Looking for work is time-consuming and often frustrating. You want a job that uses your skills and expands your career. You also want to be comfortable with the company’s culture – not to mention the pay.
Wouldn’t having someone on your side to help find good-paying positions in your field would be nice?
That’s precisely what a staffing agency is all about.
What is a Staffing Agency?
A staffing agency finds skilled workers to fill open positions within businesses. New candidates are pre-screened to verify their past work experience and skill level. Through this process, businesses trust that agency candidates are pre-vetted and meet the primary job qualifications.
How Can a Staffing Agency Help My Career?
There are several ways an agency can boost your job search, improve your chances of being hired and move your career forward.
They Have Experience
When you work with a staffing firm, you’ll connect with a recruiter with industry experience. You’ll benefit from the knowledge the recruiter has of the hiring process and the people and positions within the organization.
“They might give you tips on how to revise your resume or provide advice on interviewing successfully. They’ll also have a good sense of which roles you’re qualified for—and which ones you are not,” notes The Balance.
They Have Professional Contacts
Because an agency recruiter works closely with many different businesses, they often have insider information about available positions – even ones that aren’t posted publicly. Their familiarity with the company enables them to share insights about its products, services, history, and culture.
They Provide Opportunities to Build Skills and Experience
Some people work with an agency to find temporary work before seeking permanent employment.
“Not only can a temp job introduce you to a new industry, but it also allows you to learn or improve a variety of skills in the process,” says Indeed. “Additionally, temp jobs also typically have a less rigorous hiring process if you are just looking to get to work quickly or to fill experience into your resume.”
While building your resume through temporary assignments, you also broaden your network. With each new position, you’ll make business contacts that can help pave the road toward your ultimate goal of a higher-paying career.
They Negotiate in Your Favor
For both temporary and permanent positions, your recruiter is your advocate, negotiating wages on your behalf.
However, LinkedIn recommends talking with your recruiter about salary even before an offer is extended. Be open with them about your monetary objectives. They’ll be able to tell you if your expectations are realistic for that occupation and industry. They also may know how much room there is in your offer for negotiation.
Staffing Agencies are your Key to Success
Working with a staffing agency can uncover new job opportunities, especially if your job search has stalled or you want to change careers.
Contact STS Staffing to find out how they can help advance your career.