Many companies struggle to find the right talent. In fact, according to Glassdoor, 48 percent of small businesses say there are few or no qualified candidates for the positions they are looking to fill. Even when you do find someone to hire, that person may not completely satisfy your company's needs - which ends up costing you extra money.
That's why more and more companies are choosing to work with a staffing agency for their hiring needs. Staffing agencies have the resources and know-how to recruit and hire the right people for your team.
It's no secret that hiring is a time-consuming and expensive process. But with the help of a staffing agency, you can ease some of that burden. Here are five of the top reasons why working with a staffing agency might be the right decision for you:
1. You'll save time
Between writing a good job description, sorting through resumes and interviewing, getting someone new on your team can be a huge time investment - an average of 23 days total, according to a report by Glassdoor. But when you have a full-time job of your own, you may not have the bandwidth to make hiring a priority, which means it could take even longer.
It's easy to put off hiring or to be lazy about choosing someone, but hiring is an important process that can't be neglected. You need someone who can be solely dedicated to finding the right person, and a staffing agency can do that for you.
The agency does the hard work of searching for and assessing candidates for the job, so that you don't have to worry about it. You can focus on reviewing the best candidates presented to you, doing a few interviews and selecting the right person.
2. You'll get qualified candidates
Staffing agencies are the experts in finding qualified candidates. They know and understand the industry you work in, and they are up to date on job skills and requirements. That means they are able to find a candidate you never would have been able to find on your own.
Staffing agencies know how to interpret a candidate's resume, what questions to ask in the interview and how to determine if a candidate is right for your team. Some agencies even prequalify candidates using proprietary assessments allowing them to place only the candidates they know have the skills for the job.
Staffing agencies forge strong relationships with their clients to ensure they understand the company's needs and find the candidates that not only have the skills they are looking for, but also fit their company culture.
3. You'll actually save money
According to a survey by Monster, 70 percent of business owners believe that hiring a staffing agency is expensive and out of their price range. But the truth is a staffing agency can actually help you save money in the long run.
When you hire someone, you need to invest in training and dedicate manpower to get them set up. Not to mention you'll need to start paying them for their time too. And if that person turns out to be a bad hire, costs end up being even higher.
Staffing agencies help reduce turnover, and in turn, the costs that come with it. They vet candidates before sending them to you to make sure the candidate is the right fit for your team.
4. You'll get talent in the door faster
While you have to balance your regular day-to-day work with the hiring process, staffing agencies are able to dedicate all of their time to hiring. And with more hours spent searching for and assessing candidates, they can find the right person for your team faster.
Plus, staffing agencies already have a large network of talent that they have built over time and who they work with regularly. They may already be in contact with a candidate who would fit your needs perfectly.
5. You can be flexible with your hiring needs
Depending on your situation, hiring a new full-time employee may not be the only option for you. Staffing agencies are well versed in hiring temporary, contract and temp-to-hire employees, with more than 15 million temporary and contract employees hired in the course of a year, according to the American Staffing Association.
If your work is seasonal or you need help with a big project, hiring a temporary employee may be best. Or, if you're not ready to bring someone on full time until you're confident in their abilities, temp-to-hire is a good option. Staffing agencies are able to assess your needs and provide the solution that is right for you.
Also, while temporary employees work for you, they are employed by the staffing agency. That means you don't have to worry about their pay, benefits or other details. All you need to focus on is getting the work done and ensuring your team is as successful as they can be.
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