You know that talent acquisition can be a lengthy and costly process, which is maybe why you’ve decided to go the recruitment route. While there are plenty of reasons firms should prioritize talent acquisition over simple recruitment, the fact of the matter is that sometimes, all you really need is recruitment.

You may also think that going with recruitment, rather than talent acquisition, gives you a strong argument for keeping this work in-house, rather than outsourcing. But there are plenty of reasons that firms should outsource recruiting, even if the process does seem simpler. Here are just a few reasons to consider outsourcing as an option.


One of the reasons you’ve decided to go the recruitment route is likely to save time. Maybe you need these positions filled quickly; perhaps there’s been a real pick-up in production, and you’re afraid you’ll miss the market if you don’t meet demands now. Or perhaps you have an assignment with a clear start and end date; you need someone for a special project or to cover while someone else is on an extended leave. Whatever the reason, you need positions filled and you need them filled now.

While recruitment can speed up the hiring process, moving to outsource recruiting activities can make the process even faster. How? You’re tapping into an established network that reaches further than your own, which means you’ll likely find more qualified candidates in short order.


No matter whether you’re engaged in talent acquisition or recruitment, both processes demand time and effort from your in-house HR staff. You’ll still need to do the footwork: posting job openings, reviewing candidates’ applications, selecting candidates, interviewing, and finally, hiring. If you’re already short-staffed, those activities can make a scarcely manageable task list overwhelming.

Instead of burdening your overworked staff with yet more things to do, outsource recruiting to alleviate time pressure in your HR department. With a team of dedicated experts who can help you manage the recruitment process from end to end, you’ll find that you’ll get the right people, sooner, and with less effort and stress on your part.


While the decision to outsource recruiting might not seem like a direct path to cost savings, most firms do see cost reductions when they outsource their recruiting activities. Why? Much like outsourcing saves you time, tapping into a network of experts with a wider web of connections will help you find more qualified candidates more quickly. That means you’ll spend less time searching for someone to fill a position—and that you can get back to the day-to-day operations of running your business sooner. The longer you spend looking for someone or trying on various candidates for “fit,” the higher your costs will be overall. Consider the costs of the candidate search and recruitment process itself; the less time you spend on this, the less it will cost you. Onboarding and training are also costly and time-consuming, so you want to make sure you get the right people the first time around. On top of that, you want to fill positions quickly, so that you’re not losing productivity or paying overtime or sick leave to stressed employees, just to keep your company moving.


You can certainly keep your recruitment activities in-house, but moving to outsource recruiting has one more major advantage: You’re more likely to get the right people. Since you have a team of recruitment experts at your fingertips, the screening process is likely to be more rigorous and controlled; they also have more time to review and interview candidates. Finally, these experts also have deep knowledge and a wider net of connections, which means you get more highly qualified candidates to choose from—which gives you a better chance of getting the right people into open jobs on the first try.

Bruce Powell

Bruce Powell