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Nine Reasons to Work With a Staffing Agency

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.

Hiring flexibility.

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.

Insider expertise.

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.

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Searching for a Staffing Agency

Google “staffing agencies” and you’ll get 1.29 billion results (or thereabouts). If you limit your search to “staffing agencies near me,” you’ll slash the field but still be left with 39.8 million results to sort through.

Unfortunately, there are lots of people who call themselves recruiters or who purport to have staffing agencies. But not all staffing firms are equal. As a busy hiring manager with positions to fill, you need a professional hiring partner that puts your needs and timeline first.

So exactly how do you winnow the wheat from the chaff? To help narrow the field, consider these seven points:

1. Do they have expertise hiring in your market sector?

When looking to partner with a staffing agency, you don’t want to spend a lot of time getting them up to speed on your market sector. You want someone that can hit the ground running. Look for hiring firms that have a proven track record in your sector. Your staffing partner should understand the overall job requirements you’re looking for and have in-depth knowledge of the particular set of skills the position requires. Don’t be afraid to ask for references not only from companies within your market, but similarly sized enterprises, as well.

2. What’s their process for screening candidates?

Time is money, so when a potential hire appears in your inbox, you expect them to be qualified and ready to work. You don’t want to weed through a ton of potential resumes before settling on a few to interview further. You are hiring a staffing agency to do the leg work for you so before partnering, be sure you fully understand their vetting process.

While Insight Global will gladly customize their screening process to suit your needs, regardless, they always conduct a minimum of two professional phone interviews to verify a candidate’s background, determine what they are looking for, and where they excel. All candidates are also asked to come into one of Insight Global’s 51 office locations so they can meet with the candidate face to face and get a better sense of the person and their personality. Personal refences are also conducted, including full criminal background checks and education verification. Finally, the Insight Global account manager will walk the candidate through the position, the organization itself and its initiatives, all within a tight timeframe of 24 hours to 48 hours.

3. Is the agency up on current hiring and recruiting trends and how they affect your business?

You want to know that whomever you partner with can provide market insight on such subjects as competitive hourly rates and salaries, new job-search technologies and what clients in similar spaces or market areas are looking for in terms of talent and skills. If this information is important to you, look for staffing agencies that are experts in the industry and have a strong and diverse client base as this affords them additional insight. You want to be sure the salary and benefits you are offering in exchange for a particular set of skills are competitive with the market, especially during times of low unemployment when demand for talent is high.

4. What will they require from you? How will you work together to get results?

It’s vital that whichever company you engage has an in-depth understanding of the skillset you’re trying to source and the uniqueness of your organization and company, as well. Staffing agencies, such as Insight Global, place hundreds? thousands? of candidates across the country each year, so as a hiring manager you need to be prepared to have in-depth conversations about what you are looking for beyond what’s on paper. Your company has a personality all its own, and whoever you hire ultimately needs to fit into that work culture.

5. What happens in the event of a bad placement?

The answer to this is key. Any professional staffing agency will be hoping to work with you on more than a one-off placement so making sure both you and the new hire are happy is essential. A good working relationship involves numerous variables, and it’s important that your staffing partner work to quickly resolve whatever issues arise. Ultimately a contract employee is employed by the staffing agency and so reflective of them.

6. What can you do in addition to staffing?

Large staffing firms such as Insight Global offer a full range of services that extend beyond the staffing umbrella, including direct placement, search functions, payroll processing and outsourcing, where they will take over the human resources and talent acquisition of a company. Depending on your needs, you may want to partner with a staffing agency that offers comprehensive managed services from project and portfolio management to training services.

7. How does the staffing agency care for its contract employees?

A secure contract employee will be happier and more productive and that means a better outcome for you. At Insight Global everyone matters. Contract employees are an extension of corporate staff and are treated as such. Insight Global has a contractor relations division within the company that is solely dedicated to the support and care of its contractors to make sure they attract and retain the right people. All contract employees are employed on a W2 basis and receive full medical coverage, including vision and dental. Additionally, they negotiate PTO, travel and job-related expense reimbursement.

Looking to Insight Global to help you find a job? Submit your resume or start your job search.

Considering a Sales & Recruiting or Operations career with us? Submit your resume for an internal job with Insight Global.

Learn more about Insight Global and what we do.