3 Tips for Following up with Your Recruiter

Posted September 19, 2013

When’s the last time you checked in with your staffing vendor? If you haven’t had an urgent or specific requisition to fill lately, chances are it’s been awhile. And if it’s been awhile, you may want to follow up with them, to make sure they’re keeping up with their end of the bargain.

  • When you signed on with them, did your staffing and recruiting firm tell you that they are constantly striving to build a talent network? Probably. But do you know how they go about doing so? If all they’re doing is putting up generic job postings to try and collect resumes, you’re not getting your money’s worth. Yes, they have to post some jobs. It’s a necessary step to make people aware of their availability. But you want your agency to go beyond the “post and pray” strategy—you want to see evidence that they are truly doing the footwork to develop the “network of professionals with the experience and expertise to solve your organization’s unique needs” that they most likely promised you.
  • Does this staffing firm have the local abilities and the national coverage you need? Yes, it’s always great to support local vendors, but if you work for a large corporation, there are going to be times when you have to find people outside your usual geographical parameters.  If your vendor doesn’t have a national presence, do they partner with someone who does? Or with several other, smaller companies that they can call upon to help you? Check in with your firm to see what coverage model they use, or just ask them how they work to source candidates outside of your immediate area.
  • Finally, can your staffing vendor keep up with your demands? Did they tell  you that they can cover everything from a one-off assignment to handling your long-term staffing needs? If you only need them to fill the occasional requisition, you’re probably okay with most agencies. But if you’re constantly in need of new people, whether for replacements or additions, or if you have regular, seasonal hiring peaks, you need a firm that can create a “virtual bench” for you.

The best time to partner with a great staffing firm is all the time. You never know who you might need, or when, or where. Make sure the firm you’ve hired can keep their promises. Employers across the Southeast know that they can depend on Team Ambassador – we keep our promises! If you are looking for staffing agencies, contact Ambassador today.