With the U.S. staffing industry projected to reach as high $146.6 billion in 2018, it’s clear that staffing agencies are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. What was once somewhat of a niche market has exploded in the last decade, now employing over 3 million Americans per week. With so many businesses opting to outsource their staffing needs, you may be wondering whether this is the smart move for your company. Before deciding if a staffing agency is the right fit for your business, there are some things you should find out about first.

The recruiters at staffing companies are adept at quickly identifying and hiring high-quality employees for important positions.

Your Workforce Needs

Do you need highly specialized employees with a hard-to-find combination of skills, education and experience, or will anyone who can show up on time suffice? When you can’t afford to make a bad hire, or you have no time to waste, you may want to work with a staffing agency. The recruiters at staffing agencies are adept at quickly identifying and hiring high-quality employees for important positions.

It’s also important to consider how long you will need your new employee. Do you need new employees because of a boom in business during the summer? Do you need access to skills that your current workforce does not possess? Do you need a long-term solution because of anticipated growth? Take care to fully understand your employment needs before choosing to work with a staffing agency.

How It Works

You may be asking yourself why a staffing agency would be any better than you or your hiring department at finding the workers you need. When it comes to the top staffing agencies in the industry, the differences boil down to process and experience.

A standard employee search conducted by an in-house hiring department or manager generally includes the creation of a job description and some ad placements on job boards and in classified sections. While this can certainly be effective, it does not match what happens at a reputable staffing firm.

A magnifying glass focused on a team of workers.

First, every time a staffing company interviews anyone for any position at any company, they then save that candidate’s resume and credentials for future opportunities. This automatically gives most staffing agencies an enormous head start in recruiting. Second, many passive job seekers will follow staffing agencies on various social media sites and through other channels. This means that before they spend any money on advertising, staffing companies can reach into their sizable pools of candidates to see if they have a fit for you.

If they do not have a suitable candidate in their database, the next step is to advertise the position. Staffing companies often have long-standing relationships with publications and online job boards that allow them to enjoy favorable pricing and advertising options, compared to a regular business. It’s important to understand the hiring process of any staffing company you choose to work with.

Range of Services Offered

Not all staffing companies are equal. Some offer only recruiting services while others offer much more. Are you looking for a staffing company to simply recruit and hire for you? Would you like a company that can also offer employee management services such as onboarding, training and employee relations? This all depends on your company and its needs. Be sure to choose a staffing company that provides all the services your business needs, including:

  • Payroll
  • Benefits Administration
  • Human Resources Functions

Misconceptions About Staffing

Many misconceptions and myths about the staffing industry exist. The ability to separate fact from fiction will help you make a better decision on your staffing provider. Here are some of the more common misconceptions:

  1. Only Hire Temporary Workers: Nothing could be further from the truth. While staffing companies certainly hire temporary workers, they also hire temp-to-perm employees and place direct hires. A staffing company can find you any type of employee.
  2. They Cost too Much: There is certainly an upfront cost of working with a staffing company, but you must consider this against the cost of initial recruiting, potentially making a bad hire, losing productivity and then having to start the process all over again. Over time, staffing companies often save companies money.
  3. Low-Skilled Workers Only: Staffing agencies fill positions in virtually all U.S. industries and for all skill levels. Whether you’re looking for a new creative financial officer or just some summer assistance, a staffing company can help you with it all.[1]

Market Knowledge

If you’re in need of a seasoned biomechanical engineer, what skills, experience and education should you look for? An experienced staffing company will have a thorough knowledge of your industry market and be able find the employees you need. Your job search won’t go well if the staffing company you choose has limited knowledge about your industry, which is why many choose niche staffing agencies. Make sure that the staffing company you choose knows how to reach the candidates you are looking for.

When you choose a staffing agency, you want one that will make your life easier, not add to your workload. Agencies that use the right practices, have made connections with a deep pool of candidates, understand your market and offer extra services are better equipped to meet your staffing needs now and in the future.

For more than a decade, TPG Staffing has led the employee searches for dozens of businesses across the U.S. We’ve filled high-ranking positions at well-known organizations while also working with smaller companies to meet their staffing demands. We are happy to discuss your workforce needs and all of the ways we can help your company succeed. Contact us today at 732-246-7100 to get started.