The job market has been shaky for the better part of a decade. This has affected both employers and job seekers, as companies are having difficult time finding qualified people to fill open positions and individuals are having a tough time getting noticed. This is where staffing agencies come in. They are trusted by employers to deliver them qualified employees and they will connect you with a company that fits your skill set.
As with anything else, you must take the right approach to get the best possible experience with a staffing agency. Here is how to do that:
Choose the right firm
Many staffing firms specialize in certain job fields. If a firm does not work in yours, then you shouldn’t work with them. Also, be sure to ask about the average size of their job pool and more importantly, how many people with similar skills to yours have recently found a permanent job through them.
Make sure that you will be paid what you are worth
Although the staffing firm will not be your actual employer, they do control what you are paid, benefits, etc. Be sure to negotiate this with them before you sign on.
Don’t overlook a job if it isn’t exactly what you want
Getting the most out of your experience with a staffing agency means not refusing a job simply because it isn’t exactly what you want. A key element to finding a good job is networking. This means that even part-time job opportunities can be excellent gateways to that perfect position.
Take advantage of all of their professional development offerings
A staffing agency only gets paid when you get hired. As such, it behooves them to send out nothing but thoroughly polished candidates. This means that they will have professional development offerings to help you. You must take advantage of them.
Getting the most out of your experience with a staffing agency is about more than simply signing up with them and hoping that they find you a job. You need to be an active participant in their efforts to propel your career.