As a skilled labor employer, you’re most likely being affected by the current labor shortage. Without the ability to find, hire, and retain talent, your production and revenue will take a hit. Fortunately, there’s a solution—use a staffing agency.
You might be thinking, “Why hire a recruitment agency when I already have hiring practices in place?” Or, perhaps you’re simply unsure of the benefits of recruitment agencies for employers.
Working with a recruitment agency that specializes in the trades can help you find and hire qualified workers as soon as you need them.
If you want to overcome your staffing shortage and grow your business, we’re glad you’re here.
In this article, we’re going to share why you should use a recruitment agency to find and hire qualified candidates. You’ll also learn:
- What to expect from a recruitment agency
- The advantages of recruitment agencies over in-house recruitment
- What recruitment agency to use
Here’s everything you need to know about using a staffing company to help you find and hire skilled workers.
Why Hire a Recruitment Agency
For businesses that already have an internal HR or recruiting division, hiring an outside staffing agency can seem unnecessary or redundant.
So, why do companies staff through staffing agencies?
The reality is that partnering with a trade labor staffing company can greatly benefit your hiring efforts, even if you already have dedicated in-house recruiters.
So to help you better understand why you should hire a recruitment agency, here are three of the top benefits of recruitment agencies for employers in the trades.
Saves Time and Money
“Why do companies go through temp agencies for trade workers?” Because it saves time and money.
Think about it, how much time (and money) are you or your team spending trying to find and hire qualified candidates?
Any time spent looking for new candidates, reading over resumes, and holding interviews is time away from daily operations and other tasks.
In addition, how many times have you:
- Entered the interview stage and realized the candidate isn’t qualified
- Hired a candidate just to find out they aren’t right for the position
- Seen a new hire leave a few weeks (or days) after they’re hired
Unfortunately, every one of these scenarios is very common—and very frustrating.
Hiring a staffing agency puts all the upfront work of finding, perusing resumes, and handling initial interviews in the hands of the agency. While the staffing agency finds qualified candidates, you’re free to handle other business tasks.
Fills Open Positions Quickly
Another one of the benefits of using employment agencies to recruit employees is that it helps fill positions quickly.
How does working with a staffing agency speed up hiring employees?
The main reason recruiters can hire quickly is that they have a large pool of candidates to choose from. Instead of needing to go “find” potential employees, recruiters already have a large number of workers who have gone through initial recruiting procedures. These workers have already been vetted for experience and skills, you simply need to talk with them to ensure they’re truly a good fit for your company and position.
So, exactly how fast do staffing agencies hire?
Each staffing company will have its own recruiting process, so actual hiring time will vary from company to company. However, most staffing agencies will greatly expedite the rate at which you can hire qualified individuals.
For example, Skillwork already has a large pool of qualified candidates ready to fill open positions. As soon as you connect with Skillwork and tell them what kind of candidate you’re looking for, they can get one to you in as little as three weeks.
Keeps Production High and Increases Revenue
One of the greatest advantages of recruitment agencies is the impact on your overall production and revenue.
The biggest challenge facing most employers in the trade space is the inability to find, hire, and retain staff. When you’re low on workers, production decreases; and when production falls, so does revenue.
Employment agencies provide you with an increased number of staff so that you can keep production and revenue high. With more staff, you won’t miss deadlines or have to turn away clients—when your staff is healthy, then your business will also be healthy.
Now that you have an answer to “Why do companies go through temp agencies?”, let’s look at what a good recruitment agency should be like.
What to Expect From a Good Recruitment Agency
A good recruitment agency will look to collaborate with you from the start. They’ll take the time to talk with you about your company, values, and needs. Rather than simply ask about your open positions, they’ll really dig into who you are as a business so they can find you the best employees possible.
Once they’ve taken time to understand you and your needs, they’ll handle the process of finding and vetting candidates by:
- Setting up job-specific requirements
- Screening resumes by hand
- Reaching out to candidates to validate experience, skills, and certifications
- Administer personality, aptitude, and skills assessments
- Interviewing candidates
- Perform a final review of candidates
Once the top candidates have gone through this process, you’ll only talk with the ones that suit your company’s needs and values. This process ensures that you have access to high-quality and experienced candidates who can add value from day one.
What Recruitment Agency to Use
Finding, hiring, and retaining skilled workers is the most important factor for labor employers looking to keep production high and increase revenue. Unfortunately, the current labor shortage has made hiring employees very difficult.
But for those who recognize the challenge and are willing to do whatever it takes to get qualified workers, there’s a solution—working with a recruiting agency.
Three of the many benefits of using employment agencies to recruit employees include:
- Saving time and money
- Filling open positions quickly
- Keeping production high and increasing revenue
Let’s face it, the skilled labor shortage isn’t getting any better and old recruiting practices just aren’t cutting it. With all the benefits that can come with using a recruiter, it may be time to consider changing your hiring practices and giving a staffing agency a shot.
At Skillwork, we focus on helping trade labor employers hire and retain skilled workers. Our proven 8-step recruiting process allows us to find employers the right employee to fill their open positions. Whether you’re in the manufacturing or commercial construction industries, we can provide you with the workers you need to:
- Grow your business
- Meet your deadlines
- Reduce risk
Talk with a Skillwork Recruiter today to learn more about how we can help your business run more smoothly and profitably.