Finding the right professional staffing firm can be as challenging as finding the right employee. According to the most recent census data there are over 22,400 temporary help and permanent placement firms in the US making it difficult to choose the right one. How do you find the best staffing agency? You could read some of the “how to hire a staffing firm” advice articles on the web. Or, you could follow this simple four step process and one piece of advice that’s probably the single most important tip you’ll hear.
Step 1 – Search Online
A quick search online for the best staffing agencies will net you a list for starters. You can drill down into that list by using keywords tied to your industry or geography.
Step 2 – Ask Your Colleagues
Many of your colleagues, both inside your firm and outside, probably have some experience working with staffing firms. As it is with finding any vendors, recommendations come in handy.
Step 3 – Eliminate the Inexperienced
Staffing firms without experience in your industry will waste your time.
Step 4 – Interview Your Selects
With your shortlist in hand be sure you interview the staffing firms. Check out this article from trainingmag.com for a run down of questions to ask.
The Single Most Important Tip
Talk to any current contract workers that you know. Many of your current contract employees have probably worked for multiple agencies and can provide keen insight into how these firms operate. Ask them which recruiters treat them well, listen to their concerns and respond thoughtfully. You can learn a lot about a staffing company by how it treats its candidates.
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