Hiring through a recruiting agency presents many perks. Not only do they allow their clients to save precious time and money but they also increase your chances of finding the right candidate by making sure to match your needs to the talents already available in their pool of information. This is why companies like Shortstints teams up with recruiters to help them find the perfect candidate for their position

It is important to remember that the recruiting agency and the client are a team. Even though the agency’s main objective is to find the right candidate for its clients, the client also has a role to play.

Here are some ways that staffing firms and third-recruiters believe can improve their clients’ staffing results and bring the best candidates on board.

The one position per agency rule

“Hiring multiple staffing agencies to fill the same role confuses the candidates,” says Joel Capperella, from the national staffing firm Yoh. Not only do agencies not like to be asked to fill the same job that has already been given to other agencies. But it’s also bad for the client’s employment brand.  It is important for you to trust one company with one position. Avoid putting your information in too many different places and give your agency of choice the chance to do their job.

Spend some time perfecting the job description

Take the time to write a good job description by writing relevant responsibilities, providing a salary range, explaining your values, proofreading and outlining clear application instructions. Staffing agencies can help you perfect your job description but at the end of the day, it is up to you to know what your company is looking for.

Give your agency access to the hiring manager

When there is human contact, everything goes better. Presenting a job description is important. However, when the agency has direct access to the manager of the open position, the information they get is exponentially better than in the job description or vendor management system. At the end of the day, job changes, requirements changes and it is important for you to update the agency about what your company needs.

Be realistic about who you are looking for

Staffing firms and third-recruiters are here to find the right candidate for you, not create him. Most often, clients are not realistic about what they are asking for. No candidate is going to master 35 skills in marketing so might as well be specific about what will really be needed for this specific position. Your ideal candidate will be able to improve his skills on the job.

Use your agency for marketing and branding

Many companies invest a lot of time and money in developing and marketing their employer brand, but many SME and smaller businesses don’t have the same resources. If you chose your agency wisely then they can give potential candidates a real insight in to your business:

  • What it’s like to work there
  • Benefits and career openings available
  • A feel for the culture.

Let your agency spend time getting to know you and some of your key managers, then they should be able to represent you as an employer of choice.

Ask your agency about ways to be more competitive

Salary is not the only  criteria that will help you get the best candidate. Your agency, because of their access to so much information, will be able to offer strategic advice in order for you to be more competitive and attract the right candidate faster.

Get back to your candidate quickly

Many times, it is not about the time it takes to match the candidate to the company but the actual time the company takes to follow up. Make an offer while the ideal candidate is still available on the market!


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