Ah, the CV vending machine. The one thing that deserves a damned good kicking when it fails to deliver the goods; and it DOES fail – time after time after time.
If you’ve ever had to hire for a vacancy, you’ll be horribly familiar with the CV vending machine. Multiple recruitment agencies will contact you, all claiming that they are the ones to find you the perfect candidate, for the lowest price, with the best service, yadda, yadda, yadda…
You go against your better nature and accept their offer and the CVs come flooding in from all angles – great! Well, it would be great if any of them were actually any good. In reality, this flood of CVs is from people who have obviously never worked in that sector you’re hiring for; from people who have previously worked for you and left under a cloud. You’ll receive CVs that look as though they’ve been written by somebody who eats crayons; You’ll have CVs from people who have delusions of grandeur and are applying for a position way above their pay grade, and then there’s the CVs that need a roll of wallpaper to fit it all on yet somehow fail to tell you a single thing of interest about the candidate.
And then it’s up to YOU to wade through this deluge of crap and find the diamond in the rough. Hurrah said no-one, ever.
And the worst thing? The thing that really twists the knife in and breaks it off at the hilt? You’ll get multiple duplicates of these non-starters. Double the work for no gain.
Do you know why that happens? It’s because the agencies all search in the same places; it’s because the agencies don’t talk to each other; but mostly, it’s because the consultants are all under pressure to hit their targets, regardless of candidate quality or relevance. That is why you get the deluge of crap instead of exceptional people.
The crazy thing is you don’t have to do any of this. You shouldn’t have to be slamming your fists against the CV vending machine at 2 am, swearing and cursing because your product got stuck between the racks and the glass. You just need to shop smarter.
You do that by bypassing the multiple recruitment firm approach and just using Mercury Hampton to actively headhunt for your candidates instead. You get a dedicated consultant who goes looking for your candidates instead of dredging the same ponds as everyone else. The other massive plus in this approach is that WE sift through the candidates before passing them over to you. That way, all the crayon-eaters are filtered out before the all-important interviewing stage, which means you only see the very best candidates, saving you tons of valuable time.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
So, the next time a recruiter with the CV vending machine business model approaches you to work with them, tell them to jog on because you’ve already done your shopping, thank you very much. Come to Mercury Hampton for a focussed, professional approach and your days of kicking the CV vending machine and keeping your fingers crossed for a result will be over.