It's not uncommon for an employer to balk at the idea of using a creative employment agency to fill a position. After all, your internal department of managers and human resource professionals know your brand and the corporate culture you're trying to maintain. It's also common to hear employers talk about their ability to find candidates for less money and in less time than those associated with working with a staffing firm. However, for most clients of staffing agencies, the opposite is the case. Think of a creative staffing agency as outsourcing at its finest. In the modern world, we're not building our homes or farming our own plot of land for food. Instead, we have specialization so that one person or a group of people with superior experience and skills perform those tasks. This often leads to cheaper goods, faster delivery and better quality. Staffing professionals specialize in making smart hiring decisions and selecting candidates because that's what they focus on.
Benefits of using a creative employment agency:
1) Decreased hiring budgets. It costs a company money to have a position left empty because of decreased productivity. In addition, those managers or human resource professionals in your organization who are charged with overseeing hiring for a new person are being distracted from their primary function. A staffing professional is only focusing on finding, interviewing and screening for the right candidates – it's his or her primary job function. By hiring a creative employment staffing professional, you're ensuring that someone is directing all of his or her attention to selecting the right candidate for your business.
2) Reduced candidate search time. Similar to the reduction in costs associated with hiring when using a staffing professional, the outsourcing? option also decreases search time. Because staffing professionals are only focused on finding a quality candidate for you, instead of paying attention to other duties, they are able to do so more quickly. In addition, staffing professionals immersed in the industry of employment have access to databases and first-hand knowledge of qualified candidates who are on the market that may fit your needs.
3) Greater network access. If your business is looking for a creative professional, where else would you turn to but a creative employment agency? Staffing professionals who specialize in this industry are aware of the current trends and have a greater network within the creative sector. The larger network of available workers that recruiters are privy to allows them to select the right candidate for your business. In addition, staffing professionals who specialize in the industry already have a go-to list of potential candidates who may proven themselves talented and dependable so there's less of an unknown factor when hiring these individuals.
4) Improved candidate screening. Staffing professionals who work within the creative sector understand the characteristics and quality of work that is expected from a professional in various industries. They understand what a graphic artist is expected to be able to accomplish five years into his or her career or how a marketing manager is expected to conduct himself in a meeting after 10-plus years in the industry. This knowledge of the creative sector allows a staffing professional to provide you with the ideal candidate who meets your needs. This ensures that you're not asking for a 10-year plus veteran to start at a position lower than his or her capabilities – decreasing the chance of retention – but that you're still able to hire someone offering all the qualities you are looking for.