Finding Long-Term Associates Through A Staffing Agency

Finding Long Term Employees Through a Staffing AgencyIs there a great candidate or associate that you are looking to hire long term, but know they have had a history of hopping from one assignment to another? Here are some tips on how you can convert an associate that is used to short term assignments to stay  on a long term assignment with your company by using a staffing agency.


Staffing Companies Ask About The Associates Long-Term Goals.

We are able to pre-vet candidates by asking about their long-term goals. If their long-term goals involve making a career change, moving out-of-state, or not wanting to work, we can safely assume that they wouldn’t be a serious long-term temporary associate for your company.

Look at Their Employment History.

Past behavior is a strong predictor of future behavior, so we carefully study each candidates’ employment history. If they seem to jump from job to job every few weeks or months (and it’s their choice), we may have reason to believe that they  may not be looking for a long-term assignment. To make sure that isn’t the case, we ask associates why they may have hopped from one assignment to another. They may just be looking for the right fit and that could be with your company.

Foresee Why They Wouldn’t Stay Long-Term.

If we don’t see any glaring red flags why they wouldn’t be a serious long-term associate, we always come right out and ask them: “Is there any reason why you wouldn’t want to stay at this company longer than six months?” Hopefully, they will be honest enough with us so we can gauge whether or not they’re a good fit for placement at a company like yours.

Tell the Associate Why They Would Want to Stay Long Term With Your Company.

We want to make sure the associates understand why our clients’ companies are a good fit for them. Make sure you let the staffing company know what benefits your company may have for their associates that work for you through a staffing agency. Do you have free snacks, generous breaks, large break room, growth opportunities, or great work environment? Make it known why it’s a great place to work long term and if there is a future for the associates there.

If you’re looking to hire associates from a staffing agency, contact Award Staffing. We have the experience to help place associates on assignment that are both long and short term.

Get Specific at Your Interview

If you’re interviewing for jobs, you likely have been told the “correct” answers you should give so as not to mess anything up for yourself. However, you might want to rethink some of that advice if you want to stand out in your interviewer’s mind. Here’s how to avoid giving vague interview answers:

Disguising a Strength as a Weakness

Everyone knows that they’re “supposed to” disguise a strength as a weakness. However, everyone does this, so this answer is no longer relevant! To stand out, try giving a weakness you used to have; you can combat the negative stigma by telling them how you overcame it. This will show that you are honest, self-aware, and willing to try hard to fix your mistakes.

Not Being Specific about the Company.

If you aren’t specific enough about why you want to work at that company, you are hurting yourself in your interview. It’s easy enough to go into an interview and tell the interviewer that you want to work at that job because you want to make the world a better place. It’s harder (but much more impressive) to tell the interviewer that you want to work at that job because you admire the C.E.O. for the work she did while in Africa two years ago. Being specific about the job shows that you care.

Selling Yourself Short.

Don’t be vague about your skills, interests, or work history. Doing so means that you are selling yourself short, which is never good in an interview. You want to be specific with examples about what you are good at, because you may find that your interviewer is interested in using you for multiple skills.

If you are looking for a job, whether short-term or long-term, contact Award Staffing.

Don’t Be Caught Short Staffed During the Holidays

The holidays can be a fun, busy, and stressful time for everyone -, especially business owners. In the middle of all the commotion, it can be easy to forget the needs of your business. For the most part, the holidays increase business, so here’s what you can do to make sure you’re not short-staffed during the holidays.

Start Looking for Help Now.

If you can start hiring holiday help in early November, you should be good to go. People start falling into holiday mode a few days before Thanksgiving, so you will need to make sure that your staff is equipped before then. Give yourself ample time to find reputable candidates and train them before you throw them on the job.

Anticipate Holiday Rushes.

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve are likely to be your busiest days because that’s when people are rushing around. If you can anticipate your busy times based off of foot traffic stats from previous years, you should be able to staff your store or company accordingly.

Expect Increased Time-Off Requests.

The employees who have been with you for a while will likely have an increasing need for time off, so you will also need to take that into account. It’s a good idea to give your regular staff a break, so you can always look for people who are specifically available to work on holidays. These could be people traveling away from their families, students who stayed in town, or people who just need the extra money.

If you’ve identified a need for extra help during the Holidays, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find staff that can work during the holidays so you can focus on keeping your business running.