Top 4 Reasons Employers Need a Staffing Agency

With so many employers facing a talent crisis, there’s a push to find qualified candidates quickly. According to a recent ManpowerGroup report, 40% of 42,000 employers surveyed said they were having a challenging time filling positions within their company. What’s causing this gap in qualified employees? It has to do with more than just a lack of applicants in many fields. The main problem is that competition is fierce amongst top employers.

Amidst this competition, many companies today are simply failing at the employment process. A scroll through many of the job sites today will show this exact pitfall in action. Job descriptions are looking for candidates able to start with specific, extensive experience, and companies are overlooking other qualities that lead to a stronger fit. The reality is that many companies today do not have the time and money to dedicate to perfecting their staffing process.

A staffing agency is able to bridge these gaps. Recruiting agencies already have active relationships with job seekers. They know the right way to attract the best employees. This is something more employers need to be taking advantage of if they want to succeed in the talent crisis.

1. Quality candidates use staffing agencies. People with over three years of professional years tend to look for top staffing agencies to find job openings. This makes logical sense if you consider the reality of many job websites today. These listings are mostly for entry-level positions, so staffing agencies are more likely to be aware of the higher-level positions.

By using a staffing agency, you can gain easy access to this pool of applicants you might be overlooking. This is especially true for industries where specialized skills are necessary, such as tech or medicine. These workers are comfortable working with staffing agencies to ensure they only apply to quality positions.

2. These agencies have more resources. Staffing agencies have more resources at their disposal to get the job done. Anyone who has ever taken a hands-on role in the hiring process knows how much time and energy it takes. There’s a lot of back-and-forth between the applicant and the recruiting, and this can take away from other valuable company activities.

A staffing agency is able to devote more resources and energy to finding those difficult candidates who aren’t actively searching for a position. Beyond that, they can spend more time researching applicants and conducting screenings.

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3. They understand your needs. Using an agency with experience in your fields means you can feel confident they know exactly what you’re looking for in a candidate. They know all about the right skills, experience, and company culture, so they’re able to better assess the level of fit. Your company likely doesn’t have enough time to conduct as intense of an analysis of your candidate’s long-term goals, experience, and job expectations.

4. Staffing agencies can assist with onboarding. The cost of a new hire today can be as much as $4,000 between advertising on job sites, interviews, and paperwork. This cost becomes even more when you calculate the time and money spent training and preparing new employees. Because staffing agencies specialize in just one thing — hiring new employees — they know the best way to prepare your new hire to hit the ground running.

A staffing agency can assist with paperwork, salary negotiation, and training all through a streamlined system. They’ll also be available to offer recommendations for optimizing this process and creating staff schedules in the future. This saves your company time and money.

Using a staffing agency can be a smart move in today’s work environment. You need to find quality candidates, and these agencies know how to do just that. What’s stopping you?

Wendy Dessler

Wendy Dessler
Wendy Dessler, outreach manager, helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. She can be reached at wendy (at) outreachmama (dot) com.

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