The truth about using a staffing agency.
Some job seekers don’t want to use a staffing agency because they think these agencies only provide entry-level,
temporary jobs. Others think that agencies never provide benefits to workers.
None of this is true.
A job seeker can use a staffing agency to find a wide variety of jobs, including permanent jobs, in a number of industries. Staffing agencies hire everyone from entry-level workers to CEOs.
How Does a Staffing Agency Work?
At a staffing agency, companies pay the agency to find them employees. Job seekers can apply to specific jobs through the staffing agency, or can simply contact the staffing agency looking for a job. The agency interviews the job seekers and places them in appropriate positions. Typically, the agency then pays the selected candidate to work for the client company.
What are the Benefits of Using a Staffing Agency?
There are many benefits to using a staffing agency to find a job. Some benefits include:
They do the job searching for you
. When you sign up to work with a staffing agency, they ask you about your skills and experience, and let you know if they have a job that might be a good fit for you.
They know of job openings that aren’t available on other job sites
. This is a great way to get help finding job openings.
There is variety.
You can also find different types of jobs within a staffing agency. Jobs range from very short-term positions (as little as a couple weeks) to permanent positions.
There are often benefits.
Some staffing agencies provide clients with benefits after they have worked a certain number of days or hours. These benefits may include health insurance.
They give you feedback
. Most staffing agencies provide you with feedback throughout the job application process. They might give you tips on how to revise your resume, or provide advice on how to successfully interview. This kind of free feedback is invaluable
What Kinds of Jobs Are Available?
Some people think staffing agencies only fill temporary secretarial and administrative jobs. This is not the case. You can find a job in
many industries through a staffing agency.
Agencies also offer jobs that last for varying lengths of time. These include:
– Companies often look for temporary hires to help during an employee’s absence or period of leave, or during a busy work period. Sometimes they hire temporary workers to complete a particular project. These temporary jobs range in length from a couple of weeks to many months.
– Also known as temp-to-perm jobs, these positions begin as temporary jobs so that the company can get to know the employee on a trial basis. Then, if the company is happy with the employee’s work, they will likely hire him or her directly. While the staffing agency will typically pay for the worker during the temporary phase, the company will then take over paying the employee when he or she becomes a full-time hire.
s – Some staffing agencies hire candidates for permanent positions at companies. In these situations, the agency works more like a traditional
, finding, interviewing, and selecting candidates for the company. In this case, the company pays the agency a fee. If the company hires an employee, they pay for the employee.
When you interview with a staffing agency, feel free to ask questions. Ask about what benefits they offer, what kinds of jobs they typically fill, the industries they work with, and the average time it takes for a job seeker to land a job. The recruiter you work with is there to help you, so don’t be afraid to gather all the information you need.
Check into whether or not the agency has any services, such as workshops to help you develop skills, or counselors who will help you with your resume and cover letter. If these are available, take advantage of them.
Tips for Landing a Job Using a Staffing Agency
Treat it like a real interview. The staffing agency will likely set up an interview with you to get a better sense of your skills and experience. Treat this interview exactly as you would an interview with a company. Dress appropriately, and show up on time – early, if possible. Listen attentively and use positive body language to convey your attention and interest. Introduce yourself with a firm handshake. Bring your resume, and be ready to answer common interview questions. You might also be asked to complete a skills assessment to test your hard skills, so be prepared for this as well.
. Be honest about your goals, whether it’s to land a permanent position, maintain flexibility, or to develop some skills that will make you an attractive candidate for your next full-time job. Also be honest about your availability. If you are only available on weekdays, for example, tell this to the recruiter at the staffing agency. Finally, be honest about your employment history. If you have an employment gap, for example, tell the recruiter. He or she can help you figure out how to explain this to an employer.
Keep an open mind
. Even if you really want a full-time position, consider being open to temporary jobs or contract work. These can help you develop skills that might be useful when you apply for your next full-time job. You also never know – if you impress an employer, he or she might try to find you a full-time position at the company.
Send an emailed or handwritten note to thank the interviewers at the staffing agency for their time and to reinforce your interest in finding a position.
When you get a job, prepare. When you receive an assignment, the agency will provide you with information as to whom to report, dress code, hours, wages, and a description of the duties and duration of the job. You might also need to do a second interview with the company. If you don’t receive all of this information, ask the agency for all of this information.
You can say no
. If you truly feel a position is not a good fit – perhaps the hours do not work for you, or the pay is well below what you need – be honest with the recruiter. Explain to him or her why you don’t want the position. This will help the recruiter find you a job that is a better fit in the future.