When was the last time you had more than a five-minute conversation with your staffing agency?
If you are tired of being sent resumes of unqualified candidates, it’s time to give your staffing agency a call and have a real conversation with them.
Before you pick up the phone or shoot off an e-mail, check out the following tips for working well with an agency:
Treat the agency as a valued business partner. The agency is going to be working as an extension of your company, and by taking the time to explain your business and specific job requirements to them, you will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the candidates sent to your company.
Don’t wait until the day before you need someone to call the agency. That does not leave much time for the agency to track down the right candidate for the job. The recruiting process takes time. Give the agency as much notice as possible. Don’t make the agency’s job harder than it has to be.
Specify what skills the candidate needs to have and other specific requirements. Your agency will appreciate the guidance and you will appreciate the results.
Offer the agency feedback. Let them know what you did and did not like about the person/resume they sent you. Your feedback is critical in helping them to understand your company and its needs better so they can provide you with the best possible match on placements. Both positive and negative feedback is welcomed and very much appreciated.