Less Is More
4:1 is a ratio of which Zilker Partners is rather proud to boast. It represents the number of candidates to actual hires we send our clients. Most staffing companies send five to ten times that number - not because they have more talented candidates but, because they assume you have the time and will to spend weeks whittling down their list.
You see, most IT staffing companies believe they impress with quantity. The more candidates they send your way, the more you think you’re getting what you paid for - candidates. They aren’t so concerned with how well those candidates fit your requirements or your culture. That part, apparently, is up to you.
Zilker Partners is different. We believe you hire us so you don’t have to spend all that time finding the right person among the many candidates sent your way. For us, quality trumps quantity any day of the week. We’d rather send you a handful of highly-qualified professionals that we have already spent the upfront time screening. You spend less effort finding the right person for the job and achieve faster ROI. We respect your time and know you have other things to do.
How We Do It
It’s not rocket science; it’s common sense. We get to know our customers. We want to know what makes your company tick as much as we want to know about the requirements for the specific job. We often find the requirements are too general and therefore cast too broad a net. We help our clients rethink their requirements, asking the questions that encourage them to get specific in order to find just the right person for every job.
We don’t want to give away our secret sauce, but we can tell you one thing we do differently than any other IT staffing company out there. We actually take the time to get to know our candidates, too - beyond their resume and initial interview. Zilker Partners doesn’t just meet the candidates, we know our candidates. Most IT staffing companies don’t take this extra step. That’s why they send so many unqualified candidates. With Zilker Partners, you’ll never talk to an unqualified candidate again.
Our proprietary process includes extensive background and screening. We learn more than their work history, skills and desired income. We get to know who they are as a person: their family life, their desire to travel or not, how well they work on a team, how willing they are to learn new skills, and so on. Why do we go this deep? Because we want to be sure the person not only fits your requirements but fits your culture as well.
Most of us don’t work in isolation. We work in teams, collaborating to bring ideas to life. Anyone can fill a position based on a resume. Zilker Partners fills a position based on the complete package. It’s how we’ve done it from the beginning and it’s why customers come to us after they’ve tried using other IT staffing companies.
Why We Do It
Our founders have a long history in IT. After working with IT staffing companies for years, one of them saw a disturbing pattern. Companies received vague job requirements without a real understanding of the actual role, then threw candidates over the fence, so to speak. Most of those candidates weren’t right for the job, but as long as the staffing company was sending them leads, they believed their job was done.
Zilker Partners was founded specifically to change the industry from highly impersonal to refreshingly intimate. With a philosophy based on relationships, Zilker Partners was born. To us, staffing isn’t about sending the most candidates, it’s about sending the right ones.
We are in this business to match talent with needs. We want to save our clients and our candidates time, cost and frustration. Hiring the wrong person is expensive. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a bad hire costs at least 30 percent of the employee’s first-year earnings. We don’t want to see you hire the wrong person. We don’t want to see skilled candidates take the wrong job. We perfected our process to ensure the right person is hired for the right job. Plain and simple.