When it comes to employment, there are two sides of the story. Employers say, “Good help is hard to find,” while job seekers think, “I can’t find a decent paying job out there.” No matter which side of the fence you’re on, finding good work and workers is a difficult process. If you’re hiring, one job opening could attract hundreds of applicants. Sifting through them to find a good fit is time consuming. On the other hand, a job candidate may feel like he or she is sending resumes into the black hole of the Internet, never to hear a response.

How can businesses and job seekers cut through the red tape of the hiring process? Many use a staffing agency to expedite and simplify the process. A staffing or employment agency is a firm hired by a company to help with its staffing needs. Employment agencies find people to fill all kinds of jobs, from permanent to seasonal or temporary, in a number of career fields. At Crown Services Inc. we specialize in administrative, clerical, light industrial, manufacturing, skilled workers and healthcare. Whether a company needs a nurse, an administrative assistant, a manager or a carpenter, a staffing agency can find the right employee.

For employers, a staffing agency can take the grunt work out of human resources. Filling an open position takes time and money. The American Staffing Association estimates that hiring a worker can cost 7 to 20 percent of that position’s salary and take 30 to 45 days to fill [source: American Staffing Association]. This is quite taxing to most companies and their staff, so they contract with an employment agency to implement the hiring process.

When a business needs a specific person for a job, they work with a recruiter from a staffing agency. The recruiter handles the search process and matches up an employee with the job in question, lining up potential candidates who interview with the company.

When a company just needs a vacation fill-in or someone to work for a few months, it uses an employment agency. Staffing agencies provide skilled employees to work on a temporary or contract basis.

For job seekers, an employment agency can be the ticket to obtaining a full-time job. Recruiters can open doors to positions that may not be easy to find by an individual seeking employment. Staffing companies allow you to try out different companies and industries, and they’re also great for those looking for short-term or part-time work.