Many companies have a well oiled human resources department that can take care of everything related to the workforce, including the perennial payroll and other temporary issues. It is usually the responsibility of the human resources department to take care of logistic recruitment as well but it may fall short of accomplishing the objectives from time to time owing to a number of different reasons. A human resources department may be understaffed, the personnel may be overworked and they may not have all the resources necessary to find the right talents for all available vacancies. This is where specialised staffing agencies become relevant.
It must be noted that outsourcing logistic recruitment to any random staffing agency or recruitment firm is not going to yield the desired results. The specialisation or core expertise will be the key. You should not contract a staffing agency that doesn’t have extensive experience in dealing with logistics personnel. The firm must have a proven track record of having worked with other logistics and transportation companies or the whole supply chain in multiple industries. Nothing other than such expertise will be of actual help to resolve logistic recruitment challenges.
As you explore the profiles of relevant staffing agencies, you will notice the marked differences in their modus operandi. Many staffing agencies will offer a free consultation, which would be nonobligatory in most cases. They would understand your needs and then embark on a quest to find the most befitting candidates. This approach is not necessarily undesirable or flawed but it does take some time to have potential jobseekers lining up for interviews. You need a staffing agency that has a ready database of jobseekers. A random database will not be sufficient as you need potential candidates looking for jobs in the logistics industry or specific logistic roles.
Staffing agencies usually have a clear demarcation in regards to the talent pool they work with. Logistic recruitment companies that focus on fresher and relatively less experienced professionals would rarely be headhunters looking for chief executives or senior managers. If you need fresh talent or somewhat experienced jobseekers, then such an agency or logistic recruitment firm will suffice. If you are looking for executives, senior managers or project managers and other senior management professionals, then you need to look for a staffing agency that specialises in such recruitment. There is no rule that prevents you from hiring multiple staffing agencies as long as there is no exclusive agreement in place.