A Recruiter: More Than Your Last Resort

A Recruiter: More Than Your Last Resort

Employment

We get it. You’ve heard the rumors about staffing companies. You think a staffing company wouldn’t know your skills, qualifications, and values that you analyze during your job search. What could they possibly do that you can’t? You are a great candidate and you have a lot to offer to companies. Of course, you can find your own job.

However, even though there are more job openings now than in the last 14 years, hiring is currently at its slowest pace since 2014. While you might be a great candidate, it can still be tough to find a job. Finding a job is a whole job in itself! If you have other obligations in your life, like taking care of a family, it can be hard to find the time and resources to continue a job search. It can be exhausting and bear no results for all of your effort.

The good news is this: a staffing company is not your last resort!

Turning to a staffing company may feel like defeat – like you didn’t have it in you to do it on your own. But that’s not true. Turning to a staffing company is probably the best thing you can do for yourself if you don’t have any personal connections to a job opening. Recruiters work with companies every single day, and know where the open jobs are. They know how each of these companies work, and what you need to get the job. They can expertly manage your skills and values to align them to a job that fits.

You are not in this alone.

A recruiter will recognize that you are a great candidate, and they will fight to get you a job you deserve. In the meantime, you can take a breather from your job search and have faith that your recruiter will find something for you. It’s hard enough being out of work and trying not to revert to something below your qualifications. It’s even worse that statistics say 70-80 percent of job openings aren’t made public. These are the jobs recruiters can find and will connect you with.

You are a marketable worker.

You have the skills and drive to excel at a job, so you should be a real contestant in the running for an open position. You shouldn’t have to work day in and day out just to get rejection letters – so let a recruiter help you. They aren’t in it for the commission, and they aren’t there just to fill a space with your name. They see you as a person with real value, and can probably find a job better suited for you than you could have found on your own.

Realize that maybe, just maybe, a recruiter should be your first resort, and definitely not your last.

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3 Reasons Slow Hiring is Killing Your Business

3 Reasons Slow Hiring is Killing Your Business

Hiring

You may have previously seen the article about finding the “perfect squirrel” for your organization, or the perfect candidate who can excel your business to the next level. Every company wants one – and they are out there – but what could it cost your company to keep searching and searching for these rare candidates?

Aside from the obvious monetary costs of a lengthy hiring process, it can seriously hurt your company in other too. The truth is, sometimes it isn’t worth your while to have an ongoing search for the “perfect” candidate, and here’s why:

  1. The perfect candidate doesn’t actually exist.While there are some remarkable employees out there in the world, it can be impossible to find one that checks all of your boxes. Prioritize what you need your employee to be able to do, and be prepared to train for the rest. Remember, you can train job functions, but you can’t train attitude. It might just be better to do a faster search for a candidate with great potential and enthusiasm, and hire for that rather than wait for a purple squirrel to show up.
  2. You miss the opportunity to hire a great candidate. An ongoing and lengthy search for the perfect candidate will force you to put great candidates on hold – and remember, this is an employee-driven market. The best employees will have other options, and they won’t wait around for you to make that decision. Your competition will end up with your great potential employee if you leave them waiting too long.
  3. Your current employees will burn out. Between balancing their daily tasks and searching for a new team member, your hiring managers and HR staff can burn out. If this process takes too long, they are sure to lose interest in the candidate search, and begin delivering subpar work from their usual standards. It’s a lose-lose situation all around, and can be cured by a quicker hiring process.

While you may desire to find the perfect employee, a lengthy hiring process likely won’t help – no matter how thorough you think it is. In most cases it is more efficient to have a quicker, streamlined process that will find a great candidate who can perform the most important job functions and is ready to start learning the job right away.

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A Recruiter: More Than Your Last Resort

We get it. You’ve heard the rumors about staffing companies. You think a staffing company wouldn’t know your skills, qualifications, and values that you analyze during your job search. What could they possibly do that you can’t? You are a great candidate and you have a lot to offer to companies. Of course, you can find your own job.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Applying with a Staffing Firm

The Do’s and Don’ts of Applying with a Staffing Firm

Job Search

So have you ever applied with a staffing agency and never got a call back?  Or if you did get an opportunity it wasn’t the right one?  Or are you in the job market place today and you’ve never worked with a staffing agency and you’re wondering how to apply with one?

Aaron Grossman, the President and founder of TalenLaunch,  shares with you the do’s and don’ts of applying with a staffing agency.

