Useful Tips for Working with a Third Party Recruitment Agency
When I originally started the recruiting leg of my business, I wanted to stand out from other recruitment agencies. Keeping this in mind, what I really tried to do was contact the candidates whom I or my staff had interviewed and make sure that we left them with a positive customer service experience. I did this because I felt that the one thing that would help HR Pros, LLC stand out from a candidate standpoint would be great customer service. This was also solidified by the fact that when I asked candidates if they had a positive experience with other recruitment firms, 90 % of them said no. The reason was fairly universal: The Recruiters would call them and be “Gung Ho” about the job they were promoting but would not get back to them with any follow-up leaving the candidate without closure and feeling like the agency was only interested in them as a dollar figure. In other words, that the agency focused on providing good customer service to the companies that paid their fee but dropped the ball on customer service to the candidates who in my opinion are owed the courtesy of a follow-up call. Too many recruiters, it appears, are reluctant to tell the candidate they would not be considered for the job when the hiring manager selected another candidate. Instead of getting back to the candidate, many recruiters would just not give the candidate the courtesy of the truth (even though it was a rejection and hard to hear, it is the right thing for a recruiter to do). At HR Pros, LLC, we make every effort to engage with our candidates and to make sure we let them know if we have submitted them to a position and what the outcome is if any. Anyone that we engage with and submit to a position will hear back from us swiftly and specifically about their candidacy. Our corporate clients appreciate our follow-up with candidates as well. It just makes good business sense.
3 things that make HR Pros, LLC stand out as a great recruitment firm:
In summary, 3rd party recruiters can be good or bad just like any business entity. I have found that treating our candidates special and on par to the way we treat our clients goes a long way in making for a great 3rd party recruitment firm.
Deb Sutton is CEO and Founder of HR pros, LLC a Parrish, FL woman owned business that specializes in Recruitment, Career Coaching and HR Consulting.
New IRS Company Car and Truck Rate Increases for 2019
The IRS has increased the standard rate that employers can use to calculate deductible expenses for operating company cars and trucks. This new rate, raised by 3.5 cents per mile to 58 cents per mile, will be effective Jan. 1, 2019. This amount, called the safe harbor rate, can be used to pay tax-free reimbursements to employees who use their own vehicles for business. Companies that don't change their vehicle reimbursement program to reflect the 2019 standard mileage rate may start hearing complaints from employees and this may result in lawsuits.
The IRS announced Dec. 14 in Notice 2019-02 that, for 2019, standard mileage rates for the use of cars (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
Source: SHRM – HR Magazine
Fighting Age Bias in the Workplace
We all know it’s out there and many of us have experienced it or read about others who have. A recent article in AARP Magazine “The Last Acceptable Prejudice” speaks to this travesty. One of the write-ins from the editorial is quoted as “I’d like to see new laws that ban any requirement (1.) To list job, hire and degree dates on on-line job applications and (2). A ban to listing more than ten years of job history and (3.) To do away with requiring salary history (as 8 states have now mandated). Age bias is still alive and well in today’s workplace albeit has become less egregious of late. Especially with the low unemployment levels and lack of qualified workers, I have seen an upswing in companies returning to their senses and not always hiring the younger cheaper less experienced workers. Let’s hope this is a trend that will continue because baby-boomer (eg: older workers) have a lot to offer in the workplace.
Source: AARP Magazine
HR Pros, LLC is Proud to Announce Our Selection by NPA to be a Member/Owner
HR Pros, LLC has reached a new milestone with the honor of being selected by the National Personnel Association (NPA) to become a member/owner. This elite group of over 500 recruitment and staffing firms worldwide has chosen HR Pros, LLC to become a member. The qualifications for membership include a vetting of experience, education, business ownership and success.
As a member/owner, I now have over 500 fellow recruitment professionals that I can network with, split fees with (they may have the job and I have the candidate) and a community of folks in the same business to bounce things off of, etc.
I believe this will add value to the business and open up many new opportunities in 2019.
Jobs Available through HR Pros, LLC:
In depth Job descriptions available – contact firstname.lastname@example.org