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How does SS@MA screen candidates?

What do you require of all your candidates?

How do I know which candidates are right for my needs?

What is the Agency fee?

How does SS@MA find qualified candidates?

What kind of experience do SS@MA candidates have?

How are the candidates selected?

What are some of the benefits of working with SS@MA?

What geographic territories does Staffing Solutions service?


How does SS@MA screen candidates?

The candidates you meet through us will have completed a detailed application as well as a thorough interview with our Placement Counselors. We speak to each reference at length and write up a detailed summary for your review. In addition to verifying recent work experience, we request documentation of legal residence. We do criminal background checks to include driving record.

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What do you require of all your candidates?

We have a minimum requirement of 2 years of private home professional experience. Candidates are required to have verifiable, previous work experience in a home or similar industry. Based on your information and job description, we will execute a search to match your requirements.

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How do I know which candidates are right for my needs?

Your search process will be streamlined with the support of an experienced Placement Counselor who will help you create a job description. Your Placement Counselor will let you know all of the candidates in our active database who match your job profile. You will interview the candidate at your convenience and our search will be tailored according to your ongoing feedback.

When you meet a candidate you are interested in hiring, we suggest a 2 -3 day Working Interview to see if the candidate meets your specific needs. You will be required to pay the candidate for this time according to the salary agreement you negotiate with them in advance.

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What is the Agency fee?

There is a non-refundable annual Registration Fee of $295. This fee covers consultation, search and the registration of a long-term placement and the use of our "Temporary/Short Term Services" for one year from the date of registration.

Our professional fee is 20% of gross annual salary or $3000, whichever is greater. Our fee is due when an offer of employment has been accepted and an agreed-upon start date has been confirmed by the employer and employee.

The fee for our service is due if a candidate is hired, directly or indirectly, by an employer who has listed their job opening with our Agency.

Fees for pre-employment background checks are included in our placement fee after a job offer has been made and accepted.
Employers who introduce our candidates to another employer will be responsible for payment of the placement fee.

SS@MA conducts in-depth interviews of clients to identify specific requirements in order to create a suitable match between employer and employee. In the event that you terminate employment during the first 4 months of employment, we will offer you a partial credit of your original fee to be applied towards a future search. This credit is prorated based on the employee's last day in the position. Our Referral Agreement provides a detailed outline of all the terms and fees mentioned.

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How does SS@MA find qualified candidates?

Since 1979, we have been successfully placing experienced candidates in homes throughout the Washington metro area. We are proud to work with service providers who have completed long-term assignments through us and have returned to us for further placement. We also partner with other leading agencies to conduct nationwide searches for qualified candidates.

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What kind of experience do SS@MA candidates have?

The candidates represented by our agency must have long-term professional experience and references in their related field. Our candidate pool consists of a wonderful variety of ages, ethnic and educational backgrounds and experience levels. This diversity allows us to offer you a wide range of profiles to match your unique needs.

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How are the candidates selected?

Finding the right person for our clients and their family is our job. Although SS@MA is dedicated to identifying candidates who have the job experience the client has described, we also understand that personality and chemistry are a large part of the ideal matching process.

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What are some of the benefits of working with SS@MA?

  • Short-term, temporary and emergency care
  • Monthly CPR classes and on-going workshops
  • Resources for payroll and tax information
  • Provide consultation in developing contracts and agreements
  • Consultation and ongoing support throughout the placement

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What geographic territories does Staffing Solutions service?

Staffing Solutions places Nannies and Household Staffing in all of the Washington Metropolitan areas.

Our clients and qualified household staffing professionals span the following areas:

Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton, Oak Hill, McLean, Great Falls, Reston, Herndon, Clifton, Fairfax Station, Burke, Springfield, Arlington, Alexandria, Mount Vernon, Ft. Belvoir, Annandale, Chantilly). Loudoun County VA (Leesburg, Middleburg, Sterling, Ashburn, Waterford, Hamilton). Montgomery County MD (Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac). Prince Georges County MD, Stafford County VA, Prince William County VA (Manassas, Dale City, Woodbridge, Nokesville). Fauquier County VA (Warrenton, Haymarket, Gainesville). Washington DC.

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