What are the differences between recruiting and staffing?


Both recruitment and staffing are focused on filling open job positions, but they have different focuses, strengths, and processes, depending on the industry. Let’s break down the differences!


First, Why Consider Working with a Recruitment or Staffing Agency? 

Here’s a counter question: wouldn’t it be better for your hiring manager’s time to focus on providing proper training and orientation for the. Best candidates? 

When hiring managers take on the search process for new employees or temporary works, they must be able to identify the right candidate to consider hiring, often spending hours looking through resumes, conducting interviews, and checking references. 

Add to the fact that the hiring environment today is extremely competitive, and it’s more and more difficult for organizations to find and narrow down the best candidates. 

Whether it’s recruitment or staffing, partnering with an agency means that they can manage the most time-consuming aspects of the hiring process. Just some of the benefits include: 

  • Quicker process to find and connect with qualified candidates
  • Handling all the administrative tasks involved in recruiting and interviewing
  • Helping to with negotiating salaries and managing payroll
  • More cost-efficient process by reducing the amount of work needed to fill positions. 
  • Less likely to make costly mistakes, such as hiring someone who doesn’t fit into the company culture. 


What Does a Recruitment Agency Do? 

In general, recruiters specialize in finding and hiring high-level employees for full-time. These agencies utilize their vast networks to approach the best candidates and urge them to apply. They also understand the importance of finding candidates who fit your company’s culture and values, so the focus is to attract long-term employees who can add exceptional value to the company. 

When you work with a recruiter, they’ll be the ones to screen all the cover letters and resumes that come in. If preliminary tests, references, or samples are required, the recruitment agency will manage that process as well. Only then do they pass a small number of selected applications to the company, where interviews can take place.  

Here are just a few recruitment agencies that can find the high-quality candidates your company needs the most! 


TruPath is focused on filling executive leadership positions within the semiconductor industry. With over 15,000 direct hires since inception, they’re the ideal partner for finding culturally aligned talent that boosts companies to the next level. https://trupathsearch.com/


On Time Talent Solutions uses 20+ years of healthcare staffing experience to secure the best candidates for clinical and non-clinical roles. With an emphasis on assisted living communities and primary care practices, On Time offers multiple locations across the United States to assists with talent acquisition.


Recruiterie leverages its expansive candidate network with a comprehensive vetting process to ensure each candidate is ready to succeed. Their human resource executive search firm adopts a rigorous search process to meet each client’s needs and expectations, as well as evaluating various aspects of the company, including goals, mission, company culture, and more.


What Does a Staffing Agency Do? 

Staffing agencies can also focus on providing candidates to organizations who need more immediate help. If personnel left at short notice or you have a large project coming up, a temporary worker can be just the thing! Temporary employees are available to work in industrial sectors, in healthcare, or as office and administrative staff. 

In this option, suitable candidates have already applied on their own, completed the vetting process, and exist in a database. This database can filter based on experience, skill level, or availability. The biggest advantage of a staffing agency is the simplicity of hiring; there’s no worrying about benefits or taxes, and the short-term nature of the position is more about fulfilling an immediate need, rather than laying the foundation for company culture.  That said, the temporary position to full time position transition is not uncommon!

Here are a few staffing agencies that can help to fill those vital temporary roles! 


Speed is of the essence when it comes to covering restaurant shifts. Qwick’s on-demand hiring service connects with qualified food and beverage professionals in real-time. Employers upload their open shift and specify when and where to report. Pre-vetted candidates can view and accept the shift immediately! 


Tradesmen International provides construction contractors and industrial companies with North America’s best, safety-minded skilled craftsmen. With more than 175 construction-specific recruiters based out of their National Recruiting Center and network of nearly 200 local market service teams, Tradesmen knows how to find craftsmen who are reliable, verifiably skilled and safety-minded.

Both staffing and recruiting are crucial elements of building the best team to represent your company, so you can focus on what you do best – running your business. The next time your company has an open position, consider partnering with one of these agencies we’ve suggested!