The term staffing agency can be very misleading when one wants to explore the options that are available in the US labor market. One misconception is that a staffing agency is a person who places job openings in an employer’s office on behalf of the employer. While some staffing agencies work in this fashion, the vast majority of staffing agencies operate in much the same way as an employment agency – except that they get paid when they place a job, not when they receive a job.
Staffing agencies have a large range of tasks to perform.
They can act as personal representatives to both the employer and the job seeker. They can also receive job applicant information from both large and small companies as well as independent contractors. Furthermore, staffing agencies can handle all the paperwork involved in getting a green card. This includes submitting necessary visa applications along with necessary financial information.
An employment agency can act as a direct representative for both employers and job candidates. As the largest third party in the recruitment process, they have access to both domestic and global talent sources. Many smaller staffing agencies operate on a national basis, but larger firms often outsource their recruitment needs to such agencies as well. Some larger employment agencies actually outsource all of their business needs to staffing agencies because they simply do not have the time or knowledge to dedicate to hiring the kind of candidates that are qualified to work for their employers. These larger firms tend to make use of consultants who understand the recruiting processes that will be required for their positions, and can often better position their employers in their positions.
When candidates apply for jobs with an employment agency, they may be invited to visit a staffing firm in order to interview them. Interviewing is a critical part of finding a position. Interviewing is also where the HR department makes its final evaluation of candidates. Candidates who receive positive feedback from an interview may be encouraged to send in their resumes for further consideration. Even if the employer does not immediately offer a job, the hiring manager will likely send out resumes in response to the positive responses. It is not uncommon for more than one or two candidates to submit a resume to an employment agency in hopes of obtaining an interview.
The key takeaway from this example of how candidates can get hired through a staffing agency comes down to the important feedback the agency provides employers. Human Resources is responsible for gathering a large number of resumes and sending them out to many different employers. In many cases, the HR department does not receive anything in return. If the agency sends a handful of well-polished, well reviewed resumes to a large collection of employers, those resumes will be sent off as well.
The key takeaway here is that employers who hire through a staffing agency will have more confidence in hiring someone with previous experience because they know that they will not be sending their employees on any dangerous assignments. The HR department provided great feedback to the hiring company that helped them to make a positive decision about who to hire. A good employment agency will also provide strong follow-up services and have a strong and experienced cfo on hand to answer questions for both current and past clients.
The most important thing a staffing agency does is help you hire employees who are qualified for the position without costing you too much money. Often, the HR department will help pay for some or all of the cost of a CFO. If your company has just started operations, you may be able to convince your employer to cover the full cost of a CFO by leveraging your employer’s existing structure and resources. The downside to hiring an independent CFO is that you will likely be responsible for him or her making sure the job is done to your standards, since they are the one who will be signing off on your work.
There are many ways to recruit and hire great talent and high performing employees without using a staffing agency. However, hiring on your own may be difficult for a number of reasons; you may lack the skills needed to effectively sell yourself to potential employers, or you may not have the knowledge, time, and resources to properly hire the right candidates. Hiring employees from a staffing agency can save you time, money, and stress.