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Which Staffing Agency is Right For You?

Southwest Missouri is stacked with staffing agencies, but which one fits your needs? Decide below.

BY Jenna deJong

Jan 2019

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Express Employment Professionals

3050 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-887-5900

Focusing its efforts in the manufacturing, administrative and professional categories, this agency is a locally owned franchise dedicated to interviewing, skills testing, reference checks and E-Verify screenings. Once a candidate has been screened and tested for technical skills, the client decides whether that candidate is a good cultural fit in an interview and can choose a three-month evaluation hire process. 


Multiple 417-land locations 

Manufacturing, education and clerical work are the primary specialties of Penmac. With locations in Springfield, Nixa and Marshfield, this company is best if accessibility is a top concern. In addition, Penmac’s in-house employees work on-site so staff can fully understand if the candidates they place are integrating well into the culture and learning tasks. 

417 Staffing

3444 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-888-5188

Construction is 417 Staffing’s primary niche, although it's not limited to that. The agency has filled positions in both residential and commercial industries in addition to construction clean-up, janitorial, excavation, delivery, warehousing, framing, carpentry, landscaping, irrigation and plumbing. The agency fills temporary, temp-for-hire and permanent positions.

EmBark IT Staffing

901 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield, 417-849-9995 

This company is most qualified to fill positions in information technology and has skill sets in business intelligence, software developers, database administrators and engineers, system architects, software architects, technical support, server engineers and more. The company is predominantly referral-based, meaning it has connections other staffing agencies might not possess. Its focus is not limited to just southwest Missouri though—the company has worked in Texas and New York, even though most of its clients are based in 417-land. 


Multiple 417-land locations

Besides staffing, Manpower advises people how they can advance from their current position and even offers thousands of online courses to provide its placements addition training including a range of topics to choose from including software applications and programming. Most of the positions they place are in the administrative and manufacturing fields.


Multiple 417-land locations

In addition to the insurance agency, the company has a business consulting sector with staffing being one service of many. The consulting team focuses on permanent positions only and prioritizes culture fit. When screening candidates, the consulting agency analyzes whether the person would integrate well into their client’s work culture before determining if they possess the necessary technical skills for the job. 

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