Working with a staffing agency can improve your chances of finding work.
Also known as employment agencies, these companies help people find jobs. They work closely with employers to find the perfect candidates for temporary and long-term positions.
Some agencies focus on specific industries. They may focus on the financial sector, or work specifically with marketing agencies. Others have a broad focus, working with all types of different people.
There are many benefits to working with a staffing agency. Once they identify your needs, they’ll send your application to dozens of companies per day. They’ll also advise you on how to strengthen your skills if you want to work in a particular industry.
Most agencies are excellent at communicating with candidates. They want you to find the type of work that makes you happy.
To find a job through a staffing agency, you need to keep a few things in mind. Here’s a guide that’ll help you navigate the staffing agency waters and land the perfect job.
1. Find the Right Agency
Before selecting an employment agency, do some research. You’ll need to find one that understands your needs and can place you in a good-fitting job.
One thing to research is their retention rate. How many companies call them whenever they need a staff member? It’s a good sign when companies return to an agency to get more positions filled.
Ask the agency representative about their specialties. If you’re looking for a marketing job and they work with marketing businesses, that’s a good sign. However, you wouldn’t want to ask a marketing-specific agency to help you find a job as a physician.
You should also find a recruiter who you’re comfortable with. Having an open line of communication is essential. So, make sure that you get along with them and feel confident in their skills before you commit to working with them.
And, by the way, you can work with more than one temp agency. The more advocates to help you find work, the better!
2. Treat Your First Meeting Like an Interview
After you find a few agencies that seem like a good fit for you, you’ll schedule a meeting.
The purpose of the meeting is for them to get to know you. It’ll be easier for them to pair you with the right jobs if they know about your job history and skill set.
Prepare for the meeting like you’d prepare for a job interview. Dress professionally and bring your resume. It’s a good idea to show up on time (or even a little bit earlier).
They’ll ask you some interview questions, so keep that in mind as well.
When discussing your career goals, be upfront and honest. Your goal may be to land a full-time job, or you may be looking for a temporary position that can help you develop more skills.
Let them know your availability. If there are certain days you can’t work, make sure to let them know.
You probably don’t have a lot of work experience yet, and that’s okay. Even if you have a limited job history, the agency will use your education and experience to find you the right job.
3. Be Flexible
Going into your job search, you probably have an idea of the type of job you’d like to find. But even if you have a particular position in mind, you should stay open to other opportunities.
There’s a chance that you might not be able to land your dream job on the first try. That’s okay. Every job is valuable, even if you only stay there for a few months.
Staying flexible is a great way to try new work and gain experience along the way. Who knows, you may find yourself in a new job that changes the course of your career!
4. Use Temporary Jobs to Build Your Network and Skillset
Don’t be afraid of temp jobs. You’re probably looking for full-time work, but temp gigs can help you build valuable skills for the future.
The more skills you learn while working, the better. You can add those skills to your job resume, and you’ll be a more appealing candidate during your next job hunt.
Temp jobs are also great networking opportunities.
Even if you only work for a company for six months, you’ll meet a lot of people. They may be able to help you find other opportunities down the line. Your coworkers might recommend other open positions, and your managers may let you list them as references for your future resume.
5. Be Open to Feedback
Whether you work with a staffing agency or not, it’s always important to stay open to feedback.
In fact, feedback is one of the biggest benefits of working with an employment agency.
When you apply for jobs on your own, the communication ends after you send your application (unless you land an interview).
But with a staffing agency, you have the opportunity to build a relationship with someone who understands the job landscape. They’ll give you the inside scoop and help you identify the areas where you need improvement.
They may also explain why you’re not a good fit for a particular job, and point you toward roles where you’re better-suited.
Try not to take it personally. They’re just trying to help. If your recruiter tells you that you’re not a good fit for certain jobs, the employers themselves will probably say the same thing.
A staffing agency wants to set you up with a job that matches your experience. Listen to their advice. Your goal should be to land the best job placement possible, and they’re just trying to help you get there.
Working with a staffing agency can help you find your dream job. It can also help you learn about the industry you want to work in.
Interviewing with a staffing agency is an excellent practice for a job interview. An agency can also act as a job counselor of sorts. They’ll give you pointers on what you need to do to increase your chances of landing a full-time position.
But, make sure to find a staffing agency that understands your needs. As long as they are familiar with your industry and have worked with companies in your field, they should be able to help you find the perfect job.
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Cottages at Tucson every day to help them with their marketing efforts.