5 Tips for Working with Staffing Firms

By Courtney Clemmons on July 31, 2015 Staffing

When you first partner with an agency for contact or direct hire staffing, one of three things is happening:

Staffing agencies fill these gaps. Through sources that include propriety databases, licenses and skilled recruiters, staffing firms find qualified candidates who are ready to join your team. 


Building an Effective Employee Search

  1. Find the Right Partner
    A staffing agency that specializes in your field will screen qualified candidates much faster than a general firm. For example, an engineering staffing company will understand the importance of AudoCAD and how it impacts the role.
  2. Rewrite the Job Description
    Job descriptions are the foundation for finding the right employees. An outdated or non-existent description will work against you, so make sure to have the rewritten version reviewed by the position’s supervisor and co-workers before sharing with the staffing partner.
  3. Set Realistic Salary Expectations
    Knowing the going rate for the position will pinpoint candidates within your range. Salary.com and Glassdoor.com provide sample salaries based on title, years of experience, education and location, which can balance your expectations with reality.
  4. Be Open to Non-Traditional Candidates
    Recruiters present candidates for a reason. Resumes that are slightly different than your established profile can be a good thing. Talk to the firm to find out why they were included. You might be pleasantly surprised.
  5. Timely Feedback
    Recruiters refine their search based on your feedback from resumes and interviews. If you are not receiving CVs in line with your needs, call the recruiter right away to discuss how the search can be altered to better fit your needs.

    After an interview, let the recruiter what concerns you have about the candidate and/or if you are ready to take the next step. Remember, if a candidate meeting with you, they are most likely interviewing with other companies at the same time. Timing is key - you don’t miss out on a great candidate.

Keep in mind that recruiters wade through a series of resumes and interviews before finding the ideal matches to present. Help make a recruiter’s time more efficient upfront so that you see results – and more qualified candidates – in a shorter time span.

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Courtney Clemmons

Courtney Clemmons

Courtney Clemmons is the Content Developer for both Messina Group Staffing and Messina Group Consulting. Before moving into her role on the Marketing team, Courtney began her career as a Recruiter working on contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire positions for Messina’s Engineering, Manufacturing, Laboratory, Marketing and Financial staffing divisions. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BA in Journalism.

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