In your average hiring landscape, finding the right addition to your team can be tricky. There are so many factors to consider; desired experience, what interpersonal skills they need, whether they’re a culture fit – just to name a few. Direct hire can help you find the person you need in a more efficient way.

Unfortunately, we’re not in an average hiring landscape. Since the pandemic started more than 16 months ago, working has been a challenge. Health and safety concerns kept – and in some cases, continue to keep – employees from returning to their jobs and entire industries have changed (we’re looking at you, healthcare and hospitality). Though thousands have returned to work and a more “normal” schedule, there continues to be a nationwide shortage of employees. This is creating staffing challenges for hiring managers in just about every industry.  

With so much competition for great talent, waiting for the perfect candidate to show up on your doorstep (or email) probably isn’t proactive enough. And it most likely means you’ll lose them to another business. Right now it’s more important than ever to think outside the box with your recruiting efforts. That’s where direct hire comes in.  

In definition, direct hire is when a person is offered a permanent position with a company. But the process can be more detailed and involve the use of a partner, like LGC, to help you find the candidates you need. Below, we’ll help answer the question, “is direct hire a good decision for your business?” We’ll also provide some information on LGC and how we can help you elevate your hiring efforts.  

Is direct hire a good decision for your business? 

Before we look into whether direct hire is the best option to address hiring needs, you may be wondering to yourself, what other options do I have? Some businesses choose to go with a contract hire or the temp-to-hire route. This allows managers to hire on a temporary or contract basis until either the assignment ends or a full-time position is offered. Choosing direct hire means you want to offer a permanent position to a candidate as soon as possible. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help decide if direct hire is a good decision for your business:  

Do I have an immediate need to fill this position?
Do I want this employee to work for me long term?
Do I have the resources to be their Employer of Record?
Do I know exactly what the position requirements are?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s a good indication that direct hire makes sense above a contract or temp-to-hire employee. But as mentioned above, opting for direct hire doesn’t mean you need to go through the process alone.  

How LGC can boost your direct hire efforts:  

For almost two decades, LGC has been operating in the staffing industry making placements for our clients. We understand the importance of matching a great candidate with the right business. In addition to our sharing our staffing expertise, we work closely with clients to assist in key aspects of hiring like recruiting and interviewing. Because these tasks can take a lot of effort, partnering with LGC has been proven to save our clients time and money typically spent on sourcing a new employee.  

If you’ve never worked with a third party to accomplish your hiring goals, these questions can help you determine if it’s the right move:  

Do you have the resources (time and money) to spend on finding a good hire?
Do you have a plan in case you need to hire multiple people/experience turnover with your first hire?
Are you familiar with navigating the current hiring landscape?
Are you comfortable engaging and retaining candidates? 

If you answered no to any of these questions, your organization can benefit by partnering with a firm like LGC that offers direct hire staffing solutions. LGC can take the lead on recruiting and screening candidates, that way you know they have the desired experience and soft skills when it’s time for you to interview them. Here’s what a recent direct hire client of LGC had to say on their experience:  

“It’s been a pleasure working with you. You served me well and I appreciate everything you were able to do for me. You take care of your clients in a professional. prompt, and proper way.” 

The current hiring landscape is challenging even for seasoned experts, so don’t feel like you have to go it alone. Use this guide to help you decide if direct hire is a good idea for your business. If you decide it is, don’t hesitate to reach out to LGC to learn more about our staffing solutions