Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.
One phenomenon that has been hard to ignore in recent years is a too-common mindset that staffing agencies are a “necessary evil” for both candidates and clients in the job search process; this couldn’t be farther from the truth (although we can only speak for Contemporaries). The following are some positive benefits of partnering with a staffing agency for the long haul from both a client and a candidate standpoint, and I believe you’ll find that they far outweigh any lingering doubts or hints of negativity.
For Clients: The unemployment rate in Massachusetts is currently the 6th lowest in the United States, which means that finding the right candidate is extremely difficult and can be draining on both company time and resources. Contemporaries is not only able to step in and cut out the difficult parts of the sourcing process; but, as our clients continue to disclose to us their specific needs, concerns, goals and company culture, we are able to operate with a clear picture and identify the best candidate for the company, and the role, the first time around.
Unfortunately, not all staffing agencies are consistent about the quality of their candidates. Once the first Contemporaries candidate is placed and proven, a long-term partnership with our staffing agency ensures that future placements will continue to yield the same rate of success. A long-term partnership with an agency is almost always going to be the right way to go, but the partnership is only effective if it’s the right agency; an effective relationship between hiring managers and recruiters should be built on respect, communication and reliability. Quality (provided by a company-culture-focused staffing agency like Contemporaries) should never be compromised for quantity (provided by a large, fill-in-bulk staffing agency) and we’ve found that not all that glitters is gold.
For Candidates: As I’ve mentioned recently, the job market is currently incredibly competitive and trying to claw your way into a great industry (even with that college degree) can feel next to impossible. We realize there are excellent and capable candidates out there becoming discouraged by a low success rate with the application process and getting nervous about that rent check that’s coming due. Thankfully, our CEO’s relationships with our clients cuts through the application and interview process the same way Contemporaries’ staffing expertise cuts down the sourcing process for our clients. Due to our CEO’s proven record of the highest quality placements, Contemporaries has relationships with hiring managers that surpass the resumes and countless interviews. Our goal is to make the right placement not only for our client, but also for our candidates, as we strive for the right long term fit.
A long term relationship with a great recruiter is always beneficial to your end game. If you are looking for a great, permanent job, having a strong and communicative relationship with a recruiter will fast track you to finding the best fit. The clearer a candidate is about their preferences (while maintaining flexibility), goals and any potential obstacles (upcoming vacation plans, etc.), the easier it makes it for your recruiter to know when and where to place you. Once we place a candidate with one of our clients, the majority end up going perm once both parties realize it’s a great fit. Our prerogative is to do our best to ensure you succeed in your assignment and, if possible, negotiate your transition to a permanent role with our client.
In short, a long term partnership with a staffing agency for a client can be the final relief of endless hours swamped with job posting bills, resumes, interviews and failed hires. A long term partnership between a candidate and a recruiter will streamline the job search, offer a direct introduction to a premium company and (hopefully) help you find that permanent fit without all of the trial and error. We’re here to help.