There are a lot of facets to the hiring process. However, that does not mean hiring great people has to be difficult. In fact, if you view it as difficult, it can become sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, it becomes as difficult as you think it will be.
That’s why in this blog post, we’re going to break it down into simple components. How simple? Two steps simple, that’s how.
Step #1—Hire for skills and experience.
This is a logical first step, is it not? In order for somebody to be a good fit for the position, they must have what it takes to complete the tasks and responsibilities associated with the position. These are the “hard skills” for the position.
We’ve addressed the topic of hard skills before in this blog. However, in those instances, those blog posts were for job seekers and not employers. For posterity’s sake, let’s review the characteristics that these types of skills possess:
They are teachable skills. That is, a person can learn them. They can either teach themselves, other people can teach them, or both.
They are quantifiable. This basically means that people can be graded and/or evaluated for their ability with the skill.
In the majority of cases, it’s easier to hire for these hard skills, partly because they are quantifiable and can be graded. As a result, you can measure the skills and abilities of each candidate against some set standard and make decisions based upon that measurement.
Step #2—Hire for personality.
Now we’re transitioning from hard skills to “soft skills.” Once again, let’s start with a definition. Soft skills refer to skills that involve the way a person interacts with others, specifically their boss and co-workers.
Soft skills are also referred to in other ways, one of which is “people skills,” which makes perfect sense. (Since they primarily involve dealing with people.)
Hiring for personality and for soft skills is tied directly to company culture. You want to hire somebody who fits well into the culture of your organization. A person could have all of the requisite skills and experience for the position, but if they don’t “work and play well” with others, then that ultimately defeats the purpose.
So what’s the bottom line with all of this? Production is the bottom line. If you want to hire people who become extremely productive employees, then you must hire for both skills and personality.
Ideally, you want the correct combination of both. If you focus too much on one and neglect the other, you’re setting yourself up for hiring failure.
Time Staffing has extensive experience screening and hiring people in both of these areas. We realize the importance of both and how they contribute to the success of the companies with which we work.
Consider working with us to meet your hiring needs, no matter what they might be. We can provide qualified candidates on a temp or a temp-to-direct basis.
A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about “The Value of a Certified Staffing Professional for Employers.” However, the value that a CSP offers does not stop with employers.
A Certified Staffing Professional can also help job seekers, a fact that we’ll explore in this blog post.
As we mentioned previously, CSPs are accredited by the American Staffing Association (ASA). Becoming accredited as a CSP is NOT easy. It requires a lot of study and hard work, not to mention dedication and commitment.
According to the ASA website, its CSP program “features rigorous content focused on employment and labor law at both the federal and state levels. It is the essential credential for staffing professionals, certifying your expertise to work with both employees and clients within the bounds of federal and state laws and regulations.”
As a result, accredited CSPs are aware of the current employment laws and practices, as well as the latest trends within the world of employment. This is information that benefits not only employers, but job seekers, as well.
What is that job seekers want, more than anything? A new job, of course! It makes sense that those who have undergone formal training regarding the most important aspects of the employment marketplace would be able to help these job seekers.
Time Staffing is a staffing agency that employs Certified Staffing Professionals. As a result, we have the expertise and the experience to help both employers and job seekers with their hiring and professional goals.
In addition to CSPs, there are also Staffing Specialists at Time Staffing who can help job seekers in their quest for new employment. And while it’s true that current employment laws and practices might not directly affect your job search, our CSPs and Staffing Specialists can prepare and assist you in the following areas:
The application process
The telephone screening
The face-to-face interview
Job search coaching and/or recommendations
Not only that, but Time Staffing employees also follow the “Philosophy of the 3 Cs.” That philosophy is comprised of the following elements:
Time Staffing relies upon high-quality professional guidance that is both dependable and effective. Regardless of whether you speak with a CSP or a Staffing Specialist, we want every job seeker’s experience with us to be as positive as it can be.
You can also look through our current listing of job openings to see if there is one that’s right for you.
Remember, when you apply online, one of our Staffing Specialists will contact you in one to three business days to find out how we can best assist you.
An effective hiring process requires expertise. That’s because if you want to hire well, you must knowhow to hire well.
This is exactly why some employers choose to use the services of a staffing agency. By doing so, they’re relying upon the expertise of the agency to help identify and hire the best candidates available for the position.
One of the best ways to know if you’re working with the right staffing agency is if they have a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) on staff. That’s because a CSP is uniquely trained to know the ins and outs of employment, as well as the intricacies involved in hiring.
CSPs are accredited by the American Staffing Association (ASA). According to the ASA website, its CSP program “features rigorous content focused on employment and labor law at both the federal and state levels. It is the essential credential for staffing professionals, certifying your expertise to work with both employees and clients within the bounds of federal and state laws and regulations.”
As you might imagine, there are many benefits of working with a staffing agency that has Certified Staffing Professionals on staff as opposed to an agency that does not. These benefits include the following:
Those people who are Certified Staffing Professionals are current on the latest and greatest trends, practices, and laws in regards to employment. Company officials may or may not have that same level of knowledge and understanding.
A CSP is in a much better position to provide a greater level of service than somebody who is not a CSP. Because of their study, training, and accumulated knowledge, they can provide advice to company officials who might have a question regarding a particular employment issue. That makes a staffing agency that employs CSPs a more valuable entity.
Company officials have the confidence of knowing that they’re working with people who are dedicated to their profession. After all, earning a CSP designation is NOT easy. Only those who are committed to the industry and their careers have the desire to undertake the training and see it through to its completion.
Because of their dedication and commitment to their profession, CSPs are more likely to become a trusted advisor. Employers want somebody who knows their business, as well as the employment marketplace, and can make helpful recommendations.
We’ve written before about what’s involved when choosing a staffing agency as an employer. Whether or not the agency has a CSP (or multiple CSPs) on staff is definitely another consideration. In fact, it might one of the most important considerations.
Time Staffing is a staffing agency that employs Certified Staffing Professionals. As a result, we have both the expertise and the experience to help your organization find qualified employees for your open positions.
As stated above, an effective hiring process requires expertise. That’s how you hire well . . . over and over again.
Time Staffing Inc.