While keeping the hiring process in-house often makes sense, when time is of the essence, and you need workers now, tapping a recruiter is often a smart choice — recruiters work quickly, taking on average just over 40 days to fill a new position. Read on for a few things hiring managers need to know about working with a staffing agency.

How Does the Process Work?

Employers start by gathering the basic information the staffing agency will need — details about the tasks the new hire will be responsible for and the number of workers the company is interested in hiring. Other important information to provide at this point includes salary details and when the hiring process needs to be completed. The agency communicates effectively with the stakeholder of the hiring company about the job description. They will then post advertisements, conduct internal database searches, work their referral network, and recruit out of their targeted clients. After vetting several candidates, the agency will present a short list of viable candidates for the company to interview. You make the final determination of who to hire.

What are the Benefits of Working with a Staffing Agency?

Working with a staffing agency generally offers three benefits — speed, risk reduction, and flexibility. Many businesses find that using a staffing agency speeds the hiring process, particularly when you’re searching for a worker with hard-to-find or in-demand skills. Many agencies that specialize in meeting a specific industry’s staffing needs have contacts that make it easy to find workers with particular skills.

Shutdowns related to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused businesses around the country to struggle throughout 2020. Now that the economy is recovering, many companies are struggling with staffing. Working with a staffing agency is a great way to speed and streamline the hiring process, particularly in our current economic conditions in which workers are in high demand.