As a busy hiring manager, you might have 50 things on your plate in addition to filling several vacant positions. Add to that the fact that some of those positions might require very technical skill sets outside your comfort zone, and you need help. Enter the staffing agency.
Still not convinced? Here are nine reasons why partnering with a professional staffing agency is in your best interest:
Targeted pool of applicants.
As a hiring manager, you may have a list of previous job applicants to draw from, but it’s unlikely your network—no matter how large—rivals that of a professional staffing agency. Insight Global, for example, can tap into a database of more than 200,000 proven candidates from across 51 offices nationwide. A large network is half the battle, however. These candidates have been vetted with references and job histories already on file, meaning they have been screened long before their profiles hit your inbox. When that person enters your office, they’re not just a good fit, but immediately hirable.
Tried and true.
Anyone can look great on paper, but it’s what happens when they walk through your doors that really counts. There are a host of things you won’t (and can’t) learn about in an interview. For example, were there reliability issues at their previous job? Did they show up on-time and ready to work? Did they do well in a team environment? Can they work independently and with little supervision? A staffing agency knows the work histories, styles and even personalities of the candidates they send you, meaning you aren’t wasting time interviewing someone who’s unlikely to show up before lunch then walk out at 5 p.m. Saving time? Wonderful. Peace of mind? Priceless.
Fill those positions–fast.
Thanks to their vast built-in networks, staffing agencies can help you fill positions quickly. (Insight Global can have someone in place within 24 to 48 hours if need be.) What’s more, they are able to carry out targeted sourcing—they’re not just posting a job and seeing who applies. Working with a staffing agency to fill a position, notes a recruiter, is like hiring a realtor to find a house as compared to looking on Zillow.
Need someone for a week? Six months? Full-time or part-time? It doesn’t matter. Professional staffing agencies have people who are rolling off contracts constantly and can be at a desk in your office the next day. They’ve done the background checks, called their references and, if need be, can run payroll and handle benefits.
Test the techie.
Hiring right is a skill set all its own, but when you consider that many of today’s jobs come with their own set of highly technical pre-requisites, it can be downright daunting. If, for instance, you think Java is just another word for coffee, it’s time to call upon the services of a staffing agency specializing in IT and tech hires. They can weed out candidates whose skills might not align. Insight Global vets candidates for their technical aptitude through a combination of testing and tech-outs, where staff with technical expertise will carry out two phone screens and meet with the candidate in person to determine if, in fact, they know what they’re talking about.
Hire right the first time.
To be sure, staffing agencies have a large repository of pre-screened candidates from which to choose. They strive to make sure the person you eventually hire is not just technically capable, but an excellent overall fit, as well. Insight Global goes beyond matching skillsets and takes great pride in its personalized approach to finding the total package. To achieve a custom fit, account managers spend significant time in the field getting to know the hiring manager, the client’s team, and the overall work environment.
Any staffing agency worth its salt will not only understand your market but what you need from an employee. While there are plenty of all-purpose hiring firms, consider going with a specialty staffing agency, especially if you are in need of employees with a very specific or narrow skill set. Name a job sector and it’s likely there’s a hiring agency that focuses on it, whether it’s nursing, creative services, or higher education. Insight Global, for instance, is the industry leader for IT, accounting and finance, engineering, government staffing and managed services.
Have the ability to actively recruit non-job seekers from other enterprises.
Professional staffing agencies can cast the hiring net wide and deep, scouting from a pool of contacts who might not otherwise be looking for new employment but nevertheless would be a perfect fit for you.
Achieve (even surpass) business goals.
The right people in the right place at the right time can translate into projects coming in on time and (dare to dream) under budget. Having a go-to strategic hiring partner can help your company’s employees meet their annual targets and make you look good at the same time. It’s a win-win.