The Best Way to Hire Multiple Warehouse Workers at Once

May 13, 2019

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It can be challenging to find qualified warehouse workers. Each role has its own unique prerequisites, and when you need to hire multiple employees to complete a big project, the task can feel almost impossible.

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There’s a solution that makes hiring easy: Work with a staffing firm. Recruiters will help you find multiple warehouse workers to fill your open roles.

What Do They Do?

Recruitment agencies present a convenient and effective hiring option.

Hiring multiple warehouse workers at the same time can be a struggle. Even if you know the qualities to look for in a picker/packer, you’re also thinking about the qualities you need in a new forklift operator. Each role requires a different set of skills.

As a hiring manager, you have to determine the required skills for each job and align them with every resume that comes your way.

A recruiter can ease the process for you and present a refined list of qualified candidates in a timely manner, so you don’t have to worry about reviewing resumes or crosschecking skills. The recruiter will reach out to candidates with the skills and experience you need, review their resumes, and verify their qualifications and work experience for you.

What Are the Challenges of Hiring in House?

There are several limitations to hiring in house. For one, you don’t have access to the candidate pool a recruiter has built over the years. This can make the process of hiring multiple warehouse workers more time consuming.

You may also need help defining the responsibilities in each role and creating effective job descriptions. From a general labourer to a merchandiser receiver, warehouse workers help you run a high-performing warehouse, and each role has its own set of qualifications.

  • A shipping specialist will need to communicate with vendors to ensure deliveries are sent out on time.
  • A forklift driver will move inventory from trucks to shelves and stack pallets. They will also ensure the forklift is safe and operational. In order to operate this machine, they must be certified.
  • Warehouse clerks will fulfill customer orders and handle returns.
  • A shipping associate will ensure the warehouse runs without a hitch, as well as oversee and organize shipments going in and out of the warehouse. This involves counting orders and managing inventory, activities that require basic computer skills.

Hiring multiple types of workers, all with varied skills and certification requirements, can quickly become overwhelming.

Why Work with a Staffing Agency?

If you’re struggling to hire new warehouse workers, partner with a staffing agency. Recruiters can effectively source and screen candidates based on the key skills and certifications listed in the job descriptions they create for your open roles.

They’ll review resumes and run background checks. They’ll help you find workers who will manage your warehouse efficiently, ensure you have enough stock on hand, ensure items are shipped out according to schedule, and make sure deliveries are sent out on time.

A recruitment firm can help you hire better. Recruiters have the resources and expertise to find and hire workers for your open roles.

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Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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