How to Get the Most from Working with a Cybersecurity Staffing Agency
May 27, 2022 at 5:00 AM
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Today, every business in every industry is at risk of cybersecurity attacks. Data breaches are not only a huge inconvenience to a company, they create downtime that costs companies money and time. Not to mention the potential loss of trust from their clients.

Therefore, having qualified cybersecurity staff on your team is crucial for security today, and prosperity tomorrow. To help you find qualified candidates or staff your company for temp projects, partnering with a cybersecurity staffing agency is a wise decision. Here’s how to get the most out of the partnership.

Traditional Staffing Agencies versus a Cybersecurity Staffing Agency

Getting the most from the services of a staffing agency begins with choosing a staffing agency that specializes in your industry. When you choose to work with a staffing firm that has direct experience sourcing for the type of positions you need filling, you can expect a higher level of expertise and knowledge.

While a staffing agency that sources for a wide variety of roles may still bring in quality candidates or temp workers, an agency that specifically hires for cybersecurity roles will understand a candidate's qualifications in a greater capacity. This means the agency will be able to discern whether or not a candidate has the knowledge and experience to effectively fulfill your company’s needs. Of course, on your end, you’ll need to take the time to clearly define the position’s needs.

First, Define the Position or Your Immediate Needs

Before candidates can apply to your position, be interviewed by recruiters, and ultimately join your team, an organization will need to define the exact cybersecurity or IT needs that exist. A job specification should include detailed responsibilities, required qualifications, and other additional points like preferred education level, and necessary certifications or skills.

Taking the time to be thorough at this stage will set your cybersecurity staffing agency up for success, and help ensure that you find the right candidate faster. Working with a staffing firm that specializes in cybersecurity is especially helpful for this part because the firm will have a sound understanding of the needed qualifications, and can even help you define your needs as well.

And if you need experienced personnel on an hourly or per-project basis, BARAN can help staff your organization through a seamless process.

Clearly Communicate Expectations

In the same vein as defining your open position, during the initial meetings with a staffing agency, you’ll want to clearly communicate your expectations. This could mean establishing a desired hiring timeline, learning how often you can expect to receive updates, and communicating how much you would like to be involved.

A key benefit of staffing agencies is that they save your organization the time and resources to conduct the recruiting and hiring process all on your own. But if expectations aren’t put in place and understood by both sides, you could end up with extra, time-consuming meetings.

Therefore, setting expectations helps a staffing agency understand your goals, and better understand what you need from a candidate.

Your Participation

Although you probably decided to work with a hiring firm to help reduce the administrative burden of the recruiting process, you’ll still want availability to meet with candidates and recruiters. Especially the further along a candidate moves through the hiring process.

Make sure you have the time and ability to collaborate with a staffing agency at the appropriate intervals of the recruitment process. It can also be helpful to coordinate with a staffing agency on viewing resumes or applications in case there’s a candidate that stands out.

BARAN: The Expert Cybersecurity Staffing Agency on Standby

Whether you need qualified cybersecurity personnel on a per hour, per project, or long-term basis, BARAN can help.

Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.