The Benefits of Utilizing Staffing Firms During Expansion

Apr. 30, 2018 Hiring Strategies


Expanding is an exciting experience for any company. Whether it be expanding to a bigger space, expanding to a new city or state, or just adding significant headcount to your current office – expansion usually means new faces and new opportunities. In times of growth, your best partner could be a staffing firm. Below you’ll find a few key benefits as to why you should partner with staffing firms during expansion.

A Faster Hiring Process

Speed-to-fill isn’t just some catchy phrase. It’s a real metric that many staffing firms – including Parker –routinely monitor and measure. Speed-to-fill (also referenced as time-to-fill) is simply just measuring the time it takes from receiving a job order to placing someone in the job. Companies who don’t have large, well-established recruiting teams may not have the time and manpower to make speed-to-fill a priority.

According to Glassdoor, the average length of the hiring process in the United States is 23.8 days. That’s almost 24 days of back and forth with candidates. In hot hiring markets like Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington DC, candidates that companies have in play can drop off quickly. Before you can even get to the second round of interviews, they’re accepting an offer elsewhere.

Companies who understand this problem turn to staffing firms to fill their roles quickly and efficiently. Parker, for example, has a strategy we call “Sub-24”. Sub-24 is an effort to get at least one fully-qualified candidate submitted to a client for review within 24 hours of receiving the job order. The faster you see candidates submitted for consideration, the faster you can start the hiring process.

A Consultative Resource & Expert Knowledge

When you partner with a staffing firm, you’re partnering with people who live, breathe and sleep hiring. Having experts on your side can be a major benefit, especially if your organization doesn’t have a fully flushed out HR and recruiting team. Developing relationships with the recruiters and your account manager is always a win-win. They get the opportunity to fully understand your organization’s culture and hiring needs, and you get the opportunity to inquire about hiring-related questions and issues.

Seek out firms with many combined years of experience paired with some of the major staffing and HR-related certifications, including:

  • PHR or SPHR, Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources
  • CSP, Certified Staffing Professional
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional or Senior Certified Professional
  • CSC, Certified Search Consultant

A Focus on Planning, Not Hiring

Planning an expansion is extremely time-consuming – from auditing to see if there’s an opportunity all the way to getting the keys to the new office. There are so many steps in between that strategizing and planning your company’s growth spurt almost becomes a full-time job. While you’re focusing on the logistics of an expansion, a staffing partner will seek out the candidates you need to fill these new positions for you.

Staffing Firms Handle the Nitty-Gritty – Administration, HR, & Payroll – During Assignments

No question that staffing firms can handle the initial hiring for you; however, did you also know that by utilizing contract and contract-to-hire professionals, staffing firms like Parker will also manage all aspects of a contractor’s assignment? This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Time tracking & weekly payroll
  • Attendance
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Performance coaching and management
  • Employment documentation (I9s, W4s, employment agreements etc.)

EXPANDING? LET PARKER BE YOUR PARTNER.

It’s clear that there are benefits of having a staffing partner during times of major company growth. Parker comes with 4 CSPs, a PHR, and decades of experience in the staffing industry. When you’re ready to grow, we’re ready to help.

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