President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
The thought of having to hire additional staff can be very daunting. The process can be costly and time consuming, and, as an employer, you have to consider many things before you begin your search. What is your budget and what are your needs? Are you looking to fill a full-time, permanent role or do you need staffing for a specific, time-sensitive project? Whatever your needs, consider using a staffing agency to help you along the way. Listed below are a few viable recruiting options that staffing agencies can help with.
Hiring Temporary Staff
When you hear temporary hire, you may think of short-term coverage – covering for someone who is ill, on vacation or on sick/maternity leave. However, you can also hire temporary staff for your busy season. You can even hire them if you find yourself understaffed for an upcoming long-term project.
Although the upfront costs can be higher than what you would pay a regular permanent employee, you’ll end up saving more money in the end. You do not have to worry about advertising costs for having to post the new position online or in newspapers. You’ll save on payroll taxes and fees, as the staffing agency absorbs these costs. Additionally, you’ll save time and money on recruiting because the agency does all of the legwork for you. It is the agency’s responsibility to interview, screen and vet the employees, sending you only the candidates who meet your specified qualifications.
Are you in need of filling a full-time position but a bit uneasy about committing to a permanent offer up front? Then this would be the best option for you. A temp-perm hire can be compared to Amazon’s new Prime Wardrobe. You get to “try out” the new hire for a set period of time to see if he/she is the right fit for you and the business’s needs.
This hiring option gives you the opportunity assess the employee’s performance while having the ease of mind knowing that you didn’t shell out a lot of money upfront if thing don’t work out. Moreover, because there is no obligation to keep the employee unless you’re 100% satisfied, this option makes you to feel a bit more secure with your hiring decision.
Although being the most expensive option, direct hire staffing attracts better skilled candidates, as the position is a permanent hire. Candidates flock to positions that are “guaranteed” rather than one that can end at any given moment.
Furthermore, this option eliminates the pre-screening process for you, as the staffing agency does all of the due diligence. The agency interviews only pre-screened, qualified personnel, sending you the right candidates based on your requirements and needs. Most notably, a staffing agency possesses the resources to find high-level talent than most employers may have. It is a recruiters’ job to dish out the time to interview, screen and vet candidates. This is precious time that you may not be able to devote.
If you have any questions about hiring, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at 212-244-2777.