughly before signing. It all comes down to the level of service you want to receive from an agency. What is it worth to you? If you are happy to be sent lots of CV’s, that haven’t been screened or interviewed then you should be paying less, or even only paying for an advert campaign. This agency is only collecting CV’s for you and you will be holding the first and second stage interviews, offer and negotiation. This is great for an experienced hiring manager with a little time on their hands. However if you are time short, have little experience or have had your confidence knocked, then select a recruitment consultancy rather than agency. They will guide you through the process, ensuring your brief and advert is compliant to 360 feedback and offer to candidate. Use their first interview to brief you on what you should be digging a little deeper on with that candidate. We always say that if an agency has done their job right, then the price factor is of little importance when thinking about the long-term advantages the right candidate will provide to your business.

Social Media – How it can work for, and against your career

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In this day and age almost everyone is actively on at least one social media platform. This means that potential employers have access to your profile and anything you like or share before they have even met you! It is more important than ever to be cautions about the way you come across online, but it doesn’t mean you cant use your profile to expand and help your career.    

Temporary Staff – the solution you could be looking for

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Temporary staff can be a great solution to your employment needs and goals. There are many benefits to temp staff, some you may not have even thought of. If you think some of the points below fit with your business we could help! Call us on 01254 271024 or email on

Dealing with rejection

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Being rejected from a job is not always the worst thing that can happen. Although it is disappointing we have some helpful ways you can turn the situation around and use it to your advantage.

Mental Health Awareness at Work

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  If you feel like you need to talk to someone or seek help  here are some numbers and websites that may be useful  – – 0300 123 3393 – 03444 775 774 – 0800 58 58 58 – 116 123

CV Advice to help you achieve your goal!

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Your CV is the first thing your potential employer sees, and the first step to securing you a new job. It is vital to make the right impression and make yourself stand out from the crowd. It is the tool to sell yourself and we have a few tips to help you maximise your potential.

Downtown in Business Awards 2019

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On Thursday 20th June Laura, Aysha and Tisa attended the 11th annual Downtown In Business Lancashire Business Awards. This year Laura Hartley Recruitment Ltd won Recruitment Company of the Year for the 3rd time, presented by Sam Whitear. The event which took place at Stanley House Hotel was attended by businesses from all over Lancashire. The event was sponsored by Liverpool Airport and guests were treated to a delicious three course meal and entertainment from Pure Paloma. Well done to all the other winners on the night: Sam Whitear Business Lancashire, Victoria O’Connor from Reed, Anastasia Kenyon from Kandi Cosmetics, Fresh Perspective Resourcing Ltd, Loredana Emmerson from Coolkit Ltd., Sales Geek, Media Village, Rebecca Jane from PH7 Wellbeing Centre, Lantei Compliance, Harrison Drury Solicitors, Champion Accountants, Natwest, Eric Wright Group, Everything Tech, 1842 Restaurant and Bar, The Villa Wrea Green, Neil Welsh from PM+M Accountants, Seafood Pub Company, Lancashire Business View and Conlon Construction.

IOD Event – Diversity in the Board Room, 21st February 2019, Burnley, 8.30am – 11.30am

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In support of recently published data, this fantastic IOD event will explore why it is essential to encourage diversity in the boardroom. Our fantastic panel of speakers will share their personal and professional stories on the topic and provide key ‘takeaways’ for attendees. Please contact Deborah at the office on 01254 271024 for a free ticket to this not to be missed event.