by Mary Gormandy White, MA, SPHR, Direct of Corporate Training and Consulting Services for MTI Business Solutions
Do you need to hire someone to help out with your small business on a temporary or project basis? Is it time to add another person to your team? Maybe you have a special project going on that requires an extra pair of hands for a specific time frame or your business has grown to the point where you need assistance on the busiest days of the week or times of the month. Whether you’re looking for part time or full time help on a temporary or regular basis, it’s a good idea to consider using a staffing agency to find the right person to help you rather than trying to do so yourself.
Stay Focused for Small Business Success
As a small business owner, there are so many things that you have to take care of on your own that it makes sense to outsource time consuming tasks that are outside of your area of expertise. Working with a staffing agency allows you to remain focused on your business rather than having to take time away from working on accomplishing your ultimate goals and objectives to go through the lengthy process of searching for individual best suited for your particular needs. Working with a staffing agency can help you stay productive in your business while someone else puts the legwork into the process of identifying ideal candidates for the position that you need to fill.
What to Expect from a Staffing Agency
A good staffing agency will handle advertising for applications, reviewing resumes, screening and interviewing applicants, performing skill assessments, and even take care of drug testing and any other pre-employment requirements that may be applicable to the position you need to fill. The company will identify the top candidates for the position you have available and send them to you for interviews. You’ll be able to talk with applicants who have already been pre-qualified without having to invest a significant amount of your own time and energy to get to that point.
Once you provide the staffing agency you select with details about what type of help you need and what hours you need the person to be able to work, the company will go to work looking for the best person for you. You won’t pay anything until the right person is found, and you’ll have final say over final selection of which qualified applicant sent to you for a final interview will be hired.
Small Businesses and Staffing Agencies: The Bottom Line
There’s no better way to handle the process of hiring a new employee if you want to be able to stay productive and focused on the day to day operations of your home business throughout the process rather than getting bogged down in reviewing and filtering through stacks of applications to find the workers that you need to continue servicing your customers and building your business.
About the Author
Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SPHR is the Director of Training and Consulting Services for Mobile Technical Institute & MTI Business Solutions, where she specializes in human resources, management, and public relations training and consulting. She teaches business training seminars in Mobile, AL and provides on-site corporate training and conference presentations throughout the U.S., as well as human resource management and public relations consulting services. She is also the author of 101 Human Resource Management Tips and 101 Successful PR Campaign Tips in the LifeTips book series.