Hiring is one of the most time consuming and expensive endeavors your business will take on. It’s also one of the most critical to get right. Sometimes it’s better to focus on what you know best, and hand the rest off to people that specialize in your specific needs. Using a staffing agency is frequently one of those situations.
A professional in the hiring industry has connections, processes, and human resources tools that can save you hundreds of hours and many thousands of dollars that are typically wasted on talking to and hiring the wrong people.
Here are the top 5 reasons to consider hiring a staffing agency:
Depth of resources
There are many platforms that you can use to search for candidates on your own, so why do you need a professional? Those platforms are one-size-fits-all automated sites set up to get as many candidates as possible, not the best candidates possible. If you’ve tried them before you have experienced the effort it takes to go through application after application of people that aren’t even ready to interview with a company like yours. Staffing agencies have their own pool of prospects that they have been dealing with and know on an intimate level. Additionally they have proprietary tools, networks, and local resources to acquire candidates that actually fit your needs. And finally, they will be the ones investing the time to make sure that candidates are qualified for an interview before you even meet them. As a business owner, you know every minute used on hiring is a minute you could have used creating cashflow.
Cookie cutter type hiring sites cost money and TIME. Hiring agencies can use your resources to their most effective by doing all of the legwork for you, and not just showing up with a constant stream of unqualified candidates. A job site online might seem like a really good budget-friendly idea, but how much is all that time and resource investment in finding, interviewing, training, and on-boarding the wrong candidates really costing you?
Attention to what matters
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement or desperation driving your hiring process and forget what you really need from a candidate. How many times have you hired the wrong person just because they said a few of the right things in the interview? It’s also easy to lose track of the legal changes that apply to hiring, onboarding, and employing new candidates. A good staffing agency is a partner in your new employee and assures that they are brought into your team correctly, and that all paperwork and legal requirements are completed in a timely manner.
They already have a candidate pool
In some cases a staffing agency will even have a ready and waiting pool of qualified candidates that are ready to work for you. This is especially true when working with an agency that specializes in your industry. What could be better than having an experienced and qualified candidate with a provable work history that is ready to start work for you immediately?
A staffing agency partners with you and cares about your long term goals
A hiring website only cares about getting you qualified candidates. An agency has a long term investment in everyone you hire, and the ongoing relationship with your company. A website is a tool, and frequently a mediocre one on its own. An agency is a partner in your success. Even if you don’t think you are ready for an agency now, if you are planning to grow and add to your success, you will be in the near future. Why not have a conversation today that could benefit your business for years to come?