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  • Writer's pictureLindi Engelbrecht

The Benefits of Using a Specialist Talent Advisory to Find Talent & stay ahead of your competition!


Businesses work with a talent specialist to save time and money on talent acquisition. However, sectors with competitive labor markets and specialist skill requirements, such as Finance or Audit, will benefit from using a specialist talent partner.

Securing exceptional talent can be a slow and costly process but outsourcing this to a specialist recruiter can lead to fast hires, cost savings, and improvements in staff turnover. There is a plethora of benefits to working with a specialist recruiter to find candidates and make smart hires.


When you’re hiring, finding the right candidate for a job role can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Two thirds (65%) of employers globally have reported losing their preferred candidate due to an overly lengthy hiring process. So, to make the process more efficient, and less taxing (and to ensure you’re not missing out on the best candidates), why not turn to the expertise of a specialist Talent Advisory like DIGGER to make life easier?

From exciting new start-ups looking to grow at speed to large enterprises wanting additional support for their internal hiring teams - we’re scaling businesses of every size.


What is a specialist Talent Advisor?

A Talent specialist focuses on sourcing talent within a certain industry, niche, or specific skill, such as knowledge of ACL. Talent specialists are also useful for industries which require some technical knowledge of job requirements and qualifications needed, for example the pharma and supply chain sectors.

They may also have deep knowledge of a local area and will know where to identify crossover talent from other industries. Specialist talent advisors can also pull on their niche expertise to provide guidance on market trends such as salary expectations, desirable skill sets, new technologies, and employee expectations. This has been achieved through years of building relationships and researching candidates – incredibly valuable knowledge to tap into.


1. Access to the best talent

When carrying out a search yourself, how do you really know you’re finding the best talent? In truth, it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. But partnering with a specialist talent advisory will instantly resolve this issue.

When you partner with talent experts like us, you gain access to an engaged niche community of potential candidates, including passive talent nurtured over a period of months, sometimes even years through market mapping, networking and headhunting. We’ll ensure you get qualified individuals who are ready and willing to join your business. Thanks to our expansive Community of Audit and Finance professionals, we have relationships with your target candidate base and will connect you with top talent much faster than if you were searching on your own.


2. develop your candidate brief

If you know a new role is required but are not quite sure how to place it, specialist talent advisors can use their market and competitor knowledge to help you develop roles and candidate briefs from scratch. Talent Specialists will have knowledge of the intricacies of how your sector functions and will be able to speak your ‘language’.

Talent Specialists recognize the challenges which affect your industry and will be able to help you develop a candidate brief and employer value proposition which can attract high quality candidates. They will have ideas and solutions around your recruitment process which are worth listening to and are informed by deep expertise.


3. Cultural fit

Ever found an employee that ticked all the boxes at the interview, but didn’t work out long term? It’s probably to do with cultural fit (or a lack of!).

88% of employees believe a distinct workplace culture is vital to business success. So, when you partner with a specialist advisory, we’ll work hard to create and promote a culture that works for your business and its objectives.

We spend time getting to know you, and specifically at DIGGER, we have many return clients who we’re proud to have worked with for years.

The result? We know our clients inside and out. An impressive 86% of our permanent placements made in 2020 are still with the same company 2 or 3 years later. And that’s because we understand your objectives, goals, and importantly… your culture. We’ll understand whether a candidate, regardless of experience and qualifications, has the potential to stay with your organisation for the long-haul.


4. Experience and knowledge

Did you know that at DIGGER we’re are filling niche, hard-to-fill permanent roles within 26 days on average? When you partner with a specialist Talent Advisory, you’re not only gaining market expertise, but saving time too.

We know recruitment and our talent specialists are deeply imbedded within their dedicated sectors with strong networks of candidates. That means you can be sure of recruitment and legal best practice and will be advised on market trends and industry shifts. You’ll also get information on salaries and benefits packages, along with recommendations for helping you attract and retain quality candidates for your organisation.


5. Stand out from the competition

Do you want to attract more applicants quickly? The secret’s in strengthening your brand. Consider that strong brands attract 50% more applicants. And when you team up with an talent advisory like DIGGER, we’ll promote you as an employer or choice and become your greatest cheerleaders! We become your Brand Ambassadors in the market.

