In this article, we will discuss what to look for when choosing a San Diego staffing agency.

San Diego remains the 8th largest city in the United States. With UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering now routinely ranked in the top 10, the conditions are ripe for further tech business expansion. Especially in the Sorrento Valley area, there is a thriving tech community that doesn’t see the publicity of places like Silicon Valley. Nonetheless, thousands of tech workers commute to that area every morning.

A couple things you can do right off the bat are check the San Diego Better Business Bureau. Run a quick search for the staffing agency you are interested in, just to make sure they don’t have any egregious complaints against them. You can also check Yelp for San Diego employment agencies. But beware, many Yelp reviews can be fake and the score doesn’t necessarily give you a real idea of what it’s like to work with that staffing firm.

The best tool to use, in my opinion, is LinkedIn. You can search a staffing agency name and see all of the people that work for that firm. Most of them should be active on LinkedIn, so you can even send them messages and ask questions. This goes right to the source instead of through whatever channels they have on their website that are more designed to coral you.

Questions to ask are staffing agencies are as follows:

  1. What makes you different from other staffing agencies?
  2. Have you recruited for or successfully placed [insert job type, e.g. software engineer] before?
  3. Can you give me some examples of other businesses you’ve helped?
  4. Will you dedicate a recruiter to my job or how much time will be spent on my role?
  5. What do your fees and contracts look like?

Those are a few basic questions to consider asking staffing companies and recruiters. Ideally you want to work with some recruiters that are familiar with your industry and have recruited for the same position before. They will understand the subject matter and may even have potential candidates in their pipeline already. You shouldn’t have to spend too much time educating them on your needs.

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