Millions of companies engage staffing agencies in order find temporary workers quickly and easily to fill in for sick employees or workers on leave, to get more help during busy seasons, or to complete special projects. But did you know that you could engage a staffing agency in order to find and recruit permanent hires, too?
Here are some reasons why you should consider working with a staffing company when you’re looking for new permanent hires.
Expertise and Experience
Unless you hire new employees frequently, you might not be up to date on all the employment trends, the new salary pay scales, the opportunities or challenges in the job market, or the right places to find new permanent hires. In addition, you might not understand the in-depth hiring best practices or the hiring laws and regulations. But your staffing firm will. After all, its recruiters hire day in and day out. When you work with its recruiters, you’ll gain access to all of this employment expertise, and this can ensure that your hiring process goes smoothly.
Access to a Wider Candidate Pool
Hiring new permanent hires on your own can be tough. You likely only have time to seek out active candidates on job boards. And this can mean that you become inundated with applications from candidates who are not qualified or right for the job. With a staffing firm, you’ll be able to access a wider talent pool because your recruiters will work every day to recruit new candidates in your industry and build relationships with them.
The Right Fit
Reusing an old job description and hiring one of the first candidates you get will likely lead to a bad hire. A staffing firm can work with you to create an ideal candidate profile for the position, to determine exactly what skills and experience are needed for the job, and to weed out candidates who don’t fit the bill. Your staffing agency will also have experience hiring for cultural fit, to ensure that your new permanent hires are committed to working with you for the long term, are passionate about the role, and will be as productive as possible.
Reduce Your Costs
Hiring is costly. And it can hurt your bottom line in a lean market. You’re probably looking for ways to cut costs in any way you can. And using a staffing firm can help reduce your costs. You only have to pay the staffing firm its fee, and it, in turn, will pay for the advertising and recruiting costs and the expenses of background checks and drug testing. It will also take care of onboarding and training, so you won’t have to pay for that either.
Recruiting and hiring is a time-consuming process. It can take weeks, if not months, of reviewing resumes, calling candidates, performing interviews, checking references, and testing skills before you get a new permanent hire on board. While you’re spending all your time on these hiring activities, your other responsibilities fall by the wayside. And the longer your position remains open, the more your productivity is affected. A staffing firm can do all of this legwork for you, so you don’t have to neglect your business responsibilities and you can hire more quickly.
Reduce Your Risks
There’s no doubt that hiring is a risky process. You never really know if the person you decide to hire is actually the best candidate for the job. If you make hiring mistakes and hire the wrong person, you could end up with a high turnover, which can be costly. A staffing firm can not only offer you the expertise you need to hire the right people, but it can also give you the opportunity to try before you buy—you can hire a temp worker on for a pre-determined amount of time to test his skills before hiring him on permanently.
If you want to reap the benefits of engaging a staffing firm for permanent hires, contact Liberty Staffing to get started.