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Five capabilities to look for in an IT staffing agency

Given the high demand these days for IT skillsets, unless yours is a very large enterprise, chances are you’ll struggle to attract the technology expertise you need.

Engaging the right sort of IT staffing agency becomes critical as you seek people with both the technology skills you require and the sensibilities and attitudes that fit your business.

 

 

Here are five capabilities to look for in an IT staffing agency:

1  In-the-trenches grasp of leading-edge technologies

What if you could engage an IT staffing agency that also has extensive experience across the many ever-evolving areas of IT specialization, from legacy to the leading edge?

A provider of cloud, managed, and professional services that also operates a global network of data centers for clients both small and large is, ultimately, already in the business of finding and fielding the best in IT expertise.

2  Ability to understand both technology and business needs

An IT staffing agency that’s willing to take the time to understand both your business and its technology requirements can help you find people with the IT skills your operations require.

This involves more than ticking off boxes on forms. It means being able to grasp the nuances of both your technology and your business operations, something that comes from working with many kinds of enterprises addressing all manner of technology challenges.

3  A long-established network of IT experts

An IT staffing agency with decades of relationship-oriented networking among a vast array of IT experts all over the world can offer you a deep pool of IT talent that’s available in a full range of ways, including as direct hires, consultants/contractors, staff augmentation, and/or temp-to-hire.

What’s more, because this sort of IT staffing provider also offers a wide range of technology consulting services across virtually all industry sectors, you can choose a customized mix of staffing and consulting solutions to meet your IT requirements.

4  Excellence in candidate screening

Of course, it’s critically important that any IT professionals you bring aboard have been thoroughly screened.

The best way to do that is via an IT staffing agency with IT engineers who conduct one-on-one candidate interviews customized to your requirements, examining every candidate’s technical knowledge and expertise, their certifications and other credentials, and their professional experience, aptitudes, references, and attitudes.

5  Affordability — and speed when you need it

The right IT staffing agency will offer you competitive rates and know how to respond with customized, flexible staffing solutions — including the ability to speed the onboarding process to as little as two weeks, or even an immediate placement.

Tim Burke
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Tim Burke is the President and CEO of Quest. He has been at the helm for over 30 years.