Do’s:

  • Research. Make sure you’re applying with the right agency for you! There’s basically two types of agencies:  generalist agencies and specialized agencies.
  • Interview. Make sure that you dress properly and discuss the positives and the negatives of your career path.
  • Follow-up. Once you’ve actually registered and applied and interviewed with a staffing agency, you’re going to be one of the thousands of people that are literally in a staffing firm’s database.  If you simply follow up, you will be top of mind.

Don’ts:

  • Skills: Do not put skills in your application that you don’t have.  This can hinder the recruiter’s ability to find the right job for you and could lead to jobs that you’re not qualified for.
  • Desperation:  Times are tough and and we all know that. However if you come across as desperate, you may show the wrong motivation that could damage your career path.
  • Treat the staffing agency like your Employer: Treat it like an employer because that’s what they are going to be for you, they are going to be signing your paychecks when you land an assignment. So make sure that when you’re coming in for the interview that you’re treating it as such.
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Regulatory demands require the right people to ensure compliance

Regulatory demands require the right people to ensure compliance

Employee Expertise

Our Experts | Marc Kotora
Marc Kotora, Brand Leader, Alliance Scientific Solutions

Marc Kotora, Brand Leader, Alliance Scientific Solutions

Originally published by Smart Business.

In the U.S., there’s been a greater demand for food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical devices that are either produced abroad or are made with materials acquired outside the country. With that increase in production, hiring people with the right kind of experience to deal with global regulatory compliance has been dramatically affected as well.

“The manufacturing environment has become increasingly complex because companies across the globe are connected within the supply chain,” says Marc Kotora, managing director at Alliance Scientific Solutions.

“The skill and specialization needed to be successful in this expansive marketplace hinges entirely on a company’s workforce. It’s imperative that businesses find ways to bring the best talent into their companies to remain competitive,” he says.

Smart Business spoke with Kotora about the competitive landscape and how to find the right people for the job.

Where are the greater needs in terms of position and industry?

Global production of products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has quadrupled during the past decade. The ingredients and components originate from more than 150 countries, and involve 130,000 importers at 300,000 foreign facilities. This has triggered an increase in demand for people with a working science background and experience dealing with regulatory agencies who can help align businesses with their strategic partners, suppliers and vendors across the globe. These areas of focus include quality control, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, compliance, documentation and engineering departments.

Who can fill these positions?

An academic background in biology, chemistry and engineering is helpful, but it’s better that candidates have on-the-job experience. The most desirable candidates have had interactions directly or indirectly with the FDA or other global regulatory agencies such as the European Medicines Agency or Canadian Medical Devices Regulations.

How are employers finding the right talent?

Many companies are proactive in seeking this type of talent. They will post positions and assemble internal talent acquisition teams that are led by internal hiring managers. They work with an internal applicant tracking system to find, vet and hire the right talent for their needs. Keeping the hiring process in-house, however, might mean missing out on the highest-level talent.

The best candidates are typically employed. Certainly, there are talented people without a permanent job, but many of the best-fit candidates are currently working. Professional service firms can access candidates through their deep referral network and offer them new opportunities.

What can companies do to ensure they have the talent necessary to compete?

At a minimum, companies working in the affected fields will need experienced internal talent acquisition teams or third-party sourcing partners, a strong employee retention strategy, robust training programs, and branding strategies that promote awareness in the market place to attract the best talent to support hiring initiatives.

The specific knowledge and experience necessary to fill these positions has many companies reaching out to professional service firms to supply the most qualified candidates. Recruitment process outsourcing allows companies to tap into the deep industry knowledge of the professional service firms that are able to thoroughly vet candidates. An outsourced firm has the industry knowledge to find the types of candidates that best fit the position by tapping into its vast referral network of industry leaders. Firms working in the talent acquisition field have a great deal of experience recruiting specific types of candidates and are good at recognizing the most applicable skill sets.

The specialization and experience needed to fill these high-demand positions means there are few highly qualified candidates available. Companies will be at war with each other to acquire the best talent. Businesses that don’t have the internal resources should consider utilizing recruitment process outsourcing or professional services firms to keep the pipeline of candidates full.

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We get it. You’ve heard the rumors about staffing companies. You think a staffing company wouldn’t know your skills, qualifications, and values that you analyze during your job search. What could they possibly do that you can’t? You are a great candidate and you have a lot to offer to companies. Of course, you can find your own job.