The job market is hot. You thought it would be easy to find work, but that hasn’t been the case. Frustrated and discouraged, you finally reach out to a staffing service for help thinking, “What have I got to lose?”
There are good reasons to contact a staffing agency sooner rather than later. For one thing, they already have the inside contacts you need in companies ready to hire.
STS Staffing, for instance, has been in business for more than 32 years and works with a broad base of client companies nationwide. They can provide “inside information” about a company and details about what a day in a particular role would look like.
Still hesitant? Let’s look at what to expect when you work with a staffing agency and how to get the most out of the experience.
Introduction to a Staffing Agency
At STS Staffing & Temporary Services, Wade Solberg, CPC, President, CEO, and Managing Partner, said candidate onboarding looks like this.
Once you contact the company directly or apply for a specific job online, you are assigned a recruiter. The recruiter assesses your skills and experience and identifies your strengths to find the best placement with client companies seeking employees.
“Our intake process is centered around taking the time to find out about each candidate’s experience, marketable skill sets, preferences, desires, and how to package all these things to best effect,” he said.
In other words, they help you stand out in the crowd.
Tips for Working with a Recruiter
The recruiter will likely request a conversation to get to know you better. This is your chance to make a good impression.
Provide a resume, if you have one, and be ready to share details about past work experience.
Show the recruiter that you can handle yourself in an interview and in daily interactions with other employees.
It’s best to be open with your recruiter about skills gaps and scheduling limitations. Be honest about spotty employment history or even a criminal record. There are some companies, says Solberg, with second chance policies for non-violent felons.
Solberg advises candidates to view job opportunities with an open mind. For instance, inexperienced individuals may find that a temporary job helps them build skills while finding out if they like that type of work.
“If things don’t work out, for whatever reason, it doesn’t mean we can’t place them into another type of role,” he says.
Take advantage of their expertise.
In addition to job placement, STS Staffing also offers knowledgeable assistance with resume writing and provides interview tips to improve a candidate’s chance for success.
A Helping Hand
Even in a candidate’s market, a job search isn’t easy. Aligning with professionals offering expert placement assistance can help you get satisfactory results faster.
For more information on available jobs and to contact a recruiter, visit STS Staffing.