What is a staffing agency?
A staffing agency, sometimes known as a search or recruiting firm, is an organization that matches companies and job candidates. Agencies work on behalf of businesses and job seekers to match the applicant with the appropriate skills and experience for the position available. Staffing firms place candidates in short and long-term positions, enable temporary contracts or contracts to hire and often provide direct hire and executive search services. Firms may be experts in particular industries/sectors or for particular pay levels.
How does the process work?
To attract applicants, staffing agencies use their website, advertisements, job sites, job fairs and social media. They identify qualified candidates, check references, quantify skills and abilities, then present a shortlist of candidates to the client. The employer examines the information and performance comments provided and conducts an interview with the candidate(s). The staffing firm continues to provide support and insights until an applicant is hired.
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency?
Many companies consider outsourcing staffing services a strategic move. Staffing firms:
Provide recruiting experience and expertise: Staffing agencies have a level of expertise that exceeds the human resource department of most companies. They’ve worked with businesses of a variety of sizes, operating in various industries, have knowledge of technical roles/skills, can identify transferable skills, are familiar with new technology and are in touch with market trends. They help identify areas of need, develop a position profile, and then find qualified candidates for that role.
Share knowledge of the market: Staffing firms provide valuable insight and advice regarding the sector(s) they work in. Clients gain access to an agency’s knowledge of salary rates, available skill sets, career expectations, current hiring complexities and market trends.
Assist in forming a hiring strategy: A staffing agency helps a client decide whether to look for a contract-to-hire or direct hire candidate, how many employees are needed to meet growth goals and what skills and personality traits are appropriate for a particular position. They also provide guidelines and tips on interviewing applicants.
Take care of applicant checks: A staffing firm will confirm the educational achievements, verify the background and provide criminal clearance for potential candidates.
Give access to a wide pool of high-quality candidates: Staffing firms have access to an ever-growing pool of candidates, attract top-tier talent and are constantly expanding their professional network. They have a large talent pool of pre-screened and referenced candidates that have been carefully assessed and interviewed.
Provide an extended reach: Recruitment agencies can help you find passive talent, candidates that are not actively looking for a job. Agencies know who these candidates are, how to reach them and how to encourage them to make a move.
Give fast candidate placement: The expedited and streamlined hiring process of a staffing firm places qualified candidates quickly. Their vast talent pool, large network of connections and access to expensive systems help them quickly locate people with the skills you are looking for.
Increase retention: Turnover is expensive. A staffing agency helps you place the best candidate in the right role (the first time) thus increasing retention rates and reducing training costs.
Assume some liabilities: Staffing firms are considered the employer of record for temporary associates, assuming liabilities/responsibility for temporary associates that are placed.
Free up your time: Put your time and energy into day-to-day responsibilities for your company. Let the agency spend hours on posting job openings, sourcing candidates, screening resumes and verifying information.
Save you money: Staffing agencies get the job done faster while relieving clients of the costs of pre-employment testing, background verification, drug screening and sometimes payroll processing and benefits administration. They may also reduce training expenditure by finding businesses highly qualified employees.
Save time & money, source qualified candidates and fill open positions quickly by using a staffing agency for all your hiring needs.
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