Top 3 Professional Staffing Questions Answered

Are you considering hiring a staffing firm to assist with your talent needs? For an increasing number of companies across the U.S., it’s the optimal solution when it comes to right sizing your head count and meeting changing customer demands.

During 2018, staffing companies hired 16.8 million temporary and contract employees, with an average length of employment of 10 weeks. They also help with equally impressive numbers of permanent and direct hires. As noted by Richard Wahlquist, president and CEO of the American Staffing Association, “job seekers in record numbers are turning to staffing agencies to find work that will advance their careers and best match their skills with current market needs.”

Working with a staffing firm can be a win-win situation. To answer three of the most commonly-asked questions about such a partnership:

  1. How long do people stay in temporary jobs?

As noted above, the estimated average tenure of a temporary or contract employee is about two and a half months. But the duration of an assignment can vary from a day or two to several months.

  • Staffing agencies specialize in finding employment for many different careers on both short-term and long-term bases. If you have an employee out on disability or leave, there is a higher workload during peak periods, or an unexpected special project comes along, temporary or contractual jobs can be the perfect answer.


  1. What types of assignments do staffing companies fill?

There is an ongoing misconception that staffing firms offer only short-term jobs. They also fill long-term positions, including many that eventually become permanent, if that meets their client’s strategic needs.

  • For business critical positions, a contract assignment lets you see how an employee performs and how they fit your company culture. Your staffing firm should give you the flexibility to bring in highly-qualified specialists for particular projects or time frames, rather than immediately presenting a lasting employment commitment. This makes it easy for you to invest in the best talent, both short and long term.


  1. What kinds of services do staffing companies provide?

In addition to filling jobs, staffing companies offer a wide range of related services, including outsourcing and outplacement, training and development and HR consulting.

  • If you hire infrequently and don’t have the need for a full-time recruiter, you can take advantage of your staffing firm’s expertise in this area. Or, they can work as a seamless extension of your in-house team and assist with time-consuming legwork such as reviewing resumes, pre-screening and vetting candidates, and developing and implementing training and management development programs. This frees up your time to focus on your business while still securing the right talent.

TRC Professional Services is one of the largest privately-held staffing firms in the nation. Our search consultants have close to four decades of industry experience, with specialization in engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, logistics, tech, supply chain and cybersecurity. We offer contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire options. To learn more about our business and how we might help yours, contact us today.