As companies across the globe experience massive disruption, partnering with a staffing agency can be a valuable extension to your company and your recruiting efforts, regardless of the size of your business. Even if you consider yourself an expert in the field you’re hiring, using experienced recruiters can offer an abundance of resources during this challenging and ever-changing job market.
Many staffing agencies, like Selectemp, have hiring experience in industries like yours. A partnership will allow you to not only streamline your recruiting efforts, but also provide the tools, guidance, and framework you need to give you the most qualified candidates every time.
A successful partnership with a staffing agency takes some effort, but with effective communication and teamwork, you can achieve excellent results every time. Here are some tips for maximizing the benefits and advantages of partnering with a staffing agency:
#1 Create a partnership of trust with your staffing provider
Teach them your business. Invite them onsite to meet your supervisors and managers and to see the jobs their employees will be performing at your company. When you share your business amongst several staffing agencies, you make it difficult for recruiters to PRIORITIZE your job orders. To put it in perspective, would your company rather produce a product for a customer you KNOW is going to buy it OR produce a product for a customer who MIGHT buy it?
#2 Work with Only One Staffing Agency
We suggest working with only one staffing agency with experience in your industry. Having one partner that knows your business, goals, and culture will help you develop a trusting relationship. Their recruiters are committed to you and will do anything they can to provide you with the best hires fit to your specific needs.
#3 Provide staffing provider with Detailed Job Descriptions
When you partner with staffing experts to fill jobs for your business, it is always best practice to provide a thorough job description in order to paint a clear picture of what the candidate will be doing in order to make the most successful match. Failure to do so may result in recruiters not fully understanding the role to be filled and, in turn, inadvertently provide you, candidates, without the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out the required duties of the position.
#4 Respond Quickly
In today’s candidate-driven market, it’s important to move quickly when presented with candidates of interest. If you wait too long to respond to a candidate that has been submitted to you for consideration, you could lose out on an ideal match when they take an offer from one of your competitors. Provide job updates and check in with your recruiter often to prevent your perfect hire from accepting another opportunity.
#5 Be an Active Partner
Staffing agencies are basically an extension of your business and you must stay active and connected with recruiters working to fill your positions. In order to be successful, it’s important that you regularly check-in and stay engaged in the process. If you leave recruiters in the dark, it could result in lower quality candidates and lost opportunities. Let them know when your company is considering downsizing, adding another shift, bringing on a new product, etc. Bring them into the loop early to assist with strategizing for your business. They may have valuable knowledge and experience that they can share with you. Help them be prepared for you!
#6 Create an Open Line of Communication
Everyone knows that communication is the key to maintaining any type of relationship, and staffing is no different. Successful partnerships include frequent communication, consistent feedback, and regular check-ins. Quarterly Business Reviews are a great way to give and receive feedback. You can analyze the staffing agency’s performance over the last quarter and brainstorm together to make improvements where necessary on both sides of the partnership.
A partnership with a staffing agency can give you access to higher quality employees at a faster rate and these tips are only the starting point to creating an impact in your organization. If you’d like to learn more about developing a successful relationship with a staffing firm, reach out to us today. We’d love to connect and discuss how you can benefit from a partnership with us.