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How a Staffing Firm Can Help You Land a Job

Do you need a career agent?

If you’re in the market for a job, consider doing what more than 2.66 million workers did last year alone—seek the expert assistance of a staffing firm.

Staffing companies specialize in matching up job-seekers with suitable employers, placing workers in temporary, temp-to-perm, or full-time jobs according to their preference and availability.

To help you decide if your next phone call should be to a staffing firm, consider why and how millions of workers every year take advantage of these services.

1. Fast, easy job search:

Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone else find you a job? That’s what you get when you work with an expert. Staffing firms have access to hundreds of job openings at a wide range of employers. After submitting one application to the staffing company, you are immediately considered for all suitable job openings. By aggressively promoting you and your qualifications to potential employers, staffing specialists help you land your next job faster.

2. No cost to you:

Most staffing firms receive their recruiting and placement fees directly from employers, so there is no charge for you to use a staffing firm. And their expert advice is free as well.

3. Competitive pay:

In today’s tight labor market, competition for qualified employees is intense. To attract top talent, staffing companies offer very competitive wages. In fact, according to the American Staffing Association (ASA), some temporary or contract workers earn more than their permanent counterparts.

4. Flexibility:

You can determine when, where and how you’d like to work. With a variety of job openings at their fingertips, staffing firms can offer you temporary or contract assignments, full-time positions, perhaps even opportunities within a specific organization. You can choose your ideal work schedule. According to The Spherion Emerging Workforce Study®, 88 percent of workers say work/life balance and fulfillment are top career priorities. In addition, 95 percent of workers agree that an employer who helps employees meet their family obligations through flex-time, job sharing, telecommuting, etc. is highly attractive.

5. Free training:

Nearly all staffing companies provide free training to help employees develop or enhance their skills. In addition, by working in a variety of challenging assignments you obtain valuable on-the-job training that will help fuel your career growth.

Once you have made the decision to use a staffing company to aid in your job search, you’ll want to maximize the opportunity. Follow these helpful tips to get the most out of your staffing firm:

6. Try a temporary assignment:

Some job-seekers are only interested in permanent or full-time employment. Staffing companies enable you to use a temporary or contract job as a stepping stone to a permanent one—with the added benefit of “trying out” a potential employer before making that commitment. In fact, 77 percent of these employees say it’s a good way to obtain a permanent job, according to the ASA.

7. Consider a specialty firm:

Many staffing companies specialize in certain fields or industries, or have proven experience placing individuals with backgrounds like yours. If your work is highly specialized, it may make sense to engage a staffing firm that matches your specialty, since they are more likely to have positions within your area of expertise.

8. Gain a competitive edge:

In order to maximize their staffing investment and obtain quality talent, some of today’s top employers only hire through staffing firms. As a result, many staffing companies can ensure access to desirable employers and may be aware of job openings before they are advertised.

9. Build a professional network:

Treat your relationship with a staffing firm as you would a prospective employer. Make sure you demonstrate professionalism, punctuality and enthusiasm. If you are meeting with a staffing firm bring your resume, references and other materials that showcase your skills.

10. Know your needs:

The more your staffing company knows about you and your career goals, the better they can match you to appropriate opportunities. Think about whether you’d like to work for a small or large company, how much compensation you need, how long you are willing to commute, whether you prefer an informal or formal work environment and similar preferences—and let your staffing specialist know.

Looking for a new job can be a challenge requiring considerable time and effort. Why go it alone? Join the millions of other workers who have used staffing firms to get a foot in the door, enjoy a flexible schedule, try out different jobs or employers or even land the opportunity of their dreams.

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