Job seekers often wonder how to use the services of staffing firms and temp agencies to find a job. If you’re in the market for a job, you know that landing a position is no easy task. Taking advantage of temp agencies could increase the possibilities of being hired. If you are considering applying to staffing firms, there are some things to keep in mind to maximize your job search.
Contact Staffing Firms in Your Area
Apply to staffing firms near your area if possible. Staffing firms and temp employment services generally have contracts with local employers. Applying to firms near your area of residence could reduce your commute to work should you find a job through the staffing firm.
You can find local staffing firms through ads in newspapers, in the yellow pages and online. Agencies often place ads to fill open positions. Take note of the contact information in the ads. Most agencies have a website. Enter the term “temp agencies” or “staffing firms” in your browser followed the name of the city where you live. The results will include names of local temporary agencies. Contact the agencies you select, and set up an appointment.
What to Expect From Staffing Firms on the First Appointment
Show up to your first appointment on time. Have a clean copy of your resume with you. An associate of the staffing firm will conduct an interview to find out about your skills, abilities and expectations. Think of it as a job interview because that’s what it is.
After the interview, you will likely fill out an application. Besides your contact information, employment history, references and education information, you will also need to inform the temporary agency or staffing firm of what your salary expectations are. If you put down the minimum hourly rate that you are willing to accept, the agency will only contact you when assignments that meet your hourly rate requirement are available.
Determine whether you need full- or part-time work. Answer questions regarding the type of work you’re looking for such as permanent, temp-to-hire or temp positions.
If you’re looking for permanent work, don’t be quick to dismiss temp-to-hire opportunities. Employers often label permanent positions as “temp-to-hire" to allow for a probationary period. If you accept a temp-to-hire position, you would generally work three months as a temp employee. If you perform your duties efficiently and you wish to pursue permanent employment with the company, your supervisor will often extend an employment offer to you.
You will typically take a skills test or tests, depending on your field of work. Expect also to take job assessment tests, one at each empoyment agency you apply. Assessment tests determine whether you are a good fit for the position for which you are applying.
Staffing Firms and Background Checks
The staffing firm will likely run a background check on you. Fill out all the forms and provide all the required information. If there is any negative information that you feel might prevent you from being hired, discuss the information with the firm’s associate prior to the firm running the background check. You don’t want to give the impression that you are dishonest.
Miscellaneous Tips for Finding a Job Through Staffing Firms
- Each agency has contracts with different employers. It’s a good idea to register with multiple agencies to increase the possibilities of finding a job.
- Dedicate at least half a day for each appointment that you set up with a temporary employment agency.
- Once the staffing firm has positions that match your qualifications and meet your requirements, the firm will contact you. If you decide to accept the assignment, the agency will set up an interview for you with the hiring employer. Be punctual to your employment interview. Dress professionally, and have extra copies of your resume with you in case you have to interview with a panel. Relax, be yourself and answer all questions to the best of your ability.
- Research the hiring company prior to your interview. Ask appropriate questions when given the opportunity.
- Thank the employer for giving you the opportunity to interview with him.
- Maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
- Some agencies specialize in recruiting for specific industries. For example, if you're an accountant or engineer, you might have more success finding a job if you register with services that focus in your field of work.
- A Word of Caution: If you register with an online company and you're required to submit all your information online without visiting a physical location, make sure that it's a legitimate company. Employment services require that you submit all your personal information, including Social Security number, date of birth and complete name - all that scammers need to steal your identity. Check with the Better Business Bureau and search for fraud reports on the company. If you still don't feel 100 percent comfortable with the service, it's better to go with local companies only.
- Turn down offers if you are asked for money.
Overall, temp agencies and staffing firms are an ideal way to find a job. Many employers only hire through staffing firms. If you apply directly to companies only, you’ll miss the hiring employers that never advertise on newspapers or online. Don’t worry about the agency’s service fee. Typically, the services of staffing firms and temp agencies are free to you. Agencies make their money from fees that clients/hiring employers pay. If you’re unemployed, taking advantage of staffing firms and temp employment services can increase your chances of finding a job.
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