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Robert Half is a specialized staffing firm with 300 locations across the globe. The Cedar Rapids office services Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo and Cedar Falls. We spoke with Julie Albert, Cedar Rapids Branch Manager, to learn more about Robert Half and trends they’re seeing in the current job market.
What makes Robert Half unique?We match great people with great companies. Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, as we pioneered the idea of professional staffing services nearly 70 years ago. As the needs of businesses have evolved, so have we. Our clients and candidates find value in professional-level staffing, which is why we launched a series of professional staffing divisions in the finance and accounting, legal, creative and marketing, technology and administrative fields. Specialization benefits both us and our clients because we can focus on the top 10% of local candidates to make sure we’re placing qualified and readily available professionals.
Availability of workforce is a top concern for our member businesses. What strategy does Robert Half use to find qualified candidates for businesses open positions?
Iowa’s unemployment rate recently hit an 18-year low. This is very positive news for job seekers and our local economy, but it can prove difficult for businesses looking to hire top talent. In this case, it’s important for employers to reach candidates who are both actively and passively seeking a new job opportunity. A passive candidate is someone who’s currently employed and not actively searching for a job, but may be open to changing positions if the right opportunity arose. That’s the advantage of partnering with a specialized staffing firm such as Robert Half; we have access to an extensive network of both active and passive job seekers, and can identify the right match in terms of skills, as well as corporate culture fit.
Another trend we’re seeing is more employers – and candidates – interested in temp-to-full time positions. Hiring a full-time employee is an investment for businesses, and temp-to-full time is an ideal way for the candidate and employer to try each other out before making a final decision. Businesses that adopt a temp-to-hire strategy benefit from observing job candidates firsthand — and by hiring people who’ve gained a familiarity with the organization and its corporate culture. This approach to staffing provides a hands-on, realistic way of choosing a new employee with a lower risk of a hiring mistake.
Learn more about Robert Half on their website, RobertHalf.com.