In a competitive job market, you need to take every opportunity to connect with employers, and one of the best ways to do this is by working with a staffing agency. Staffing companies often have hundreds of clients, so getting your resume on file with an agency can be like getting your resume in front of all of those companies. Here are a few things you should know about the staffing industry in order to accelerate your job search:
Staffing Companies Specialize
From boutique firms with a narrow industry focus to large agencies that fill a wide array of positions, different agencies offer different opportunities. If you’re looking for a job in accounting, a firm that specializes in Engineering isn’t a good place to start. You can find the right job faster by working with a firm that places people in the industry you want to work in.
You’ll Find Much More than “Temp Jobs”
Identifying, vetting, and hiring qualified people can be a time-consuming process, especially if a company doesn’t have people who do these tasks well. For this reason, some companies do all of their hiring through a staffing agency, including both contingent and permanent positions, many of them not advertised elsewhere.
Their Priority Is Their Client
Here’s what staffing companies do: find skilled people for their clients’ vacant positions. You may have great skills and experience, but if you aren’t a good match for the positions they’re actively trying to fill, you won’t get a call. But if they have a lot of clients, they have new positions to fill every week. When you’re a good match for one of those positions, you’re likely to get a call.
Treat the Agency Like Any Employer
The staffing agency isn’t just an intermediary between you and the employer – in many cases, they are the employer. You may eventually interview with a client where you’ll be assigned, but first you’ll talk to the agency, and they will determine if you move on to the next round. Staffing firms want to give their clients the best candidates, so make the same effort to impress the recruiter at the staffing firm that you would with any employer.
Finding a great job can be hard work — submitting your resume to staffing agencies that fill the types of jobs you’re looking can make it a lot easier.