These attitudes made the relationship essentially combative. Us versus them. Agency vs In-house, a Battle Royale! However, if the relationship is formed and fostered in the right way, with clarity and boundaries, I cannot see any reason why Agencies and Talent Acquisition should not be able to work together hand in hand. As we’ve seen in a lot of places during this Covid19 crisis, both are viewed as cost centres, which are expendable. So how can we improve the relationship to benefit the business? That is what it comes down to at the end of the day. How can we, as Talent Acquisition professionals, solve the business problem the lack of an appropriately skilled person (or people) raises, in a timely, cost effective way?
I have always believed that agencies are there to supplement your TA team. To help with hires that either:
a) you don’t have the expertise to find,
b) don’t have the networks to find or
c) just don’t have the time.