The Remote Recruitment Agency – How to go the Distance by Working Apart

August 24, 2020 8:26 pm Published by

We’re in the business of making human connections. So is it possible to contemplate starting a remote recruitment agency? If you’re thinking of setting up your own remote recruitment business, this may have crossed your mind. So let’s explore what that would look like.

Okay, so you could work from a Caribbean island one week and from a cute little cafe in Rome the next. But the reality might also involve working from your bedroom with a laptop propped precariously on your duvet and a cat trying to lie across your keyboard.

Either way, it’s appealing not being tied to an expensive office space every day and being able to wear your slippers to work. Being your own boss gives you this opportunity. But there’s a difference between only being responsible for yourself and growing a remote agency with other employees in other locations. So let’s see how your remote business dream can work in reality.

Will your new team work best remotely?

If you want to bring in a team of recruiters to work for you, think about the skills they have and whether they’re suited to it.

Some recruiters are natural team players and need to bounce ideas around. And if you’re taking on trainees and people new to the industry – they probably need direct hands-on guidance from you before they can work without supervision. It’s tricky answering a constant stream of questions remotely.

So experienced recruiters may be a better fit. Those with a proven ability to use their initiative and work without supervision. People who maybe have family ties, live further afield or have hobbies or interests where home working would really suit them.

Make sure you take this into consideration at the interview stage.

Can you give them the equipment they need?

You’ll need secure systems and the right digital tools to make this work. It’s worth considering providing key equipment like a laptop, phone, and even a desk and chair to make sure they have what they need to do their job. Make sure you establish clear channels of communication.

How will they get to know each other?

The advantage of a remote agency is you’ll be able to take on people from across the country or even around the world. But they’ll miss out on the organised social events and those casual coffee breaks and water-cooler moments that many recruiters love.

So think about how you can help your employees communicate, work together, and bond with each other. Make sure you plan a get together for everyone at least once a year (preferably more) so they get the chance to meet in person and feel part of a bigger team.

What are the house rules?

You need to set clear guidelines outlining your work policies. What are the hours? Will they need to be always at their desk and available at certain times?

And don’t forget to draw up policies on health and safety and get the right insurance in place too.

You must have in place a plan to monitor performance and make sure quality is consistent and standards don’t slip over time.

How good is their internet speed?

Everyone on your remote working team needs to have a stable, high-speed internet connection. Don’t forget to check this before they sign on the dotted line.

Is it worth it?

Plenty of remote working recruitment agencies have made a success of this. But that’s not to say it’s the right path for you. I would say that if 2020 has taught us nothing, it’s that being prepared to put in measures for remote working options is a good idea.


Jason Connolly set up JMC Legal Recruitment in 2016 when he was still in his 20s. JMC Legal quickly established itself as one of the big players in the industry, and Jason has also become a well-known fixture in the press, offering advice and support.

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