4 Ways to Grow Your Relationship with a Staffing Company
By Brent Hastings
When used properly, a staffing agency will save you time and money. Lots of people don’t see it that way though. They group all agencies together. If they have a bad experience with one, then they believe they are all bad and a waste of time and money. But the reality is that they just didn’t use the right one or didn’t use them properly.
Now I can’t speak for every agency, but it is in our best interest at M Force to make sure that every job that we get is filled as fast as possible with the best candidate that can perform the job to the standards that the company expects.
Think about this, we do not get paid unless we deliver for you, so we are motivated to work fast and find the best candidate for your company. You can tell which agencies will be a good fit for right from the start. What do their processes look like? How thorough are they? We'll take time to ensure we don’t send you candidate after candidate that doesn't fit your job.
Here are 4 ways to effectively use a staffing agency to get the most out of them:
Meet with them
If you have a need for staffing just meet with them. Now I’m not saying meet with everyone that calls, but if one can grab your attention, you never know what could happen.
If you are using an agency for a job and aren't responding quickly to the candidates they send, you run the risk of losing a great candidate to another job. Need someone on short notice? We can do that! Thinking ahead and need someone in a couple of months? We can do that too! It all starts with effective communication. The more freely both sides talk about deadline requirements, the easier it will be to find a candidate who fits those needs.
Be Clear and Concise
This is a great goal for any business, but it's especially true when it comes to staffing. If the staffing company isn't clear about rates or availability, the process can quickly derail. Likewise, if the company doesn't communicate important details about the job (what kind of degree is needed, how many years of experience, any special qualifications or certifications), that will likely slow the hiring process and result in lower quality candidates.
Be open about your company culture. Show your account manager or recruiter around your facility, introduce them to the decision makers & let them see what the environment/culture is like. In the end, the more we know about your organization the better we can deliver for you.
So let us work for you. Let us take care of the headaches and work and make things easy for you. It's our job to help your company grow.