In the current talent market, the competition for top candidates is high. There are a number of challenges facing staffing firms. Employees are looking for different things from their employers, including mental health support and non-traditional benefits. Company culture and work environment have become increasingly important as well. For staffing agencies, it can be hard to keep up with the demands of candidates.
It is true that the current landscape favors staffing agencies. In general, employers are desperately searching for the best candidates the industry has to offer. Staffing firms just so happen to have spent years piecing together a talent pool of just that. That being said, every agency still needs to adjust to the current climate.
Here are four tips to help your staffing firm adapt to the present challenges and stand out to clients and candidates.
Temporary, temp-to-hire, and contract employees are a huge portion of the candidates that agencies work with. As a staffing agency, you can provide these individuals with more flexibility and benefits that would not be available to them through a traditional full-time direct employer. For example, some agencies only require their contractors to work three months out of the year with one of their clients to receive benefits. This also helps your firm stay in touch with the most reliable candidates.
Your client’s needs must become a priority. In general, agencies provide an approach to recruiting that a direct hiring system cannot provide. They can take the time to truly get to know and nourish every single candidate they meet. After getting to know your client’s needs, pinpoint a talent pool of candidates that address what they are looking for. You will become a strategic partner in your client’s overall growth and success. Doing this will ensure that you continue to have clients to serve and that candidates will want to work with you.
Social media is a key player in the recruiting world these days. Most recruiters are finding and connecting with potential candidates through social platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. Being able to learn about a candidate through their social profile can give you an idea of what their values are. This can be an important piece of information when you are trying to identify what kind of company and position will be the best fit for them.
Technology is always changing. As a staffing agency, you have to keep up with technological changes to compete with other firms. If your application process is too difficult or your communications aren’t clear, you won’t get access to the top talent in your respective industries. That’s where Essium’s technology comes in. Our state-of-the-art tech can help you streamline your hiring and onboarding processes. Contact us to learn more about how our systems can benefit your staffing agency.