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What to Look for in a Staffing Provider

Being in the recruiting business, we talk to a lot of clients about what they’re looking for in a staffing provider. Most want things like industry expertise and geographic coverage. Some want their staffing provider to be involved in the community and to promote diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. But, in our experience, all of them want a robust and efficient delivery model. After all, little else matters if your recruiting partner can’t deliver on talent.

It’s All in the Delivery

Delivery—AKA recruitment—is a critical way a staffing partner can add value to your recruiting process. Without an effective model, a firm won’t be able to fill your requestions. So, if you’re in the market for a staffing provider, make sure they’re an organization that can put more than one set of eyes on an open position to ensure you find the right candidate for the job. But be on the lookout. Some staffing firms are only focused on their time-to-fill rate, and will throw any ole consultant at you in hopes of securing a placement. This isn’t a good approach for anybody: That recruiter and that firm earn themselves a bad rep. The candidate is unhappy. And worst of all, you – the client – are out money, and have to reinitiate the process all over again. There are, of course, firms out there too that don’t have a bench or have zero built-in relationships and will take weeks to provide a single qualified applicant.

The Differentiators

An experienced staffing provider, however, can deliver quality talent in a timely fashion, already having several recruitment funnels and pipelines in place before setting out to fill a req. At Planet, for instance, we have networks of recruiters dedicated to forging national relationships with passive and active candidates. Proficient recruiting teams will not only spend the day responding to job orders and client requests, but are also actively building out their pipelines in multiple geographies with candidates of varying expertise and backgrounds: From java developers at large corporations to UX designers working at startups.

The best staffing organizations will have a depth of recruiting resources coupled with a nuanced understanding of the market. When we at Planet are engaged for staffing services, we can seamlessly divert resources to find qualified candidates on your behalf. This process only becomes more efficient over time, as we deepen our understanding of your particular technology needs. We’ve been in this business a while. So we know from experience most staffing providers are only concerned with making that next placement. This, ironically, undermines their entire delivery model altogether because they haven’t put in the work to understand the market or you, the client. This isn’t the case with Planet. We’ve done the work to build relationships with communities of talent, helping us find referrals and fill positions even faster.

The Takeaway

Regardless of your company size or industry, an efficient delivery model should be at the top of your  list of priorities in a staffing partner. From there you can build a working, mutually beneficial relationship enabling you to secure top talent. Remember, a successful staffing engagement ultimately boils down to whether your provider can present quality applicants.  So, if you have questions about running a search, or Planet’s commitment to delivery, feel free to contact us directly!

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