Best Temporary Employment Agencies

Keys to Finding the Good Ones!

Many of the best temporary employment agencies are not the ones which are easiest to find...but they are out there to be found if you know what to look for when you are searching. Here are some ideas on how to find the best ones and how to work with them.


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Ask Around

To find the names of the best firms, ask others. Don't know anyone who uses temps? How about asking vendors, suppliers or the chamber of commerce who they know and use. Talk to your accountant, banker, bookkeeper or your lawyer and see who they might recommend. Once you get the name, ask to speak to the owner. (If it is a branch of a national firm you may only get to speak with the branch manager.)

Best Temporary Employment Agencies

Common Practices

If you have never dealt with a staffing firm it is a good idea to understand the common practices in the industry. Without telling you everything about staffing, there are some commonly accepted practices that you should learn about like differences between large and small firms, pricing models, what to expect in terms of service and support, etc.


Define Your Needs

To find a good fit for your company, you first need a good understanding of what your company needs in terms of the types of staff, the numbers and your budget. All temp employment agencies are not the same. You need to understand the differences and the benefits each type provides. With this knowledge you can help narrow down the list of agencies that fit your criteria.

What is a Good Agency?

Before you can find a good staffing service or temp agency, you need to understand for yourself what you are looking for in a service. Is it primarily driven by Cost? What about finding an innovative staffing service? Is it primarily driven by quality choices of candidates? Is it driven by professionalism? Is it driven by knowledge of employment and hiring practices? Is it driven by local knowledge? Or something else like what is your definition of a good temp? Here's a page on temp employment services that includes a decision chart that shows the benefits of different types of services.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge

Arm yourself with this information before calling a temp agency. Each of these factors contributes in what you need to look for when searching for the best temporary employment agencies for you! You may want to have a first choice and 1, 2 or more backups for your staffing needs. That is up to you. Either way you need knowledge to make an informed decision.

The last step is to listen when they make their sales pitch. If they are just interested in your job order and how much of a markup then you have an amateur. The best temporary employment agencies will ask you questions about the position like if it is a new position, how much turn over and what was/was not good about the last few candidates that were in the position.

The questions are designed to transfer information about your wants needs and requirements from you the client to the temp service. That is how you know you are dealing with a pro.

The Decision

  1. Understand common practices
  2. Determine your staffing needs
  3. Determine key factors
  4. Seek Referrals
  5. Decide
  6. Train your service to meet your needs.

Final Thoughts

There are two steps we did not cover in the list above. The first was about what is a temp service is covered in the temp agencies section of this web site. The second is where you can impact your relationship the most with a temp service. To do this you need to have a clear understanding of what you are looking to accomplish in using this type of service and you will go a long way toward success in finding the best temporary employment agencies for your company.

Some things to address;

  • The culture in your office, Is it quite, loud, social, professional etc.
  • The benefits of working at your company
  • Is there an opportunity to for a temp or contract employee to convert to a full time employee?
  • Special challenges in your business or marketplace
  • Past experiences that you do or do not want to repeat
  • How often do you expect updates on open positions?
  • ????

The better you communicate with the staffing or temp service the better your relationship and the better your results.



If you are located in Orange County or nearby in Southern California, and you have a situation to sort out or any questions at all, contact our preferred partner Synergy Solutions for more information about staffing and recruiting. They are one of the best temporary employment agencies in Orange County.



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