Today’s job search can feel like a full-time job in and of itself. In many circles it’s suggested that you treat it as if it were exactly that. That being said, there are wise and not-so-wise ways to handle your job search. Handling your job search right from the start can mean the difference between weeks of unemployment and months of unemployment. In today’s job market; that difference can feel like a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to have someone on your side, such as a staffing agency, to act as an advocate for you in your job search.
Here are five reasons why it’s advantageous to partner with a staffing agency in order to land your next job.
1) Resources. Staffing agencies have access to job listings that aren’t widely known. In fact, many companies don’t advertise in traditional methods at all. They simply turn to staffing agencies in order to pre-screen potential candidates.
2) Relationships. Staffing agencies don’t advertise all of the jobs they have available either. Some of them are new and some of them they hold close to the vest and only share with highly-qualified job seekers. In other words, you must have a relationship with the staffing agency to even hear about these positions. Not only can you develop a relationship with the staffing agency but they also often establish relationships with the companies they actively recruit for. This means that even if you’ve been turned down for a position with this company before they can help you get another opportunity to interview with the company and help you prepare for the interview for a better shot at success this time around.
3) Industry Specific. Not all staffing agencies are industry specific but there are many that are. This is helpful to you because you’re dealing with people who understand the industry they are recruiting for and aren’t simple human resource employees that are “guessing” you’ll be a good fit for the company.
4) Cost. It generally costs you nothing to use these services. Most of the time the fee is a percentage of your first year’s salary that is paid by the employer – provided that you remain employed for a specified amount of time.
5) Negotiating power. You can enjoy a little additional negotiating power with potential employers with the staffing agency acting as your advocate. Make no mistake. Their salaries are paid by the companies doing the hiring so they aren’t often going to go above and beyond but they can negotiate a little more aggressively, especially if they are convinced that you would be an ideal fit for a particular company, than you would be able to do on your own.
Staffing agencies aren’t always the perfect answer but most of the time they are a good solution for people looking for a new job in today’s highly competitive job market. The odds are good that you would enjoy many benefits from this particular partnership.