Hiring the right people or even locating good candidates can be a challenge in any industry, and it’s doubly true when you are staffing technical projects. Companies in technical industries have a unique set of challenges and needs that organizations outside of the high tech world don’t have to worry about. In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages of looking for outside help with your technical staffing needs, and how to know if you’re dealing with a high-quality staffing firm.
Resource Augmentation Explained
“Resource Augmentation” is just a fancy term for bringing in outside talent on a contract basis, usually to assist with a specific project for a predetermined length of time. There are many benefits to doing this: it can be a great deal financially for a company, because it can bring on additional personnel to achieve goals and fix problems without permanently increasing employee headcount. Companies also save money that would be spent on employee benefits such as medical and retirement plans. Some companies have their own in-house recruiters, while others choose to work with outside staffing agencies to find talent for contract, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire positions.
Pretty straightforward, right? Staffing in this way generally works the same across most industries, but with technical staffing for disciplines like software, electrical or systems engineering, things get a lot more complicated. These positions require highly specialized knowledge and experience. It can take a long time to acquaint a new hire with proprietary technology and systems, and of course, there is always a lot of competition for the best talent. Making a bad hire in a technical field can be an expensive and time-consuming mistake, even if they are working on a contract basis.
The Benefits of Working with a Technical Staffing Firm (and How to Choose a Good One)
In light of these challenges, if you are a project manager in a technical industry that is considering resource augmentation options, it pays to work with a firm that specializes in technical staffing. They will understand the unique needs and goals of your company, and the present and future trends in your industry. They will take the time to carefully screen candidates and direct the best talent your way, so that you don’t have to spend your whole day reading resumes. And if a contract goes well, you have a prime candidate for when you decide to bring more permanent team members on board.
The amount of time, money and frustration saved makes reaching out to a technical staffing firm well worth it, but you have to make sure you’re choosing a good one, or it will only cause you more headaches.
Here’s how to tell if you’re dealing with a competent, honest, technical staffing firm that will serve your needs well:
- They LISTEN. They make sure they understand what it is you want and need, and don’t just wait their turn to start pitching their candidates.
- They meticulously screen candidates. It’s aggravating to receive resumes which are riddled with typos and qualifications that don’t match what you said you’re looking for. If you’re getting candidates like these, it’s a tell-tale sign that you’re dealing with a technical recruiter who is more interested in landing a commission than serving your best interests. A thorough screening will ensure that you receive a few quality candidates who strongly fit the position and that you don’t waste time with candidates who aren’t a good fit for the role.
- They have a technical background in the same or similar industry. It’s much better to work with a staffing firm who understands your field and speaks the same language. Bonus points if they worked in your specific industry.
If you want to ensure you get only the best results for resource augmentation or other technical staffing needs, Novel Engineering can help. We know what it takes to find and place the best people for software development, systems engineering and technical support, because we work in those industries ourselves, and only hire and refer the best.
Whether you need contract, contract-to-hire, or direct hires for your team, we’ve got the experience and the knowledge to find the perfect candidates for you. Contact us to learn more about our resource augmentation and staffing options.