How to Find and Hire Trained 3PL Staff If and When You Need Them

It’s no secret that finding and hiring staff is time-consuming, in general. But when you are looking for staff who are already highly trained within a specific field, like 3PL, the talent search becomes all the more difficult.

Luckily, there is a way to tackle this process that is not only painless but also fast. Below you will find an outline of how you can find and hire trained 3PL staff when you need them using Flexsource.

1. Tap into a pool of relevant candidates

The first step when it comes to locating quality 3PL staff is to begin your search with a large pool of potential candidates.

The bigger the pool is, to begin with, the easier it will be to find the talent you need within that pool. As long as the candidates you are looking at have some sort of relevancy.

The benefits of starting off with a large but relevant pool of candidates are the following:

  • You can find a candidate with the precise skills you are looking for.
  • It produces more sustainable hiring results, where candidates stick around longer.
  • It increases the efficiency of the hiring process, which saves you time and heartache.

Flexsource is the perfect example of a talent pool that makes it easy to find 3PL staff. The Flexsource database features over 1.3 million candidates across relevant 3PL job categories such as warehouse distribution, production manufacturing, transport logistics, and more.

There are between 4,500 and 5,000 people working for Flexsource every day, so even if we don’t find the right talent in our database you can imagine how quickly word-of-mouth among that group could amplify the reach of our talent pool.

2. Be able to find candidates at the right time

Locating an appropriate group of talented staff is one thing, but the next step is even more difficult. Finding talent that is actually available when you need them to be.

Many candidates on the job market are already currently employed, which means it could take weeks before they are able to end their contract with their current employer and ramp up working with you.

At Flexsource we have solved this problem for you, too. Not only do we provide a pool of relevant candidates based on availability, we are able to tap into our workers’ networks to locate additional talent referrals via word-of-mouth.

These processes combine to ensure that you get the right-sized team for your project as soon as you need them.

3. Always attract new candidates before you need them

If you have not yet boarded the ‘employer branding’ train, the bad news is that the train may have already left without you.

In today’s job market, it’s not enough to simply locate and contact the right candidate; instead, employers need to work hard to impress the best talent in order to reel them in.

In fact, a recent survey showed that 86% of HR professionals believe that today’s recruitment strategies are becoming increasingly aligned with marketing.

With all the work that goes into the hiring process as it is, having to worry about employer branding is just one more thing to add to your list.

With Flexsource, you don’t have to worry about developing an entire employer branding strategy in order to attract the talent you really need. We are already a leader when it comes to attracting the best 3PL talent, and they are ready to work as soon as you are.

4. Be ready to manage relationships proactively (not just when you need them)

The way a company manages its relationship with candidates leaves a lasting impression on that company’s overall reputation.

Whether you struggle to stay on top of internal communications or neglect to follow-up with candidates after an interview, bad relationship practices can easily scare-off top talent, and simply make your company look bad.

In fact, a recent survey showed that 72% of candidates that had a negative recruitment experience with a company told other people about that experience.

With Flexsource, you can put these worries to rest. We have an established team of industry recruiters that manage candidate relationships for you.


Without a specialist staffing agency like Flexsource on hand, these four steps would add up to dozens of hours of work for you and your hiring staff. They would also equate to thousands of dollars spent on the recruitment and hiring process.

To top it off, after all, is said and done, you still may not end up with the right candidates at the right time.

Flexsource makes hiring the perfect 3PL team a breeze, so you can spend more time focusing on the big picture.

Are you in-market for an Innovative Recruitment Partner?

John Twomey - Service Delivery Manager at Flexsource Recruitment.

Contact John today or see our staffing services.