3 Reasons Why Staffing and Recruitment Will Stay Relevant
By: Jessica Sanfratello
Despite certain negative perceptions of the industry, experts are saying that over the next ten years, companies will continue to need the help of staffing agencies to fill open positions. Why you might ask? Isn’t the economy improving and job creation on the rise? Great questions. Let’s take a closer look at why staffing agencies will continue to be relevant even as optimism and growth are resurfacing in the U.S. job market.
1. The ability to narrow down job application volumes in an era of high unemployment
According to staffing expert Ira Wolfe, the author of The Perfect Labor Storm 2.0, “We could have a recovering economy, yet still have high unemployment,” reports StaffingTalk.com. “Ten years out, we will probably still be seeing relatively high unemployment, at least higher than we’ve been used to.”
At first glance, this might suggest a waning relevance for staffing companies. After all, if people are out of work, won’t that make the hiring process akin to shooting fish in a barrel for hiring managers? Well, if you’re a company like Google with a massive HR and recruitment department, sure. However, for the vast majority of companies running a leaner ship, navigating such high volumes of applications can be an incredibly difficult task to handle internally, especially when it comes to identifying candidates that not only have the right skills, but also the personality and adaptability for a particular corporate environment.
A specialized staffing and recruitment agency eases this pressure on hiring organizations. By refining expertise in specific core competencies, specialized staffing professionals narrow down the applicant pool to a manageable size, enabling hiring agencies to hand pick talent ideally suited to the position without endless interviewing. Also, by utilizing the human element, staffing and recruitment agencies help ensure potentially good resumes aren’t erroneously weeded out for failing to include the right buzz words.
2. Crucial assistance in an era of high turnover
Research has shown, now more than ever before, that workers are showing a lack of corporate loyalty (especially when it comes to the Millennial generation – learn more here). Those candidates just entering the job market are largely concerned with making a difference and being stimulated, and they will jump ship when these needs are not being met. Consequently, in this landscape where employees are perpetually looking for the next great opportunity, positions will open and close with more frequency, creating a more regular need for great talent. As a result, the hiring landscape of the future will likely be defined by high turnover with new positions constantly opening.
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Going further, workplace trends expert, Joyce Gioia told Staffing Talk that the traditional model of employment has evolved. Workers are no longer spending consecutive decades with the same employer in order to achieve an ideal work/life balance.
“We’re going to see more people taking off time while they feel good so that they can enjoy themselves, see the world, get another degree, or have a baby or whatever,” said Gioia, a futurist, management consultant and speaker focused on workplace trends. “And then they’ll go back to work, work for another 8-10 years, and then they’ll take off some more time.”
Consequently, firms will largely need assistance keeping these positions filled to prevent the financial hemorrhages that occur when a team has lost a member.
3. Helping to navigate the consequences of emerging technologies
The evolution of technology will always serve to create new positions in the hiring world that call for new skill sets. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, for example, created an entirely new line of work in social media strategy. As the next generation grows up immersed in these technologies, there will be a shift in the talent acquisition pool, and staffing firms are a key piece in navigating a rapidly changing landscape.
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Moreover, Wolfe also mentioned that the definition of work has changed, with volumes of employees going into careers that don’t require them to be tethered to a desk. Creative designers and artists are among the huge population of freelance professionals, while other jobs allow for telecommuting and travel. As a result, companies have and will continue to intersect with a wide variety of professionals that will not be full-time employees. In response, hiring managers will continue to use specialized staffing and recruitment firms to help staff project-based positions that will require a revolving door of different individuals depending on the specific need.
The bottom line here is that the hiring landscape is more complex than ever. Consequently, employers that attempt to deal with these challenges with no assistance run the risk of leaving positions unfilled for long periods of time or becoming overwhelmed with prospective candidate applications.
Therefore, staffing and recruitment firms will continue to have specific utility long into the future, helping employers sift through today’s topsy-turvy hiring process and ensuring that positions are filled with the right people, fast.
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