Staffing Agencies Durham

An efficient, well-trained staff is the cornerstone of any good business—you are only as strong as your weakest employee—and staff agencies can ensure that your potential workforce is handpicked and up to the task. Find local staffing agencies and staffing info by checking the listings below.

Manpower
+44 (0) 1325 468621
36A Blackwellgate
Darlington
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+44 (0) 1642 495780
10 Queen Street
Redcar
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247 Staff
+44 (0) 1642 232362
147 Albert Road
Middlesbrough
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Leda Recruitment
+44 (0) 1642 244711
55-57 Albert Road
Middlesbrough
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Spring Personnel
+44 (0) 845 337 4735
18-19 Bondgate
Darlington
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Angel
+44 (0) 1325 481026
40274 Horse Market
Darlington
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Pertemps
+44 (0) 1642 495460
9 Queen Street
Redcar
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Adecco
+44 (0) 191 383 2709
North Road
Durham
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RMS
+44 (0) 1325 389333
43 Duke Street
Darlington
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Hays Personnel
+44 (0) 191 384 1280
28 Market Place
Durham
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What Characteristics to Look for when Recuiting Sales Staff

There are a number of key characteristics of an effective sales person and an interview is the ideal basis on which to judge someone’s sales skills. After all, if they can’t sell themselves to you they’re unlikely to be effective at selling your product or service.
 
Choosing the right sales staff is vital, as joint research commissioned by the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), Canon, the Learning & Skills Council, Northern Rock and One NorthEast, illustrates. Their research centred on the economy of the North-East of England, and suggests that if sales skills were improved to such an extent that all sales targets were hit, it would be possible for firms in the region to hire an additional 150,000 employees. This translates to a figure of £12 billion.
 

When interviewing potential sales staff you should look for the following characteristics:

  • Assertiveness – someone who can clearly and concisely put across their point without becoming aggressive.

  • Character – someone who is likeable and easy to get along with.

  • Competitiveness – a competitive attitude is hugely beneficial. Many people dislike selling, the rejections, and trying to close a deal. Truly effective sales people have a competitive streak where they actually enjoy the challenge of closing deals.

  • Confidence – someone who can take a lot of rejection without it affecting their confidence.

  • Enth...

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Where to Find Sales Staff

Many small businesses require sales staff at some point to help bring in new business or keep in touch with current customers. The problem is where to find suitable candidates.
 
First, think of what experience the sales staff need, their level of education, whether you require them on a long term or short term basis, and what salary terms and commissions you can offer. These requirements will affect the choice of recruitment method.
 
Once you’ve decided on the criteria that the successful candidate must have you can look into the how you find a suitable candidate. In general there are three main options available to you.
 
  • Recruitment Agencies
 
These agencies specialise in matching suitable candidates to specific job roles. They are good at finding high quality candidates who are serious about working in your sector.
 
However, they tend to be the most expensive method of recruiting, the process is slower than hiring people independently, and they are usually most suited to finding candidates for long term positions.

To fill a short-term and predominantly commission-based sales position recruitment agencies are unlikely to be suitable.
 
  • Advertisements
 
Job advertisements can be placed in local newspapers, specific trade magazines, or online. Local newspapers are ideal for recruiting someone with knowledge of the local area, particularly important if you have a business catering to the local community.
 
Advertisements in trade magazines are good at targeting people with specialised knowledge of your industry. However, the problem with print advertising is the limited space to specify the requirements of the role. The result can be a lot of inappropriate candidates applying for the position.
 
Advertising on specific job-related websites can be a low cost way of reaching a broad audience, and is particularly effective if you’re advertising a g...

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