Are You Helping – or Hindering – Your Staffing Partner?

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on September 10, 2013

Companies that work with a staffing partner create an opportunity to maximize the quality of their candidates, decrease the time they spend hiring, and gain a competitive advantage within their respective industries.  However, merely creating the opportunity isn’t enough.  Companies must also seize this opportunity.

How can you get the most from your relationship with your staffing partner?  Consider the following tips:

  • Talk about the challenges you face.  Open communication is key to a successful relationship between a company and its talent provider.  Talk about your organization’s present and future challenges and the skills your staff needs in order to face them.  If you have a strategic staffing plan, share it with your staffing partner; if your organization has no strategic staffing plan, talk to your staffing partner about creating one.
  • Ask for market information.  Staffing firms pride themselves on cultivating extensive networks within the industries they serve, and these networks provide access to significant amounts of information about current markets and market trends.  Tap into your staffing partner as a resource for up-to-date market information and analysis.
  • Specify the business outcomes you want.  When seeking candidates for a particular position, don’t just tell your staffing partner what skills and experience are required.  Take the time to discuss the business outcomes related to the position and how the candidate will help your organization reach its long-term goals.  By doing so, you paint a complete picture of the skills, talent, and values your ideal candidate will have, making it more likely that your staffing partner will find just the right person for the job.
  • Tell your staffing partner when a candidate is not a good fit.  Staffing partners learn from their failures as well as their successes.  When a candidate is not a good fit, summarize for your staffing partner why the relationship would not work out.  Your staffing partner uses this feedback to improve the quality of future candidate recommendations, increasing your chances of finding the best possible person for the job.

The experienced staffing partners at TERRA Staffing are dedicated to finding the best candidates available for the clients we serve.  Contact us today to learn more!

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