Many people who don’t have first-hand experiences with staffing companies may express outdated (and very wrong) ideas about how they work. You won’t necessarily be given a typing test or be offered nothing but administrative jobs.
“Staffing agencies” have come a long way and are now the go-to resource for many top employers in nearly every industry.
They’re completely free for a job seeker to use, so where’s the harm? If you’re one of the many people who are struggling to find a job, you should know that many employers use staffing agencies as a way to set up a trial period for a promising candidate.
It’s more challenging to lay off a full hire. Here are a few signs that you and a staffing agency might just be a good match.
You’re not getting through the door
Employers are being bombarded with resumes and online applications, which can create a lot of wasted time and frustration. A staffing agency does all the work for you: All you have to do is show up for the interviews.
Staffing agencies serve as the middleman that can get your foot in the door, and bypass all the DIY job seekers. This is crucial in the most competitive industries and/or those that are high paying.
Many employers go to staffing agencies to recruit executive positions, because they’re looking for someone who can transition into a full-time role. If you’re in a niche market, don’t underestimate the power of connections. Staffing agencies are a form of free networking.
You’re getting ready to settle
Don’t get caught up in the trap of thinking just any job will do as long as it’s permanent. There’s no such thing as job security these days, now that a number of states have made it legal for an employer to fire someone at will.
Instead, even if the temporary job via an agency really is temporary, think of it as a chance to learn a new skill, cast your net wider, and show future employers that you were actively seeking to improve.
If you think it takes too much time to join an agency, consider just how much time you spend perusing Craigslist ads, re-writing your cover letter, and adjusting your CV to each job’s specifications. Why do the same thing over and over when you can do it just once?
Getting as much help as possible as a job seeker is just common sense. Plus, it might lead you to your dream job.