Recruiting Services

Kent Employment Solutions offers a full range of recruiting services for employers, which means we can address each stage in the lifecycle of the hiring process. You choose where to enter the process.

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Hiring Process Map


Needs Analysis

As a company expands, contracts, and transforms, it can create skill gaps within the existing staff. Although the company may recognize these deficits, few are equipped to articulate the specific modifications needed to close these gaps by hiring the right talent. In the earliest phase of engagement, we help employers perform an overall analysis in order to determine the type of candidate they need to hire in order to deliver their short- and long-term strategies. By helping organizations define their needs clearly, we lay the groundwork for finding the right people.

Hiring Process Optimization

Defining a measurable, objective process for assessing potential candidates is crucial for every business, but especially so for organizations that are family-owned or otherwise closely held. Repeatedly, we have seen such companies fill critical roles based on emotional criteria after being flooded with personal referrals. Choosing Kent Employment Solutions to design your hiring process will help you avoid this pitfall by creating a structure that focuses on skills, knowledge, abilities, and fit.

Direct Hire Contingency Search

We utilize our extensive network of contacts to identify qualified candidates for staff roles in the areas of accounting, finance, human resources, administration, sales, and marketing. Our process is a risk-free and cost-effective way to bring top talent directly into your organization:

  • Employer hires the person directly onto their payroll
  • Service charge based upon the percentage of the candidate’s starting annual salary
  • Guarantee of 90 calendar days, with a 100% credit towards re-filling that position

Executive Level

Our executive recruiting skills are unmatched in the areas of accounting, finance, IT, human resources, administration, sales, and marketing. Operating with the highest ethical standards and complete confidentiality, we identify, assess, and recruit the best executives in the Northwest and beyond, bringing their senior leadership skills to Portland to give your organization a competitive edge. In order to ensure that your open position receives the full attention of our team, we use the following process:

  • Down payment of one-third of the anticipated fee is due upon execution of the agreement
  • KES will vet all candidates to ensure consistency of process
  • Employer hires the person directly onto their payroll
  • Service charge based upon the percentage of the candidate’s starting annual salary
  • Guarantee of 180 calendar days, with a 100% credit towards re-filling that position

Through this process, you gain access to the entire candidate pool—including passive job seekers and candidates that you did not elect to interview or hire who may yet be appropriate for future roles.

Kent Employment Solutions can also provide a customized coaching approach designed to assist executives in their development. Our goal is sustainable behavioral change that is directly tied to business results. We collaborate to design a development plan that is customized for each executive’s role and situation.

Temporary Staffing

Short-Term Support
Employers choose this option when they need interim help and are not seeking to hire someone on long term. We provide job candidates who best fit your temporary needs and understand your objectives and finite nature of the work. In addition to the most common reasons for seeking this support—vacation replacement, seasonal assistance, and so on—bringing in talent for short engagements can help you meet other objectives in ways you may not have considered:

  • Augment staff skill sets
  • Build short-term capacity
  • Manage specific projects
  • Train existing employees
  • Pilot and test newly created positions

If you would prefer to evaluate a person’s performance before moving them into a permanent role, we can match you with workers open to the temp-to-hire arrangement. The built-in flexibility of this engagement gives you the opportunity to evaluate both the position and the person in it. Job seekers also like this option because it allows to “preview” a job and a company before making a decision.

  • Employer works with the candidate on a temporary basis for 520 hours
  • If satisfied, employer hires the person directly onto their payroll at no additional cost

The employer may convert the temp-to-hire candidate before the 520 hours are complete by paying a conversion charge based on the amount of time the temporary employee worked at your facility. There is no replacement guarantee with this option.


Kent Employment Solutions provide genuine transition consulting. We know that most employees have already experienced one or more layoffs in their employment history, so, although some companies may think outplacement means accessing a generic webinar, we believe your former employees in transition deserve something more. We work with companies to design outplacement plans that support each individual. Employers pay only for services actually utilized during the transition—not for expensive programs that are minimally helpful and therefore rarely used.

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