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I've come to a stage where I feel that I have taken my eye off the ball and now, looking to January, know that I can't cope with the workload. Time for action. 

I am dead against recruitment agent mainly due to the extortionate cost for what I perceive is little work on better part. Perhaps they think the same of us. 

That aside, I am here to ask the following questions:

1. Of the online sites, Monster, Indeed and Reed, and any others, what have worked for you?

2. Have you had any luck recruiting via AWeb?

3. Are there compelling reasons to use a recruiter?

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03rd Oct 2017 09:46

Most of my team have come via recommendations and Facebook posts. If you are looking for Part or fully qualified you might need to pay a recruiter if you don't have a social group of former colleagues you can dip into

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03rd Oct 2017 09:47

We used Reed and got about 3 decent candidates for a cost of about £200 I would probably try them again first if we needed anyone else.

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03rd Oct 2017 12:27

Indeed was free and absolutely useless for me, I recevied about 100 CVs from people that didnt even meet the basic criteria I listed. Turns out people cant claim their benefits unless they are seen to be proactive in their job search and theyre advised to use Indeed apparently....

Reed for a couple of hundred quid was excellent, found a great member of staff who is still with us. Only downside is that its linked to Reed Recruitment so you get hassled from a sewer rat!

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By ms998
03rd Oct 2017 12:31

If you were looking for a job where would you put a CV? I suspect many qualified people look at job adverts in trade press (eg taxation) / recruiters. I personally would never use Reed/Monster etc.

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03rd Oct 2017 13:38

I was looking for a part qualified staff member and tried both Indeed and Reed. On Indeed got flooded with people, most of whom didn't fit the criteria.

Had better CVs on Reed, but still mostly people who were either serial job hoppers, or who had applied for everything in the area and didn't remember who I was!

Ended up going with an agency who I paid £4k for a £20k a year staff member. My eyes watered at the time, but now I think it was worth every penny as he's turned out great.

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By Maslins
03rd Oct 2017 14:27

We've used Indeed for our last 2-3 hires. Whilst I partly agree with the sentiments of some above that we did receive a lot of dross applications who clearly didn't bother to read the criteria, we got plenty of decent ones too.

Normally have the advert up for less than a week, get 20-30 applications, where we can easily find 4 good enough to call for interview, leading to one job.

I appreciate there's an argument that by leaving it up a short time you may miss lots of good potential candidates who just didn't check/were on holiday that week, but leaving open longer just means more rubbish applications too!

Plus, it's free...

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03rd Oct 2017 18:07

Duplicate

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03rd Oct 2017 15:17

Please don't say "hire" when referring to recruitment. An awful Americanism. You hire a car; you recruit staff.

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03rd Oct 2017 15:45

I have found Reed quite good for part qual staff and below, but anything more senior you probably have to get your wallet out.

Certainly worth a punt for £200 or so.

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03rd Oct 2017 16:01

1. You make an investment with an uncertain outcome
2. With the death of the Opportunities section it is much more difficult. With the exception of our honourable member Donald Trump's Wig, your pseudonym might make potential candidates worry about you being a serious or even genuine employer.
3. No win, No fee

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03rd Oct 2017 16:04

What about this forum? You can get to know someone (or their pseudonym!) - warts and wares.

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to Tax Dragon
03rd Oct 2017 16:08

Would you?

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to andy.partridge
03rd Oct 2017 16:24

Well, you strike me as someone with integrity and high professional standards. You seem to know accountancy; I have drawn no conclusions re tax.

You could of course be faking the high standards (you spend way too much time in here, for starters!), but you can't fake the knowledge. Not on a sustained basis.

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to Tax Dragon
03rd Oct 2017 16:42

I didn't mean me. Even I wouldn't recruit me.

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to andy.partridge
03rd Oct 2017 17:57

Heh, I wouldn't work for me either.

Even though I do, as I talk about the boss me in a third person to the normal me. That me is a git. The other me doesnt like him, but to be fair, he ensures we pay the bills and have money for nice shiny things.

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04th Oct 2017 14:40

I've had some luck with Adzuna, and you can post your opening for free on their site - https://www.adzuna.co.uk/jobs/post-an-ad/

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05th Oct 2017 15:54

michaelbeaver wrote:

Ended up going with an agency who I paid £4k for a £20k a year staff member. My eyes watered at the time, but now I think it was worth every penny as he's turned out great.

A rental agency client paid a recruiting firm in their office block a similarly large fee for a property negotiator they'd vetted and recommended. They liked their new recruit, but couldn't help noticing he would disappear off the radar for an hour here and there whilst out and about on viewings. It took a few weeks for them to twig that he couldn't read or write, so every time he let a property he'd have to take the paperwork home for his wife to complete.

The recruitment agency refused to refund the fee, and to rub salt in the wound our client had their offices raided shortly after dismissing him.

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By lme
06th Oct 2017 10:10

Yes. I got loads of good candidates from a posting on Accounting web. It might have helped that I offered flexible working form home (our systems are cloud based) but I saw four people that I happily would have hired and my recruit is still with me and it is working very well, several years now.

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By ASF
06th Oct 2017 10:46

Have used all of those mentioned. Reed is a source of candidates to recruiters themselves, so would hope they are good. All have worked, depending on how focused and specific the expertise needed is. Can use LinkedIn job feature to advertise nowadays ad is good. Have used both as a recruiter and candidate. Many Job Board "Consolidators" around now, that are cheap and post across Multiple boards (incl. those you mention. They have worked for us in the past. No need to use recruiters if costs are the issue. Good luck!

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06th Oct 2017 14:57

Try word of mouth or asking other accountants in the area if they know of anyone.
Local Commumity radio.
Newspaper/internet advert

Let us know how you got on.

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