There are three compelling reasons to select a smaller boutique firm over a large firm, which are outlined below:
This is a key difference between large search firms and small ones. Large search firms often separate the functions of business development and recruiting. So the person that meets with you to establish a relationship, will then hand off your open role to a recruiter who doesn’t have the same intel into your business and culture as the person you met with. At a smaller firm the functions of business development and recruitment for the same client are almost always executed by the same consultant. You invest time building a rapport with someone, telling them about your business and its unique challenges, so wouldn’t that person be better equipped to find the right fit for your firm?
Relationships are everything in business. Without solid relationships built on trust and mutual respect, businesses would crumble. Boutique firms often are able to have a more personal approach to relationship building. Over time, the recruitment consultant you work with will get to know your business very well as they work with you on each new open role. At a boutique firm you will likely stay in contact with your recruitment consultant directly, and can reach them anytime for updates.
Smaller firms focus on building fewer, more valuable relationships by taking on a select number of clients. The objective of consultants at boutique firms is to be able to complete assignments as quickly as possible with the highest level of professionalism and quality. Larger firms have more costs to cover as they employ many more people, so they often focus on volume of work. The more work they have, the less time they are able to focus on each role.
So there you have it. Depending on your needs, a smaller sized boutique firm may be more appropriate. If you are looking to hire within the Hamilton, Burlington, Toronto areas, contact us at 905-537-6986 or Christine@key-recruit.ca.