Working with a staffing agency or recruiting firm is useful for both the employer that is looking to hire as well as the employee that is looking for a job. Staffing firms spend 100% of their time and resources focused on finding the best fit candidates for their clients’ vacant or hard-to-fill positions.
Recruiting agencies offer fast and effective staffing solutions with many cost advantages. Since staffing firms have a broad network of active and passive job seekers in a variety of specialized fields, they provide quick turnaround when companies need to fill an open position. They have qualified candidates readily available for temporary positions, which is helpful for providing immediate coverage or raising/reducing staff levels throughout the year. Staffing firms have established relationships with workers they’ve already identified as dependable, reliable and conscientious and who can fill a vacancy in a matter of days, or even hours. They offer a temp-to-hire options so that companies can try a candidate out in a position to make sure it’s a good fit for all before bringing them on to their payroll. Additionally, staffing agencies eliminate the time spent pouring over a stack of resumes to find the perfect candidate and will present the employer with a few qualified, well researched options that would be a good fit for your company culture. They typically offer a guarantee on their direct hire placements as well. Staffing agencies manage the entire employment process, relieve employers of costs related to pre-employment testing, background investigations and drug screening. In addition, employers save money related to the expense of payroll processing and benefits administration. Some agencies also offer skills testing so the company can have the peace of mind knowing that candidates that they are working with have been pre-screened on their requirements for the position.
Staffing agencies are an invaluable resource to job seekers as they offer access to a variety of temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire positions. They take the time to interview and understand candidates’ skills, experience and work preference. They will spend time speaking with you over the telephone and in person to gain a full picture of you so they can best highlight your strengths to potential employers. Recruiting firms assist their candidates with resume advice, interview preparation and candid feedback. They have strong working relationships with their clients and can provide you with insider information about the company, including company culture and benefits. Access to unlisted job opportunities is another very important reason why it can be beneficial to incorporate a trusted recruiter into your job search. Sometimes a company does not have job listings on their website and rely on an agency for their hires. Best of all, recruiting firms are a free resource to job seekers!
By partnering with a staffing agency, the hiring process is streamlined for both employers and employees alike.