In addition to all of the other evidence that we’ve been presenting lately regarding how working with a staffing firm can help you find an employment opportunity and grow your career, we have more!
That’s because there are benefits of working with a staffing firm that you might not have even considered. That’s okay, though. We won’t hold it against you. However, we would like you stick around to hear about these benefits.
Below are five hidden benefits of working with a staffing firm:
#1—Find out what does and what doesn’t make you employable.
Staffing firms have what are called qualified staffing specialists. These professionals can assist you during the application process. They can provide tips and advice on your resume, your presentation, your interviewing skills, and anything else that could make the difference between getting the job and not getting it. This is always great information, regardless of your individual situation. It can help you not only now, but also in the future.
#2—Find out what you like and what you don’t like.
People often think they know what they’re going to like. Then they get into it, and they realize that they were wrong. Or at the very least, they weren’t 100% right. The majority of people need at least a little “trial and error” before they determine what exactly they want to do with their employment situation and their career. Working with a staffing agency is a great way to accelerate the learning curve and bring the future into focus more quickly.
#3—Fill gaps in your employment.
Nobody likes gaps on their resume. If you’ve been without a job for longer than you’re comfortable, then working with a staffing agency can help to fill that gap. For a lot of people, this is absolutely a viable option. After all, they can continue looking for other employment opportunities while they work for the staffing agency in the position they were placed.
#4—It’s a good option for recent college graduates.
It’s true that not all jobs offered through a staffing agency are entry-level positions. However, it’s also true that not all jobs offered through a staffing agency are not entry-level positions. What the heck does that mean? A couple of things. First, just because you’re a college graduate, that doesn’t mean you’re “locked in” to an entry-level position. Second, college graduates want to avoid gaps on their resume just like everybody else. (Refer to #3.)
#5—There are plenty of networking opportunities.
We’ve mentioned this one before, but it bears repeating. That’s because people vastly underestimate the value associated with networking. Every time you work somewhere new, you meet people you’ve never met before. When you meet people you’ve never met before, you increase the chances that you’ll learn something new. But it’s not just what these people know; it’s also who they know. They might turn out to be the person who introduces you to your next great employment opportunity. And the only reason you know them is because you worked with a staffing agency.
So there you have it: five more hidden benefits of working with a staffing agency. Clearly, there is value attached to working with one, and Time Staffing would like to show you what that value is and what benefits you could reap.
In our previous blog post, we discussed the fact that you CAN find a direct hire position with a staffing agency.
One of the problems that job seekers encounter is that they often think that a temp agency and a staffing agency are one and the same. That is not the case, and in this post, we’d like to spell out the differences and further illustrate how a staffing agency can aid your career.
It is true that a temp agency and a staffing agency do perform some of the same tasks and provide some of the same services. For example, they both:
Have a pool of corporate clients.
Receive requests from those clients to help fill job positions.
Refer to their database of workers and search for qualified candidates.
Fill short-term or temporary positions for their clients.
Let’s examine the nature of the temp position, since it’s one of the common denominators between temp agencies and staffing agencies. An organization seeks to hire on a temporary basis for a number of reasons, including the following:
Busy periods, such as over the holidays or other times of increased business activity
Maternity leave, which creates employments opportunities lasting several weeks
Illnesses and/or absences, which many mean filling a position for a single day or several days
Meeting of deadlines and/or the completion of special projects
Temporary positions provide organizations with a certain degree of flexibility. They allow companies to respond to the ever-changing nature of the employment marketplace in their ongoing efforts to maintain maximum levels of productivity. Temp positions hold value, not only for the employers, but also for the workers who eventually fill them.
However, just because a temp agency and a staffing agency provide some of the same services does not mean that they are the same entity.
That’s because staffing firms also focus on the longer-term needs of their clients.
What does this mean for you, the job seeker? It means that staffing agencies offer more than just temporary assignments. They also offer temp-to-direct assignments, and in some cases, they offer direct hire assignments.
In addition, staffing agencies typically operate within more industries than temp agencies. For example, a staffing agency can provide temporary administrative or labor workers for its clients, and it can also help those clients fill longer-term positions in the areas of manufacturing, accounting, healthcare, and information technology.
So when you boil it all down, there are two main differences between temp agencies and staffing agencies:
Staffing agencies offer both temp-to-direct and direct hire positions.
Staffing agencies offer employment opportunities within a wider range of industries.
Do not think that a temp agency and a staffing agency are the same. Staffing agencies can and do offer more to job seekers.
Find out how much more by searching through Time Staffing’s current job listings.
Time Staffing Inc.