5 Strategies For Sourcing Temporary Talent


Unemployment rates skyrocketed in the first half of 2020. COVID-19 demanded that millions of companies halt processes significantly and/or entirely. The good news? Those numbers started taking a turn for the better in the final months of the year. Unemployment numbers decreased from 14.4% in April to 8.5% in August. With more companies hiring back necessary staff, it also means that HR teams are working hard on sourcing temporary talent to ensure that all their needs are met while trying to make do with limited budgets.

If your HR team is looking for ways to make ends meet without overextending your hiring budget, then sourcing independent contractors or other temporary talent could be the perfect solution.

The Benefits Of Sourcing Temporary Talent

When it comes to filling necessary positions on a limited budget, sourcing temporary talent can be beneficial. Sourcing temporary talent can help save your company substantially in training costs and benefits packages. It can also help you scout potential permanent hires as well. Many of our current WorkBright team members started as freelancers and contractors. Do you need another reason to consider sourcing temporary talent? Here are just a few of the most important benefits:

Allows You To Scale Up Or Back As Needed

During these uncertain times, businesses need to be able to scale up their team when needed and scale back as well. Sourcing temporary talent helps you maintain costs without having to worry your permanent staff about layoffs or furloughs. 

Little To No Training Needed

One of the biggest advantages to sourcing temporary talent is that these workers have already been vetted before being placed with your organization. In most cases, that means the talent you bring on is already trained in the areas you need. Your temporary workers can jump right in without undergoing extra training, which saves you time and money on employee onboarding costs.

Boost Employee Morale

Many companies are working with skeleton crews. Employees have to work longer hours and work on tasks that they may not be familiar with. These small teams can lead to frustrated, overworked staff. When you bring on temporary hires, you can help spread the workload and increase employee morale. 

Gives You Direct Access To Potential Permanent Hires

Finally, when you source temporary talent, it gives you direct access to skilled professionals. There is no going through the interviewing and hiring process only to find out that new hires aren’t a good fit. With temporary hires, you can get an idea of their abilities, skills, and work ethic in person. If they fit in well and you have room in the budget for a full-time, permanent hire, then you can offer them a position without having to worry about the “what ifs.”


5 Strategies For Sourcing Temporary Talent For Your Company

With so many benefits to sourcing temporary talent for your company, it’s no surprise that many HR teams are turning to this option instead of going through the extra work to hire new workers or overworking current staff members. 

If you’ve never gone through the process of sourcing temporary talent for your team, then you’ll want to give one of these five strategies a try:

1. Partner Up With A Staffing Service

One of the most common ways to source temporary talent for your team is by working with a staffing service. There are dozens of reliable services that do the heavy lifting for you, including:

  • Looking through job resumes
  • Identifying relevant skills/experience
  • Categorizing individuals into the right employment pools

With these individuals grouped accordingly, these staffing services can help HR teams by suggesting individuals that fit your needs, and your HR team can select the best possible candidate for the position. 

2. Post Temporary Position Listings On Job Search Sites

If you’re okay with writing up a job description and posting it on popular job search sites, then that’s another viable option worth exploring. With unemployment still relatively high in most areas, those looking for work are more willing to consider a temporary position. 

Should you consider this strategy, you’ll want to make sure you are taking the time to write up a descriptive job post that details:

  • The position/responsibilities
  • Salary
  • Requirements for applying
  • Necessary skills/education

You also want to make sure that you highlight the fact that the position is only temporary. If you can’t guarantee a permanent position after so much time, do not use that to attract possible candidates. If you have the budget and this is a temp-to-hire position, don’t be afraid to list that in the job description. 

3. Social Media Sourcing

Did you know that approximately 3.6 billion people use social media worldwide? With so many people online, companies are finding innovative ways to use social media for marketing, communication, and even sourcing talent. 

A recent study showed that approximately 80% of employers use social media to source temporary and permanent talent to add to their team. Social media is an excellent way to share news with your audience. You’d be surprised at how many potential candidates could be lurking on your profiles. 

Should you decide to post an announcement on your social media profiles, you may be tempted to share it in a more relaxed manner. While that’s not necessarily a bad idea, you still want to make sure you are professional. While your announcement may be more informal, any information about the position and its lifespan need to be detailed. You should also follow up on any inquiries professionally.

Do you want to learn more about using social media to recruit employees? Check out our eBook about social recruiting.

4. Utilize Your Own Brand’s Website

One often underutilized source for sharing temporary work is your brand’s website. This is especially true if you’ve considered sharing open positions on social media or other online job boards. People come across your website for many reasons. Going to your website is a natural next step after seeing your job listing on another site.

If you are serious about sourcing temporary talent, advertising on your brand’s website is an excellent way to attract the right candidates. Your career page should always be one of the first places you post new opportunities.

5. Employee Referrals

If you want to source temporary talent without stirring up too much of a commotion, then you may want to reach out to your current staff for referrals. One great benefit of employee referrals is that you’ll bring on people that will likely mesh well with your current staff. 

Some employees may fear that referring someone to the company can affect their own work. If you’re considering going this route, you’ll want to consider establishing an employee referral program that outlines specifics such as:

  • What jobs are being filled, and how those roles will interact with permanent hires.
  • Any bonuses the current employee may receive and when those are paid out.
  • Information regarding the safety of their current position should their referral not work out.

Outlining this information helps your team feel safe referring their network to the company. Referring people to work at the company isn’t second nature for most employees, so you want to make sure they feel good about it.

Sourcing Temporary Talent: Finding The Right Workers Makes All The Difference

No matter why you are hiring temporary talent, it doesn’t have to be a complicated process. If your HR team utilizes one or more of these five strategies for sourcing temporary talent, you’re sure to find the perfect new hire to help your team out.