We’ll actively take your business to market, position you precisely where you need to be, endorse your brand and shout about the many benefits of joining your company.

We understand how employment markets work and focus on finding people based on your specific brief. From skillsets, experience levels to cultural fit and diversity requirements - agencies do this kind of work for clients daily, and we’ll help you to achieve your goals.

Leave everything to us: from advertising, providing guidance on the recruitment process, to market trends, salaries, etc.; we’re on it.


6. Save time and money

Stats show that companies will spend an average of 30-hours hiring and onboarding a new staff member. That’s a lot of time away from your daily tasks. Yes, there will be an outlay for working with a talent advisory, but the cost of our expertise will save you time and money in the long run.

Remember that recruiters come with built-in candidate sourcing abilities that access the best available resources quickly and efficiently. We’ll help you reduce the cost associated with interviewing candidates yourself or investing in recruitment software.

Do you want to win back valuable time to concentrate on your day job? Working with talent experts takes the worry out of using up resources on hiring yourself.

7. Vetting and screening services

Have you ever worried about the legitimacy of candidates? Over 55% of South Africans admit to having lied on their resume.

Why not use a talent advisory for peace of mind you’re employing credible people who are who they say they are? Our candidates are fully vetted – from basic ID and Criminal checks, to qualification, and reference checks - everything’s taken care of, so you can be confident in the individuals you’re hiring.

We’ll also carry out initial screening interviews, so you know you’re only meeting with suitable candidates with the experience, qualifications, and ambitions you need.


8. Avoid bad hires

Hiring the wrong candidate for a role can be expensive; specialist talent advisors will spend extra time and effort on ensuring a hire is not only suitable for the role but a cultural fit. Bad hires are avoided by talent specialist via methods such as consulting on your job brief, benchmarking salary offers, to screening candidates throughout the process. The cost of a bad hire can be even worse than employers first anticipate, with demotivation and poor work performance often proving contagious; and high staff turnover lowering productivity and morale.

Using a specialist means access to new and modern searching and hiring methods, such as data collection and analysis via psychometric tests and video interview screening. Candidate assessments based on psychometric or situational tests are used to measure softer skills such as emotional intelligence and attitudes towards certain aspects of the workplace.

9. Negotiation skills

Do you hate trying to bargain for the best deal? Negotiation can be not only difficult, but long-winded and involve a lot of toing and froing. But one of a recruiter’s many skills include negotiation, which means we’ll take away both the time and hassle it takes to ensure you and your candidate reach agreeable employment rates and terms.

Reduce the risk of your ideal candidate walking away by letting us strike the final deal. We’ll work closely with you to ensure you’re getting the best outcome for your business. And, if you’re working with us on an exclusive basis, we reciprocate that commitment and won’t put our candidates out for multiple roles to ensure less salary competition at the end of the process.

10. Post-hire Nurture Strategy

Most recruiting agencies offer follow-up services after successful placements. Some of the assistance we provide our clients includes help with onboarding, ongoing check-ins with candidates, and continuous care to ensure a smooth transition for all new employees and employers.

We also work with lots of clients on a continuous basis, helping them to stay ahead of the game with industry updates and recruitment trends, benchmarking, salary surveys and more. We even partner with clients to help them achieve long-term hiring goals, improve culture and benefits packages, diversity, and inclusion targets, and advise on how they can continue to attract and retain top talent for many years to come.

With all these advantages taken into consideration, it’s easy to see why using talent advisories makes good business sense for many companies. Interested to learn how working with DIGGER could help your business to grow? Contact us to chat about your plans.


Who are we: DIGGER is a Niched Talent marketplace where we connect Audit & CA Professionals to great career opportunities and to each other in a thriving community.


Our Vision: To create a scalable solution for connecting highly skilled, diverse talent within high demand Technical careers.


Our Ambition: To see an explosion of Talent that will contribute positively, not just to Africa’s digital economy, but to a global society. We are building a community of the most extraordinary doers in the world. To start from Africa and expand globally.

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