If you get a job through a staffing firm, then there’s a good chance you’ll create an online account with that firm and perhaps even apply for a specific position. Almost all staffing agencies have an online presence, and they must also have the capability to allow you to apply for jobs on their website.
When you create an online account and/or apply for a position, a staffing specialist should give you a call, typically one (1) to three (3) business days following your submission.
If you don’t receive a call in a timely fashion, do not despair. If you didn’t receive a confirmation notice in your email inbox, then your resume might not have been received. It’s okay to call the firm and ask if they received it.
Staffing specialists are trained professionals who are knowledgeable about the local job market and also about the open positions that are available through their agency. Consequently, it is in your best interests to treat this phone call in a serious, thoroughly diligent manner.
Two things will happen during this phone call:
#1—The staffing specialist will conduct a short interview.
This will be similar to any other phone interview. The staffing specialist will ask general questions about your current employment situation, jobs in which you might be interested, and perhaps even your career goals. Of course, honesty is of the utmost importance.
#2—The staffing specialist will discuss available assignments.
If you applied for one or more specific assignments online, then the specialist will address those positions first. However, they might also discuss other positions for which you did not apply, especially if they believe you might be a fit for those positions.
As we mentioned previously, you should strike a professional chord at all times when working with a staffing specialist. They have the knowledge and experience to help you, and if you work well with them, they can help you.
That means the following:
Communication—The more information the specialist has, the better equipped they will be to help you. Withholding information is rarely a winning strategy.
Honesty—Be honest about everything, including about whether or not you’re working with multiple agencies. Staffing specialists are not motivated to work with individuals who have proven to be dishonest.
Proactive and positive attitude—However, staffing specialists are motivated to work with individuals who exhibit this quality. Even if you do not find a position immediately, don’t get discouraged.
Working well with a staffing specialist can be your key to finding a great job. As with all aspects of your job search, preparation is essential, so be prepared to talk with a staffing specialist before you apply online and before they call you.
Time Staffing Inc.