Mechanical engineering recruitment is never easy, but in a tight market, finding the best person for the job can seem impossible. Competition heats up when there’s not a lot of active job seekers to choose from, making it hard to attract top talent from the small pool you have to choose from.

Working with a recruiter is the best way to find the right person for the job. Many employers mistakenly assume staffing firms only place temporary talent, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s a look at why a recruiter can help you score the best possible candidate.

3 Ways a Recruiter Can Help You Find Top Talent in Tight Market

Learn How to Compete

Top talent has their choice of employers — especially when there’s not a lot of other candidates to choose from. If you’re constantly losing out to your competitors, it’s time to make a change.

Your recruiter will give you an honest assessment of what other companies have that yours doesn’t — i.e., higher salaries, work from home abilities, more vacation time — so you can make meaningful changes. If your competitors offer even one really attractive perk that you don’t, for otherwise similar jobs, this can make all the difference.

Uncover Passive Talent

Active job seekers aren’t always the best person for the job. When hiring on your own, they’re typically your only option, but this isn’t the case with a recruiter. Staffing professionals maintain talent pools filled with passive candidates willing to change jobs if the right opportunity comes along. Partnering with them gives you full access to these professionals, who can turn into the best employees you’ve ever had.

Consider Non-Traditional Hires

You’re looking for a long-term candidate, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you only have one hiring option. Opening the job up to temp-to-hire candidates expands your candidate pool while giving you additional flexibility. Trying candidates out before making a permanent commitment allows both of you to feel things out and make sure it’s the right fit. Ultimately, this will produce better long-term hires, because there’s no obligation to keep anyone on staff if it’s not a perfect fit.

Need a little help finding the best engineer for the job? Premium Staffing, Inc. is here to guide your search. Get in touch today to discuss a partnership!

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