If you’re currently in the market for a new job or are wondering what opportunities might be out there for you, you may not think you need a staffing firm. After all, it’s a job seeker’s market, right?
Right. But you may not be aware of everything a staffing firm has to offer you. Here are just a few of the advantages you can expect.
Insider access. Staffing agencies are embedded in the local employment market. They know who is hiring, they have relationships with decision-makers, and they know what it’s really like to work in their companies. If there is a place you’ve always wanted to work, but have been unable to get your foot in the door, your staffing agency can be a true career ally. They often know about jobs before they are even posted.
Honest feedback. If you don’t get a job, you’re lucky if the employer even notifies you. They are for sure not going to tell you why. The best you’re going to get is that they hired someone who was better qualified. There’s no way they’re going to tell you that your answer to the “greatest weakness” question was lame, or your handshake was limp. They won’t say you mumble when you answer, or you need to tell your story better. A staffing professional will. Employers often provide them with feedback which they are happy to share with you, so you can do better next time.
Interview preparation. Even better than feedback after the fact is avoiding missteps in the first place. Your recruiter will help you to polish your resume, tell you how to dress and even conduct a mock interview to work out any kinks. Because of their insider access, they will know if the interviewer’s pet peeve is striped ties or if there is an unwritten quality they are looking for that you should bring up.
Decision-making help. In a market where there are a lot of jobs available, it can be hard to know which one will be the right one for you. Your recruiter will get to know you — your skills, interests and what you truly want out of your career. They l also know the employer and the opportunity well, so they will know if you are a good fit. If you are weighing multiple opportunities, they will be able to help you choose the right one for you.
Market knowledge. The staffing firm you work with will know about the industry or region they specialize in. They will know which companies are growing and they will know how much you can realistically expect as far as compensation goes and what additional training, education or experience you may need in order to reach your goals.
Contact one of our staffing experts today to learn more about how we can help you find just the right opportunity for where you are now and where you want to go.