Finding and Working with a Phenomenal Direct Placement Recruiter

Finding and Working with a Phenomenal Direct Placement Recruiter


Hiring is hard. That’s why many companies turn to direct placement recruiters, whose services supplement the internal efforts of their clients. The right recruiter can identify your staffing needs, spot gaps in the workforce, and launch a targeted and efficient search for qualified candidates.

“Recruiters also screen potential employees, ensuring that any candidates processed for interviewing meet the requirements of a given position and match your company’s culture,” adds Christie Rusk, senior direct placement recruiter at The Reserves Network.

So, how do you find a recruiter or agency you can trust?

What Kind of Staffing Assistance Do You Need?

Determine whether your staffing needs require long- or short-term assignments, permanent job placements, or some kind of combination. This will allow you to narrow down your search to a shortlist of recruiters specializing in your industry and type of employees for which you’re seeking.

Shop for Options

Direct placement recruiters come in all shapes and sizes. The best place to start your search is on the Internet. Once you’ve found at least five companies worth considering, you can proceed to:

  • Look for references.
  • Ask about their fees/rates.
  • Inquire about their turnover rate among account executives, office staff, and client support staff.
  • Request a site visit so they can get a feel for your company culture and meet with your leadership.
  • Arrange for a presentation to assess the recruiter’s game plan for your staffing needs.

Observe Your Interactions and Remember Your First Impressions

 Your initial telephone call or email exchange with a placement recruiter speaks volumes of their management practices and approach to staffing. Remember that like any other company, staffing firms are employers. How they interact with and manage their own employees will affect the quality of the talent they refer to your offices. It only makes sense to deal with a reliable and professional firm.

Understand the Firm’s Recruitment and Retention Methods

Don’t be afraid to ask about the company’s practices and techniques.

  • Do they maintain a database of active job seekers?
  • What about passive candidates?
  • What’s their track record of retaining placed employees?
  • What kind of skills tests and training do they provide candidates?

Bottom line? Ask questions and do as much homework as you can to get a detailed picture.

Make Sure the Firm Knows Exactly What You Need

A direct placement recruiter must have a large enough database of active and passive job seekers to meet your specific staffing needs. More importantly, the firm should be willing to work closely with your leadership and internal recruitment team to come up with detailed job descriptions and understand what kind of individuals will fit in with your corporate culture.

For more information about what a direct placement recruiter can do for you, talk to the staffing specialists of The Reserves Network. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about how our recruitment solutions can help you.


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5 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives Any Good Employer Can Embrace

5 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives Any Good Employer Can Embrace


While the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is typically associated with philanthropy and charity work, it now encompasses many aspects of a company’s long-term game plan, including public relations, marketing, and even recruitment.

Now more than ever, job seekers don’t just want to apply for the highest-paying jobs – they want to be part of organizations that share their values, whether it’s caring for the environment, helping the community, working with the academe, or treating employees well.

Your ability to practice social responsibility can be the difference between great talent choosing your company or a competitor.


  1. Transparency

In today’s Information Age, organizations are under pressure to protect their trade secrets, preventing this information from leaking on the Internet. Instead of taking people’s attention away from the way you do business, the more socially responsible thing to do is to take the opposite path, being open and transparent about your company and its inner workings.

Sure, you should still keep some things within your company. But for the most part, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain when you’re aggressively and openly transparent about your practices.


  1. Make Sustainable Choices

Sustainable business practices are often what catch the attention of both consumers and potential employees who share a deep concern over society’s impact on the environment. From using recycled copy paper to implementing a plastic-free workplace, there are many ways for your company to make small, sustainable decisions that have a significant impact on the environment.


  1. Give Back to the Community

Aside from making socially responsible decisions with a global impact, corporate social responsibility should also start at a grassroots level. You can never go wrong with finding ways to be engaged in your local community, whether it’s by sponsoring community events or hosting charity activities. Being active in the community shows potential employees that you’re not just out there to make a profit – you’re also a company that sincerely cares about making a difference.


  1. Support Local Enterprises

Other than participating in community events and community service, your company can also support your local community’s entrepreneurs and small businesses. When possible, purchase from local suppliers to promote growth within the immediate area. You can also sponsor trade shows and even invest in local startups to spur growth and development.


  1. Make CSR a Core Part of Doing Business

Any organization that believes in genuine corporate social responsibility will not wait for any employee to motivate everyone else to adopt responsible practices. CSR has to come from the top. When it’s part of your company’s core beliefs, any responsible actions you take become more effective and authentic. And potential employees will see this and realize that you’re not just paying lip service to CSR—you actually put your money where your mouth is.

For more tips and insights on how to develop your employer brand and make yourself more marketable to great talent, talk to the staffing services experts of The Reserves Network. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about how our recruitment solutions can help you.


