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Why hiring is more painful than ever for Agencies – but doesn’t have to be

A former candidate of mine, now an MD, recently got in touch as he was wondering why, in three months of advertising an Associate Director role and working with a few preferred recruitment agencies, he had only received one CV worth considering. Sadly, the candidate turned out to be the wrong fit for the role – and he was no further along in what was proving to be a very painful hiring process.

Many of my candidates have ‘grown up’ with me, and this MD is the head of a mid-sized agency, which boasts a fast-growing, energetic team. He was puzzled at how working in this kind of environment could be so seemingly unappealing. 

I know he is not the only Agency MD facing this issue so here’s a summary of our meeting. Some of what we discussed might shed some light on why the hiring process has become such a headache for agencies – and how this pain can be resolved.

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