What to Do If You're Not Having Any Luck Filling Empty Positions

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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What_to_Do_If_Youre_Not_Having_Any_Luck_Filling_Empty_Positions.jpgYou know that hiring the right people for your empty positions is critical to the success of your business. After all, your employees are your biggest asset and they help you achieve your corporate mission.

But unfortunately, hiring the right people is not so easily done. Sometimes, even unqualified candidates apply. Other times, good candidates that seem promising bomb in the interview. Or worse, they’re stellar in the interview, but aren’t right for the job once they’re hired. The consequences of making hiring mistakes are serious and costly, including a high turnover rate, reduced productivity, lowered morale, and increased hiring costs. These consequences can harm your business.

But, on the other hand, not filling those empty positions because no good candidates have applied isn’t good either. When you’re short staffed, you face much of the same consequences, like low productivity and reduced employee morale, while also increasing your risk of accidents and errors and lowering your customer service level.

So what can you do when you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place? You can partner with a staffing agency. Here’s why it’s your best bet.

Wider Network

Your HR team members are busy. They don’t have the time to recruit candidates all over the place. They likely just purchase an ad on a job board and hope someone great will apply. Though more convenient and time efficient, this method can reduce your candidate pool significantly. You’ll only be looking at active candidates, and only those who seek out employment on job boards.

A staffing agency has the time required to use social media, seek out passive candidates, and recruit outside of the box—to attend job fairs, contact alumni associations, and more. It’ll have a far wider network of candidates, which will increase your chances of finding great people to consider for your empty positions.

Higher-Quality Candidates

A staffing agency’s wider network is only one of the reasons why its candidates are a higher quality. The recruiters are also skilled at weeding out the bad and going after top talent. And they have the repeatable, sound assessment and testing processes needed to ensure that the candidates they choose won’t disappoint. They work with candidate’s day in and day out and understand what skills and personality traits indicate success, and which red flags to pay attention to. They’re uniquely skilled to spot great candidates.

Reduce Your Risk of Hiring Mistakes

As we mentioned above, making hiring mistakes can be costly. And it can be detrimental to your business as the cost of these bad hires start to affect your profitability. When you’re not having any luck filling empty positions on your own, partnering with a staffing agency is a far better option than settling for the wrong candidate. You’ll be able to reduce your risks and ensure that only qualified, experienced, and skilled new hires enter your workplace. This will assure maximum performance and productivity.

You can even enjoy the benefits of the temp-to-perm hiring model. You can hire on employees for a pre-determined amount of time in order to test their skills in action, see how well they fit into your work environment, and give them the chance to feel out your company as well. This can allow you to make more informed hiring decisions that are based on real facts—not just smiles and charm during an interview.

We understand that hiring can be difficult. Don’t settle for mediocrity or take on preventable risks; partner with a staffing agency instead of hiring in house. You’ll get to enjoy a larger network of candidates, better quality candidates to choose from, and the benefits of risk management.

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Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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