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As many VARs and MSPs can relate – staffing “It Don’t Come Easy”

If you happen to be a Beatles fan, perhaps you recognize the song title “It Don’t Come Easy”, originally sung by Ringo Starr way back in 1971.  For many MSPs and VARs we suspect the title will resonate as it seems to apply equally to hiring technical staff members.

And while we hope we do not disappoint any of our existing or future clients, “it don’t come easy for us either”.  It is hard work for the client company and equally hard work for the recruiting firm.

A few quick points of relevance:

Staffing Industry Analysts referenced a recent study conducted by Emerson (a manufacturing and engineering services firm based in St. Louis) continues to show challenges exist when it comes to improving the STEM education focus in U.S. schools.

The US Census Bureau Data shows 70% of US companies employ fewer than 20 employees. That implies perhaps your biggest competition for talent is a local smaller firm and not necessarily a Fortune 500 company, although clearly they can still be a hiring competitor.

So what does all this mean to your recruiting approach?

4 important keys to improving your recruiting efforts should include:

1 – Have a well-defined understanding of the job duties, and not just as a replacement slot or “just need another good service desk tech”
2 – Have a well written job description
3 – Educate the recruiting firm to ensure a clear understanding of the skills and type of staff member who will be successful in the new place of employment
4 – And perhaps most importantly, have realistic expectations of what you can afford along with the initial level of expected performance (and that is not meant to imply a firm must hire poor talent just because the market is tight)

Over time VAR Staffing has published several pieces on topics such as:  dynamic job descriptions, interviewing processes and good practices for on-boarding new employees.  Below are a few examples.

 

VAR Staffing’s sole focus is enabling the VAR / MSP community to hire the right talent for the right job.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss our talent acquisition services.   Call us at 972-996-0966 or email Ashley at AWilliamson@VARstaffing.com

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