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How Do Staffing Agencies Work? RMPersonnel El Paso, Tx & Laredo

Employer Needs Staffing Assistance
Staffing agencies provide work-force solutions for companies by matching qualified applicants with open job positions. Companies use a staffing agency to assist them in finding the right candidate for their staffing needs. First, the company provides the staffing agency with a list of requirements and a job description for the position they need filled. The staffing agency then uses this information to create a job posting. Then they filter through the potential applicants to find the right match for the job.

Applicants Apply
Staffing agencies receive applicants not only for specific jobs but will generally have a database of applicant resumes for future opportunities. The goal is to match each applicant with a job. To achieve this goal, staffing agencies will first interview potential job candidates to get to know the applicant and the type of position they desire, both long term and short term. Sometimes this initial interview will be followed with a professional skills test such as a typing test or a test to determine the candidate’s ability to work in a specific software program. A staffing agency’s wide array of assessments to validate a candidate’s skills gives them an advantage in matching the right candidate with the right job.

Applicant Hired
Once the staffing agency has paired the right candidate with an open position, the candidate will interview with the employer. When the employer selects a candidate, it has two options. The employer can directly hire the candidate or it can hire the job candidate on a temporary basis. If hired temporarily, the employer pays the staffing agency, which then pays the employee’s agreed upon salary until the employee is hired permanently. Most staffing agencies charge a one-time fee based upon the candidate’s first-year annual salary. This fee is paid by the employer after the guarantee period, the set of time agreed upon by the staffing agency and employer to make sure the candidate is the right match for the position.

Contract, temp to perm, direct hire – What does all of this mean? RMPersonnel El Paso, Tx & Laredo

As a job seeker, are you unsure of what  job ads are saying? Do you know the difference between the employment types offered? If you don’t, that’s ok. Many current job search candidates don’t know either.
Below are definitions of terms to help you understand what employment ads are actually offering. The definitions are short, general and meant to give you an idea of the types of positions you will see on job boards. You may find some variations with  how other companies define these terms.
Typically a position that is not permanent, and has a specific time frame attached to it. Contract work might be needed to complete a project, or to cover a permanent employee’s leave of absence. This type of position does not usually offer any benefits.
a.k.a. Temp Work
These are positions ranging from one afternoon, to full time work for up to a year.  The important thing to know is that there is no promise of the position turning into a permanent position with benefits. Often, though, temp positions are extended past the original end date. And sometimes temporary positions can turn into temp to perm positions or open up the door to a full time permanent job later on. A temporary employee is generally considered an employee of the staffing agency and paid by the staffing agency.
Temp To Perm
a.k.a. Right To Hire
These are positions where the employer would like a full time employee, but does not want to commit to a permanent offer up front.  During the temp to hire period, the employee is considered working for the staffing firm and paid by the staffing firm. Clients seeking temp to hire candidates through Emerson are sincere in their desire to hire permanent staff members and not just “kicking tires.”  This can be a benefit to job seekers as well as companies.
Direct Hire
Direct hire positions are permanent, usually full time positions with benefits. A direct hire position is one in which the client company utilizes the staffing company to find the talent, then hires them directly. A candidate offered a direct hire position is not an employee of the staffing company, but goes directly on the client company payroll.

What Are the Benefits of Staffing Agencies? El Paso, Tx & Laredo

by Ruth Mayhew


Staffing agencies perform recruitment and selection processes for organizations that don’t have the time, expertise or resources necessary to manage the employment processes. Some staffing agencies provide temporary workers, and others provide candidates for temp-to-hire arrangements. Regardless of the employment type, there are certain advantages to employers’ use of staffing agencies, including expertise, cost, availability of workers and employee retention.


Staffing agencies often have a level of expertise that far exceeds some employers’ human resources departments. Hiring recruiters, employment specialists and an employment or recruiting manager to supervise staff could require a lengthy recruiting period to find qualified employees. Staffing agencies provide services that rival the best qualified recruiters and employment specialists, usually at a lower cost. Employees of staffing agencies generally have a higher level of expertise related to job knowledge, employment trends and recruitment practices by virtue of continuous placement of employees. They also have industry expertise if they work for staffing agencies that specialize in certain fields, such health care providers.


Using staffing agencies can result in lower costs associated with hiring adequate staff to recruit applicants. However, because staffing agencies manage the entire employment process, they also relieve employers of costs related to pre-employment testing, background investigations and drug screening. In addition, employers save money related to the expense of payroll processing and benefits administration. Small employers find that they can rely on staffing agencies to provide them with qualified employees at remarkable savings.


Staffing agencies have a larger network of available workers than do many employers. Employers looking to hire seasonal workers, for example, would need to advertise job openings, interview candidates and process new hire documentation for a relatively short period of employment. Staffing agencies, on the other hand, may have relationships with workers they’ve already identified as dependable, reliable and conscientious and who can fill a vacancy in a matter of days, or even hours. The network that staffing agencies maintain is a broad one from which they can tap potential employees who can fill any position an employer might have or anticipate.


Employers that engage the services of staffing agencies for temporary employees get an opportunity to observe employee performance, qualifications and work habits before offering the temporary worker a permanent job. This can cut down on turnover once the trial period is complete and both the employee and employer are satisfied the job is a good fit. Using staffing agencies for high-volume placements can result in tremendous savings related to turnover, training costs and the intangible costs of turnover, such as employee morale.

Temp to Hire Staffing Services Offer Flexibility and Security El Paso, Tx & Laredo

Need additional help, but are unsure if that need will be long-term?
Want to try out a new employee before making a commitment to hire him or her?
If so, temp to hire services may be right for your business.  In simple terms, temp to hire (also known as try-before-hire or temp-to-perm) lets you try out a candidate on-the-job before extending an offer for direct employment.
Instead of being hired as your full-time employee right away, the employee is hired by your staffing service, and then assigned to work at your company as a temporary.  During a probationary period usually lasting around 12 weeks, you get to evaluate the temporary employee’s job performance and decide whether he or she should be hired full-time or let go.
Benefits of Temp to Hire

  • Working interview.  Temp to hire allows you to evaluate characteristics that can’t easily be observed through a traditional interview, such as:  ability to follow directions, culture fit, quality of work, work ethic and the ability to multi-task or work under pressure.
  • Reduced hiring time.  Temp to hire candidates have been pre-screened by your staffing partner and qualified to match the needs of your opening.  This reduces your recruiting and interviewing time, so you can focus on your other priorities.
  • No obligation to hire.  When you use temp to hire services, you are not required to hire a candidate the staffing service sends you, even after you interview that candidate.
  • Evaluate long-term hiring need.  If you’re hiring to address recent growth or a newly created position, temp to hire gives you the time to verify that the position is absolutely necessary – before adding to your permanent headcount.
  • Decreased legal exposure.  If a temp to hire candidate isn’t working out, you can end the assignment at any time.  Because the candidate remains an employee of your staffing service, your legal exposure is minimized.
  • No advertising restrictions.  Using temp to hire services does not preclude you from advertising the position elsewhere.