The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Finding a Great Recruiting Partner

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on April 9, 2015

Experienced staffing firms have extensive networks and a deep knowledge of your local industry. They’re in touch with the best talent in the area – whether those candidates are actively combing the job market or already employed, just waiting for a prime opportunity to open up so they can make a lateral move.

If your company hasn’t worked with a recruiting partner before, now is the time to start. Here’s a “cheat sheet” on the best ways to find a recruiting partner who offers a great fit for you:

  1. Find out who the recruiter specializes in placing – and in what companies. A recruiter who specializes in placing people in your industry is an invaluable ally and a key addition to your company’s professional network. Choose a staffing firm with experience placing the kind of people you’re interested in hiring: not only top performers who do the work you need, but also individuals who offer the right kind of cultural “fit” to thrive in your company’s work environment.
  2. Talk to the recruiting firm before you decide. Recruiting is about relationships. The more you “click” with your staffing partner, the better your organization will be able to leverage your staffing firm’s skills and resources to find top talent in less time. Don’t hesitate to communicate, ask questions, and choose the firm that resonates with your hiring staff.
  3. Know what you want. The more specific and detailed you can be when filling out a job order or discussing long-term staffing plans, the more your recruiting partner can get “in tune” with your company’s needs. An in-tune recruiting partner can work proactively, recommending great talent as your company needs it. Refine job descriptions as needs change, and never forget to follow up with your staffing firm about how candidates perform in interviews or “fit” with the company if they are hired.
  4. Ask questions. Your recruiter can answer a host of questions about your industry, about reasonable salary requirements, benefits to offer, and more. The best recruiters will provide you valuable feedback about how your expectations and compensation package compare to the market and help you make adjustments based on data and market realities.

The recruiters at TERRA Staffing have landed our firm on the “Best of Staffing – Clients” list four years in a row. We’re proud of our results, and we’re excited to share them with your company. Contact us today to learn more.

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