The Truth About Working With a Staffing Agency

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on October 7, 2016

fact-vs-mythWhen it comes to working with a staffing firm, many companies hesitate.  Running “staffing firms” through their favorite search engine often provides more conflict than clarity.  What’s the truth?

Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about working with staffing agencies and the truths you need to know to make the right choice for your business.

Myth:  Staffing agencies don’t care about employees’ growth or long-term fit.
Fact:  Staffing agencies understand their relationship with their clients depends on good growth and fit.

One particularly jaded view of staffing agencies claims that recruiters don’t care about the company’s long-term growth, retention or culture; they just want to staff the position so they can get paid.

While this might work in the short term, for any staffing company that wants to stay in business, “just fill the position” is a recipe for disaster.  Good staffing firms pride themselves on building long-term relationships with their clients, and that means finding the right people for long-term employment, as well.

And when our recommended candidates stay with your organization, they become powerful members of our professional network as well as yours.  Who wouldn’t want that?

Myth:  Staffing agencies cost too much.
Fact:  The right staffing partner will save you money.

Every time you must focus on hiring, you have to put aside other important work. By working with the right staffing partner – one who communicates with you and understands your needs – you can pass off low-value tasks like screening resumes and preparing job postings in favor of higher-value work, confident your staffing partner’s efforts will pay off in better candidates who offer more value to the company.

Myth:  Staffing agencies don’t really know the local industry.
Fact:  Staffing partners thrive on building local relationships.

The best staffing firms limit their focus to a few particular industries within a specific geographic area.  By doing so, they can spend their energy on deepening their knowledge of the established A-players, the “rising stars,” and the challenges and opportunities that face client companies in that area.  To make sure your recruiter knows the local “playing field,” choose a staffing agency that focuses on your industry and your geographic area.

At TERRA Staffing Group, our recruiters focus on connecting our clients to the best available talent and helping them plan for the long term.  Contact us today to learn more about our recruitment services in Portland, Seattle and Phoenix.

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