Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Why Sign Up With Contingent Firms


Being unemployed is a full-time job. You have to research companies, personalize your cover letters, prepare for interviews, and write CV’s all the time. Despite your constant work, you are really winging it, too. There is a slew of things you don’t know about your field simply because you are not employed, and you don’t have the inside information that would give you an edge in your search.

Fortunately, there are companies that can help you in your search. Some of these are called contingent firms. These are companies that recruit employees for companies and charge the employer a percentage of the employee’s salary if the person they recruit gets hired. Why would you sign up with such a company?

Gets You In Touch With Companies In Your Field

These firms meet with all the players in your field and they talk to the key people in every company. It’s their purpose to know who is hiring, what the culture of each company is like, and what the real requirements of each position are.

What’s more, your field may be specialized. It’s true that most companies need a financial arm and an administrative arm, but different types of industries need different things from those arms. An administrator in a warehouse setting often has to sort merchandise, but an administrator in a publishing house will have to keep up with book trends. The contingent company’s expertise in industry requirements is invaluable and they will tap it to serve you.

Can Find You Temporary Placements That May Turn Permanent

Temporary jobs are a good way to pad your resume, get your foot in an industry door, and gain invaluable experience, even if they don’t lead to a permanent position. Unfortunately, most companies don’t advertise their temporary positions widely. Contingency firms know where they are and can hook you up.

Provides Professional Help At The Right Price

If you are unemployed, you don’t have a lot of spare cash. You also need to learn all the ins and outs of hunting for a job in your field, which can require buying books and classes. Contingent firms only get paid from the future employer only if you get paid, and they can help you become a successful job hunter. Basically, you are getting services for free.

Can Do Some Of The Screening For You

It is in the contingent firm’s interest to find a place that fits you. That means that they will filter out companies who are hiring for positions that may initially sound like something you want to do but are actually not really a good fit. They want you to fit in the culture of the company so that you can stay long-term, too.

As someone who is hunting for a job, you may be tempted to skip this type of vetting, telling yourself that any job is better than none. Don’t kid yourself: a good fit is crucial for long-term employment. Trust us, you will wind up quitting a job where the corporate culture rubs you the wrong way or the position comes with a lot of baggage that hadn’t been mentioned in the description.

Motivated To Find You Work

Sure, your friends want to help you, so they recommend jobs and promise to put in a good word for you. Sure, your family doesn’t want you taking up their couch, so they suggest jobs. It isn’t their life, though, that is being upended by unemployment. They are not as committed to the hunt as you. A contingent firm is as committed as you. They won’t get paid until you are sitting in an office, working and drawing a salary, so they want you in the right job, right now.

If you’re frustrated with your search for a job, a contingent firm may be the solution. Speed up your job search and possibly find your dream job by contacting us to see what we can do for you.