23Aug
Working with a professional recruiter, whether an employer or employee, can be one of the best decisions, as there are many benefits.

For the employer:

  • It opens the door to quality candidates who would otherwise be working privately with a professional recruiter.
  • It saves valuable time since the recruiter manages all the details of the process of weeding through all prospects.
  • It saves money as a quality recruiter will know what you’re looking for and is invested in you, saving you time and money retraining someone new.
  • Their experience allows them to help you navigate an accurate job description and drill down your company’s cultural needs.

For the employee:

  • Since employers don’t openly advertise openings, a recruiter will have insight into more opportunities.
  • You will have more visibility as companies who realize the benefit of working with a recruiter will prioritize who they bring to them.
  • Expert advice from a recruiter is invaluable as they’ve been through this process many times and understand the needs of their clients, the employer.
  • If you’re currently employed, a professional recruiter will ensure complete privacy so that you don’t jeopardize your current position.

The above points highlight just some of the benefits of using the services of a professional recruiter. However, there is something we didn’t address, and it should be one of the most crucial requirements to look for when partnering with a reputable company.

When interviewing a potential recruiter, you need to ask about their experience in your industry. To further narrow the questions, drill down to the specific positions you need to fill within that industry.

Many recruiters claim to be able to work with every sector, which makes it challenging to keep up with focusing on top talent in every field.

Sure, you may give them all the questions you would like covered, but if they don’t know how to dissect and analyze the responses, you may end up meeting with unqualified candidates and wasting your valuable time.

For instance, let’s say you’re a technology company. Someone with just a general knowledge of that industry won’t be familiar with the necessary terms, acronyms, and skill levels to properly communicate with the employer and potential candidates. A recruiter who specializes in specific industries will continuously take steps to educate themselves in that industry.

When the recruiter is actively interviewing on your behalf and demonstrate their clear knowledge of your company and the position they’re seeking to fill, you look better to prospects.

This level of understanding attracts top talent who may help fill a future pipeline with people like themselves.

Think about it, which option would you choose:

A recruiter with “General” Experience with some understanding of your industry but wouldn’t be able to hold a professional, knowledge-based conversation with a potential candidate.

OR

A recruiter with “Specialized” Experience who lives and breathes your industry who can ask the right questions to separate the “fakes” from the qualified talent
Your employees enable your company to continue to move forward and grow. Do your research and trust your unique search needs to professionals who genuinely understand your business.
15Feb
Are you ready to expand your team, but you dread the process and know that it can be expensive if you make the wrong hire? Taking on the hiring challenge on your own is possible, but when you engage the services of a professional staffing solutions firm, you have more possibilities available to you.
  • A larger pool of qualified talents, many of whom are "passive," meaning they are currently employed and aren't actively putting their name out there. However, they are open to discussing the possibility with a trusted recruiter.
  • You won't have to dedicate your staff members to help with the search as the recruiter will do most of the heavy lifting. This is especially helpful when it's pertinent to keep the talent hire confidential.
  • The process is usually quicker as the recruiter has systems to narrow the list to include the "A" candidates.
  • You can choose a recruiter specializing in the field you're seeking to hire. For instance, if you're looking for top talent in the technology industry, a company that "lives" in that arena will have the most connections and experience when it comes to pre-screening candidates.

I’m interested in hiring a recruiter. How do I make the most of the relationship for the best results? To follow are some tips to help make the search successful.

Clear Communication

A good recruiter will be very insightful and know the right questions to ask you. You must be open and honest about your needs. Make sure to include the skills & experience needed to perform the job and the type of work environment they should expect. There is no right or wrong answer, but it will help the recruiter give a clearer picture, which helps secure a better fit.

Industry Knowledge

Top candidates generally seek out recruiters who understand their areas of expertise. When the recruiter has experience in their industry, it gives them the upper hand to weed out those who may not be all that their resume claims. And, they’ll have a good handle on the terminology when you are working together on the job description.

There are many reasons to develop a
relationship
with a qualified recruiting agency.

  • They get to know your company culture.
  • They can help develop job descriptions that make sense and attract top talent.
  • They will keep you in the loop when someone quietly seeks a change but needs to be careful, so they don't alert their current employer.

Streamlined Process

A recruiter does much more than find the ideal candidate. They handle all of the time-consuming pieces such as:
Initial interviews | Skills assessment | Reference checks

Will Take Action if Things Don’t Go as Planned

Before you agree to work with a recruiting firm, make sure they have a strong services agreement in place should a placement not work out.

 

No matter how much due diligence is performed, there are occasions when it is not a good fit. The candidate checked off all the boxes, but sometimes life happens. You need to make sure you are working with a solid recruiting firm that will be there to pick up the pieces and find a replacement.

Your company is your baby, and every team member is vital to its success. And, your time is a commodity as it’s essential to focus on your core business instead of getting caught up in an area that may not be your strongest skill. A good recruiting firm will act as an extension of your team, and everything they do will be in your company’s best interest.
If you would like to test the waters and learn more about how partnering with an experienced, knowledgeable and honest recruiting firm can benefit your company, give us a shout. We would love to get to learn more about your business.
06Jan
A popular New Year’s resolution is to find increased success in your career. Whether that means looking for a new job, aiming for a promotion, or pivoting into a completely different industry, there are many ways to attract your dream employer.
One of the best strategies to develop into a “top candidate” is by continuing to learn new skills. To get started, begin by trying one of these four steps toward personal growth while gaining the knowledge that will help you stand out from the competition.

Take a Class

There are many in-person and virtual class options to help you learn new skills. While it’s always beneficial to brush up on the requirements of your current position, exploring a new capability can broaden your horizons. Even if you aren’t seeking new employment, the ongoing dedication to lifelong learning will demonstrate to your current employer that you want to make yourself more of an asset. A quick search online can return many potential opportunities, or check with your manager to see if there are any company-sponsored classes where you can take advantage of learning that’s already in place.

Attend a Seminar

There are many in-person and virtual class options to help you learn new skills. While it’s always beneficial to brush up on the requirements of your current position, exploring a new capability can broaden your horizons. Even if you aren’t seeking new employment, the ongoing dedication to lifelong learning will demonstrate to your current employer that you want to make yourself more of an asset. A quick search online can return many potential opportunities, or check with your manager to see if there are any company-sponsored classes where you can take advantage of learning that’s already in place.

Get a Certification

If you are looking to jump into a new industry, certifications can help propel your career. Pursuing a relevant certification will show your existing, or potential employer that you have specific skills, even if you don’t necessarily have years of experience in that area. There are hundreds of certification options, depending on what you would like to learn, that can be completed in a day or could take many months. Make sure to do your research on the company offering the certification to make sure that it is legitimate and well respected in your field.

Find a Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteering allows you to learn new skills while also giving back to your community. Talk about a win-win! Numerous organizations are happy to trade education for your time and willingness to support their mission. Becoming a board member for a non-profit or helping to plan a local fundraising event are great ways to grow the “skills” section of your resume while seeking a new opportunity.
After learning a new skill, Lone Star Staffing Solutions can help you find an employer that values your growing talents.

We specialize in understanding the unique needs of employees and employers by facilitating connections that are beneficial for everyone.

Contact our team today and achieve your resolutions early by finding your perfect employment fit!