How a staffing agency works
The goal of a staffing agency is to help candidates find suitable opportunities that they are passionate about. Companies in a variety of industries ask staffing firms to find suitable candidates for their available positions, whether they are direct-hire positions (permanent positions through the employer) or contracted positions (positions hired for a predetermined amount of time, can be extended to a direct-hire position in some cases).
The recruitment agency will then find candidates that they believe best suit the position. The recruiter will then aid the candidate with their resume, give them interview advice, and best prepare them for the company interview.
Personal Career Coach
Instead of job searching on your own, get yourself an ally in a recruiter. A recruiter will act as a personal career coach in your job search by providing you tips to improve your resume, act as a feedback channel, will get your resume in front of the right hiring managers, and will be your advocate in getting you the job that’s the best fit for you.
Your recruiter will work with you one-on-one to go over what type of position you’re looking for, get to know your likes and dislikes about previous jobs you’ve had, and will help you make sure your resume or work history is error-free before sending it on to the hiring managers.
When you’re open and honest with your recruiter and treat the time with them as a real job interview, you’ll get the most out of your experience with a staffing agency. Recruiters are here to help you succeed and want to make sure they get you hired in a position that leads to your happiness and long-term success.
Can save you time and stress
Partnering with a staffing agency means that you complete one application, have one interview with a staffing specialist and get considered for many positions. Rather than having to search for jobs, apply for each, follow-up on each application, then complete interviews with the hiring company, you have someone else doing the leg work for you.
Try out jobs before you commit
When you are placed through a staffing agency you have the opportunity to work in a position and make sure it is the right fit for you. Similarly, the hiring company has the chance to see if you are the right candidate for their business. You have the opportunity to gain experience and skills while making sure the company you are working for has the right environment and culture for you.
Potential for more options
Staffing agencies represent multiple companies and most cover multiple industries. This means that with one application you have access to a wider variety and number of positions that you could potentially be a fit for. It’s common for staffing agencies to send candidates for multiple interviews. The more interviews you have the better your chances of landing your next job. Even if they don’t have the right position for you at the time, their inventory of jobs is constantly changing. The position you are looking for may come available tomorrow and you will be at the top of the list to be considered for it.
It’s easier to say no
When you register with an agency, you may be offered multiple positions and you can choose which position is the best fit for you. If you interview with a business and don’t feel good about the position it is easier to communicate that with your staffing specialist, who can help you refine your search.
Only apply to serious companies looking to hire
Recruiters at staffing agencies have their fingers on the pulse of the job market all the time. They know who is hiring and what the positions hold in terms of future growth. The reputable agencies will only work with those businesses that they know to be good employers as well. Just as they have vetted their candidates, they have also vetted their client businesses. You can have peace of mind knowing that you have someone advocating for you and on your side.
Representatives are highly motivated to get you placed
It is the recruiters job to place candidates and fill open positions. Because they work for both the candidates and the businesses, they are highly motivated to meet the needs of both. Their goal is to make the right placement the first time for their clients (or at least it should be). They will be working to put you in front of the best businesses that match your job search goals.
They know the right people
Direct connections to the hiring managers at various companies, people you might have never been able to get in though with.
Help and support
Businesses hire staffing agencies to find them the right candidates and do the leg work for them. They will work with the agencies that they trust and have confidence in. Because of this rapport they have built with businesses and hiring managers, they can successfully advocate for you and get you in front of the right person, something you couldn’t have done on your own. They have the ear of the right people that are making the hiring decisions.