Whether you’re out of work or just looking for an additional way to make some dough, we explain the staffing agency basics along with some tips for applying for a job.
Staffing Agency Overview
A lot of people think staffing agencies only help people find temporary secretarial or office type work. Actually, staffing agencies cover a wide span of industries.
Within these industries lies opportunities for basic part-time work, or a gateway to a lifelong career. Staffing agencies tailor the interviews they send you on to your specific goals and life situation. The options you will have are as follows:
- Temporary Work. Companies tend to hire temporary workers if one of their full-time employees is going on leave or if they anticipate a temporary peak in business.
- Temp to Hire Work. These positions begin as temporary, but have the possibility of turning into permanent work. Some companies like to do this to give the employee a tryout of sorts. If the employee ends up feeling like a good fit, they will pay the staffing agency a fee and hire the person on full-time.
- Permanent Work. Full-time work is also provided by staffing agencies. In this type of situation, the agency will act more like a recruiter. They will find, interview, and select candidates that the company may be interested in, passing along their information so the company can then interview them themselves.
An additional perk that comes with working with a staffing agency is that they want you to land the job. However, interviewing as a staffing agency employee has some unique factors. Here are 5 interviewing tips to always keep in mind when working with a staffing agency:
- Do Your Research. Make sure you know what the company does, what makes them unique, and why you are interested in working for them. Even if they don’t ask you these questions directly, it will help you have a good discussion with them about the opportunity.
- Dress Professionally. No matter what position you’re applying for, you want to present your best self to your potential employer. Doing so shows that you care and that you have respect for the job and the people interviewing you.
- Know What You Want. Don’t just rely on the staffing agency to tell you what you should be applying for. Your agency will need an idea of your goals and aspirations so they can send you in a direction where you will find the most success.
- Communicate With Your Agency. If you end up in a position that isn’t going well, keep your agency in the loop. It’s possible that the fit just isn’t right, and that’s ok! Don’t wait for the manager overseeing you to say something misleading to your agency first. Your agency is your employer, and they will appreciate you prioritizing your relationship with them.
- Remember You Are Representing the Agency. If you are taking temporary positions, it’s still important to work hard for those companies. You represent your staffing agency and the agency depends on you as the employee to demonstrate why companies should continue to use their staffing services.