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Michelle Palasek has 20 years in the staffing industry working in sales and marketing operations. She currently serves as a Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist at SGA.

Value of Using an External Agency for Staffing in This Tech Market


Technology touches every business today. As such IT talent isn’t reserved for the. – internet service providers (ISPs) and managed service providers (MSPs), hardware and software as a service (SaaS) suppliers, or AI and robotics companies designated as the technology sector. It encompasses aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, film, financial services, gaming, virtual reality (VR), social media, smart home, solar, nanotech, and countless other areas of interest.

Despite a recent spate of big tech layoffs within the industry, it seems that there are plenty of jobs to go around, particularly at small and mid-size companies. Industries that aren’t strictly under the technology banner are also trying to nab tech professionals, with financial institutions and government agencies keen to fill tech positions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in tech are projected to grow by as much as 35% between 2021 and 2031. While this is great for qualified job seekers, it can significantly impact talent acquisition for companies looking to fill open positions or grow their operations.

The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. Not only are there several sourcing channels to explore (job boards, social media, etc.), but you can work with a reputable staffing agency to find and recruit the best candidates.

What value will you gain from partnering with an external staffing agency in the current tech market?

What Can Staffing Experts Do for You?

The hiring process poses inherent challenges for many businesses. When you post a job, you may be inundated by applicants, many of whom are not qualified. This means wasting a lot of time sifting through resumes to find the needle in the haystack.

Even if you do pick a handful of standout candidates to move to the next phase, you must still undertake a lengthy interview process to find the person who’s not only qualified but offers a good fit for your company and culture.

This can be a tedious process that costs you time and money. It could also leave you with an unfilled position for quarter over quarter, disrupting the flow of business operations.

In a competitive tech market, where high-quality candidates are in demand, hiring can be even more difficult. This is where a staffing agency can help, with services like direct placement for specified positions and contingent staffing to fill the gaps between hires.

When you need to streamline the process and find the best candidates as quickly as possible, an external staffing agency can be incredibly helpful.

Direct Placement

A reputable and reliable staffing agency is a great resource for direct placement when you have job openings. An established agency will have an extensive network of professionals to tap into, so you can quickly gain access to the most qualified candidates for your position.

You’ll reach a talent pool you might not have had access to otherwise and save time and resources in the process. If you’re seeking distinctive skill sets, you’ll receive a short list of candidates who meet your needs — no more sifting through a mountain of applicants to find the few who qualify.

Even better, you already know these candidates are interested in permanent placement, so you’re likely to enjoy greater employee commitment and longevity. Working with a staffing agency is not without cost, but what you save in time, effort, and lost revenue more than makes up for it.

Contingent Staffing

Direct placement services are a great way to find the best candidates for a position quickly, but you may still need someone to help with the workload in the interim. With contingent staffing, you can tap into a suitable talent pool with the flexibility to meet your short-term needs.

This will help to smooth the transition between losing talent and hiring someone new for the long-term. It will also be helpful when you’re scaling up your operations. If you are impressed with temporary consultants, you may even choose to hire them for permanent positions.

Candidate Screening

While you certainly want to conduct interviews in-house to make sure everyone is on board with hiring a particular candidate, a staffing agency can help you streamline the process through pre-screening.

With your list of qualifications, the agency will scan its network to identify the candidates who best meet your needs, so you only have a short list of final candidates to interview.

Benefits of Collaborating With a Staffing Agency

Recruiting top talent isn’t easy, especially when you’re dealing with hundreds of applicants who may qualify only partially or not at all. A staffing agency does a lot of the heavy lifting for you, increasing your pool of candidates while funneling only the most qualified to you for consideration.

When the early screening process is covered by a staffing agency, you can speed turnaround on hiring to minimize operational interruptions or quickly scale up. This saves you time and money in the long term, and it may even improve employee retention.

With services like direct placement, contingent staffing, and candidate screening, staffing agencies offer the convenience and efficiency you need to streamline your hiring process, especially in the competitive tech market.