EZine Article How Staffing Agencies Work
Managing and maintaining thousands of resumes of applicants and job seekers, staffing agencies act and provide the human resource needs for their clients. Staffing companies provide the service of matching job seekers to corporate or small business clients and vice versa, finding qualified personnel who have skills that their clients need as well. Even if some temp agencies are catered more toward a specific sector of the job market, they all function the same way. >
The staffing company would first receive a list full of requirements provided by the clients of the job positions opened in their company that need to be filled. The employment agency then will create a job post with the description given and filter through potential applicants trying to find the right match for the client and the applicant.
The main focus for temp agencies is to match each applicant with a job and to achieve this, there will be an initial interview with the staffing agency to help both sides to get to know each other and see what type of a position the applicant is looking for, as is the case with staffing for paralegals. In the initial interview, staffing agencies might ask candidates to take professional skills test, such as a typing test, to determine the candidate’s ability to work in a specific position. These assessment tests also give staffing companies an advantage matching the right applicant to the client at the same time, showing proof to the client that the applicant’s skills they introduce have been validated for the position.
The staffing agency would set up an interview between the future employer and the employee once the staffing company believes they found the right client and applicant with an open position, after the assessment tests. When selecting a candidate, there are two options the employer has when hiring – they can hire the applicant on a short-term or long-term basis.
The employer will pay the staffing agency directly if the client only wants to hire the applicant on a temporary basis. The agency would then pay the applicant on an agreed upon salary until he/she is hired permanently. Most temp agencies will charge a one-time fee that the client will pay, after the agreed upon time set by both parties.