Staffing agencies are excellent resources for people and companies alike. For people who are looking for work, if they work with a staffing agency, they can find it, and fast. For companies that have short-term projects, a staffing agency helps them fulfill the roles that they need without needing to worry about hiring on permanent workers that they do not need or cannot afford.
Whether you are a person who is interested in temp work or you run a company and want to know what it is like to work with a staffing agency, here is a basic overview of what you can expect.
For The Employee
When you work with a staffing agency as an employee, you may not be aware of how different it can be from a traditional job. While you may have concerns, such as whether or not temp work looks bad on a resume or whether temp work can help you find a new career, temp work can greatly help you in times of need. Indeed, it can even help you build your skill set, network, and land a permanent position.
When you work with a staffing agency, you’ll want to keep some things in mind in order to have the best experience possible.
#1. Give Them Your Resume
Just like with any other job, a temp agency will need your resume and information about your skillset and experience in order to better help you find work. Some temp agencies ask for references, as well. If you do not have a resume, many temp agencies will be able to help you make one.
Depending on the temp agency, you may need to interview before you can be employed by them. For other temp agencies, you simply need to pay them a visit, and they’ll help you.
#2. Tell Them Your Schedule
If you don’t want to be scheduled when you cannot work, such as night shifts, be sure to let the temp agency know so that they do not send you positions you cannot do. Temp agencies are very willing to work with you and want to help you as much as possible, but they cannot do this if you do not communicate with them.
#3. Be Open To The Available Positions
It may be tempting to sit back and wait for the perfect opportunity to present itself. However, in order to ensure that you have the best experience possible when you work with a staffing agency, you want to keep your options open. Being too picky can result on missing out on pay, opportunities, and the potential for full-time employment. You never know whether or not a job will be a good fit unless you give it a try.
#4. Make The Most Of Your Time There
This goes hand-in-hand with the above point. Most people don’t want to work with a staffing agency forever, they just want to work there until they can find permanent employment. As such, while you’re there, you may as well make the most of it and take as many positions as you can.
#5. Treat It Like A Permanent Job
Because it could turn into one! You want to make a good impact both on the temp agency and on the company that you’re working with. You can do this by treating your temp jobs with the same gravitas as you would full-time employment. When you make a good impression, this can open more doors for you.
If companies like you enough and they have the ability to take on more permanent employees, you could even end up with a permanent position.
For The Employers
There are many reasons why employers work with a staffing agency. More often than not, this is because a short-term project has come up and they need extra help – but it isn’t worth the time and effort that it would take to find another full-time employee. This is especially true if you only need the extra help for a couple of months.
A temp agency can connect you with people who are eager for work. They’ll work with you for the time you need them, and then when your project is completed, they can go on to their next position, and you can go on with your business. It’s a good fit for everyone.
#1. Contact The Temp Agency
Your first step will be to contact the staffing agency and let them know that you need help. When you do this, you’ll also need to provide them with information about the pay rate, how long the project is, the responsibilities of the position, and how much help that you need. From there, the staffing agency can create a posting and then connect you with people who can work for you to complete the project.
#2. Vet Candidates
Depending on your needs, the temp agency may just do this for you, or they can send you the applications of people who are interested and you can vet them yourself. When you work with a staffing agency, you can rest assured that they’ll be sending you people who are most qualified to complete your project.
#3. Make Sure That The Position Is Ready To Be Filled
This is a common mistake that employers make. They’ll know that they have a short-term project coming up, so they’ll contact a temp agency. However, they don’t need help right away, they just want to have willing workers on standby for when they need them.
If you’re going to work with a staffing agency, you need to ensure that the position is ready to be filled right away. Otherwise, this isn’t fair to the workers or to the staffing agency.
Communication can be difficult for many people, even employers. However, it’s essential to communicate properly when you’re working with people. In order to ensure that you receive qualified candidates, you need to be upfront and honest about the pay, the responsibilities, the time frame, and really any part of the job.
You’ll also need to communicate with the staffing agency if the people that they send you aren’t good fits. Together, you can determine what went wrong, and then the staffing agency will be able to help you find other workers.
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