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When working with staffing firms, such as Focus, it is important to know the difference between the services offered. These include contract or temporary, contract to hire and direct hire. Depending on where a business stands, it might make sense to use one service over the other. In this mini blog post series, we will break down each type of service, starting with direct hire.

What is direct hire?

Direct hire is sometimes referred to as direct placement. These positions are usually full-time, but can also be part-time, and include full benefits. Companies utilize direct hire with the intention of committing to a long-term relationship with their staffing agency. During the direct hire process, Focus identifies candidates on the client’s behalf and qualifies each candidate through an extensive process. Then the client selects the employee to hire. Once the employee has accepted the position and started, the new hire goes straight onto the client’s payroll and becomes an employee of the client’s company.

What Makes Direct Hire Different?

1. Creates a Sense of Belongingness

When bringing on a new employee through direct hire, this allows employees to feel like they are on a team. Studies have shown that companies can reap substantial bottom-line benefits if workers feel like they belong. According to the Harvard Business Review, high belonging was linked to a 56% increase in job performance, a 50% drop in turnover risk and a 75% reduction in sick days.

2. Increases Retention

Since direct hire positions are usually full-time and include full benefits, this means that candidates applying for this position are looking to make a commitment. Employees hired directly feel like they have become a part of something bigger than just a temporary position.

3. Increases Stability

A huge advantage of direct hire is the sense of stability since it offers full benefits. In this situation, candidates are more likely to accept an offer or leave their current position for a direct hire role.

4. Attracts Passive Candidates

When searching for a direct hire position, Focus recruiters are sourcing from a different talent pool. In this case, Focus searches for passive candidates, meaning these individuals are employed but not currently looking for a new opportunity. Having that said, recruiters are also able to find people with industry experience which leads to a stronger candidate.

Regardless of where a business stands, at Focus, we are here to help companies find which service will work for them. Stay on the lookout for our future blog posts where we are going to dive deeper into the other services: contract and contract to hire. If we can help you fulfill these needs, please reach out to us at (770) 937-0410.


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