Competition for IT talent nationwide is at its highest poinman-people-space-desk-larget since 2005, and staffing agencies can help give clients a leg-up in finding the best IT resources available.  But securing the IT professionals you need in current market conditions takes teamwork.   Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your staffing agency and make the relationship a win-win:

1. Start the relationship early. 

Don’t wait until you’re ready to begin a project to start looking for talent. Since the unemployment rate in the IT market is at an all-time low and many of the best professionals book jobs several months in advance, there is little or no lag time between projects. In order to line up the best talent for your next project, it is best to plan at least 3-6 months ahead of the project start time.

2. Tell them what you need (even if it’s help). 

Job requirements and skillsets evolve at the same rate as new technology, and spending time on out-of-date job requirements is about as beneficial as mastering an obsolete piece of technology.  A good staffing agency can help you define and prioritize the specifics of the job description to ensure you find the best match.  Also, the best staffing agencies will also help you look at the big picture.  According to Inavero’s State of the Industry report, “top staffing agencies keep clients informed and up-to-date on current staffing and recruiting trends.”   Nobody makes a hire within a vacuum.  Insight on how your recruitment efforts will be affected by local and national recruitment trends is paramount to success.

3. Communication is key.

Communication is key when it comes to working with staffing agencies—and the good ones communicate often. Make sure you work with a staffing agency that checks in with you before, during and after an assignment.   A staffing agency that thinks long term and keeps the lines of communication open will provide the best ROI for your staffing dollar, compared to agencies that simply move on to filling the next open position.

As a staffing agency consistently ranked by client’s and talent through Inavero as being one of the best, MDI Group understands what it’s like to keep up with the ever-changing IT market. For more information on how we can help you, we invite you to visit our website at and download our IT Compensation and Hiring guide for your local market.

Connie Chiasson
Connie Chiasson is MDI Group’s EVP of the East Region.  If you are interested in learning more about how to attract the best IT talent, contact Connie directly at or call us 888-416-7949.  MDI Group has offices and specializes in recruiting IT talent in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Fort Worth, Greenville and Phoenix.

*Inavero is a leading provider of satisfaction survey tools and expertise. Inavero currently works with more than 80 firms in the staffing, accounting, legal, insurance, higher education, technology, and industrial manufacturing industries to measure client satisfaction.