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You’ve Hit Your One-Year Work Anniversary! … Now What?

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Your first year at work can fly by if you’ve kept yourself busy. Although each person’s first work anniversary is unique, there’s a good chance yours was a mix of excitement, confusion, and at times, frustration.

According to Jessica Murphy, director of learning and performance at The Reserves Network, “As you hit this milestone in your job and career, it’s important to ask yourself if you’ve hit any noteworthy goals in your first year at your job.”

If your answer is no, it’s never too late to take action. Listed below are a few first-year job goals to consider reaching for after your first work anniversary.


  1. Build Genuine Relationships

By the end of your first year at work, you should already know the names of your immediate coworkers and a little bit about their background and abilities. This shows you’re a team player who is genuinely interested in building relationships with your colleagues instead of just seeing them as work acquaintances. This also lets you plant roots that will hopefully lead to opportunities for mentorship, career growth, and raises or promotions.


  1. Rack Up Your “Favor Count”

During your first year of work, there’s a good chance that many of your immediate colleagues and supervisors went out their way to help you out. While you aren’t obligated to repay these favors, good workplace manners suggest you should when the opportunity presents itself.

Simple gestures such as covering for someone who is sick, helping someone who has to work overtime, or volunteering to teach rookies the ropes, are all great ways to pay it forward.


  1. Know Your Responsibilities Inside and Out

You don’t have to know everything about your work, but you should be able to walk someone through a typical busy day in the workplace. When someone asks you to give them a rundown of your tasks and responsibilities, you should be able to comfortably give them a Cliff-notes version of what you do and why it’s important to the company.

If you’re still not sure what exactly your job description is, you need to straighten this out with your management.


  1. Find Your Work Buddy

Every job becomes easier when you have a go-to person to run to when you’re in a bind. This person doesn’t necessarily have to be on the same team or department—you just need to be able to work together in one way or another, helping each other to get stuff done. This person could be a mentor, a supervisor, or even a junior employee with a knack for getting stuff done at the eleventh hour.

Aiming for these goals helps ensure your career is heading the right direction. Get more career advice and tips from the staffing services experts of . Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about how our recruitment solutions can help you.


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Where Will Your Packing Job Take Your Career?

Where Will Your Packing Job Take Your Career?


Working in distribution centers and warehouses all over the country, packers play a vital role in the production and shipment of goods, pulling merchandise from shelves and preparing them for delivery. It’s a balancing act of teamwork and beating deadlines, and skill to locate, pack, and ship items in large facilities.

While no two career journeys will be alike, there are few milestones you can expect to reach when forging a warehouse/logistics career as a packer.

Get Training and Certification

For many areas in the warehousing and logistics industry, it’s always a good idea to have training or a relevant certification. While many jobs in the warehouse and logistics industry require a college background, you can always go for certifications.

For example, the American Moving and Storage Association offers an AMSA’s Certified Packer Loader (CPL) Program offers onsite training for packers and loaders. You can also look for other certifications in fields such as management, interpersonal relationships, and logistics.

Remember, the more training and certificates you have under your belt, the more valuable you are as a jobseeker.

Building Your Skillset

While education is certainly important in the warehouse and logistics industry, most employers ultimately care more about skills and experience. When you get your start as a packer, do your best to gather as much insight into how the industry works. Looking at how teams function, understanding the importance of time management, and talking to your supervisors are all good ways to absorb as many things as you can.

If you want to start a career in food manufacturing, you can even work part-time on weekends at a local bakery to understand how food production works. If consumer electronics is more your thing, it’s a good idea to take short courses on computer hardware assembly.

If you want your packer job to be a stepping stone to bigger things in the near future, take the initiative to learn as much as you can about your target career path.

Working with Recruitment Firms

Once you’ve developed your skills and experience, you need to find the best opportunities to grow your career. While you can always scour the Internet for open positions and make cold calls to potential employers, the easier and more efficient way of staying in the loop is to work with recruitment specialists who do all the work of finding opportunities that match your experience and skills. Their success depends on matching you with the right opportunity, so it’s in their best interest to help you find your dream job.

If you need more career advice and assistance in your job search, talk to the staffing services experts of The Reserves Network. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about how our recruitment solutions can help you.


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Career Fair in Akron!

Please join our Akron, Ohio location at the Froggerjobs Career Fair!

Friday, April 20
10 AM to 4 PM

Former Macy’s Store, Chapel Hill Mall
2000 Brittain Rd.
Akron, Ohio  44310

We have several job opportunities currently available, including:

  • Administrative
  • Electrician
  • Forklift
  • Lab Technician
  • Machine Operator
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Material Handler
  • Unit Builders
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Welder

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