When searching for a job, it’s important to take advantage of every resource at your disposal. Unfortunately, many people overlook or avoid one of the most useful tools in your job searching arsenal: the staffing agency. When I was searching for my first job out of college, I know I avoided so-called “headhunters,” largely because I didn’t understand what they did, or why they would help me.
There are many misconceptions and myths about staffing agencies and job placement boards, partially due to the industry’s past, but modern staffing agencies exist for one reason: to find the right job for the right people. If you’ve been struggling to find the right job, but have been worried about seeking the help of a staffing company, here are a few things that may settle your fears.
Myth No. 1: Staffing agencies are great for entry-level jobs, but not for advancing your career.
A staffing agency like Incepture often will work with companies of all kinds to find candidates of all levels, and typically specialize in specific fields like healthcare, finance or IT. Companies are hiring for all kinds of jobs, and recruiting agencies have become a resource for companies that outsource some or all of their hiring practices.
Myth No. 2: I’ll find a job, but I’ll have to pay a portion of my salary to the agency.
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Some agencies may charge a fee for jobseekers looking for hourly work, but most firms will never charge a jobseeker for their services. Most often, recruiting company will partner with the employer to find suitable job candidates, and the employer picks up the tab. If you find a staffing agency that wants a portion of your salary, you should be able to find one that works directly with employers. All you should need is to apply and make sure your application is up to date.
Myth No. 3: I’ll only be able to find temp work.
If you are looking for permanent work, you can find a staffing firm that focuses on placing candidates with full employment, but there are agencies that match job seekers with temporary or hourly employment if that is what you want. Each agency will work with specific clients and assignments, so make sure you know what sort of employment your agency specializes in.
Myth No. 4: There aren’t enough jobs to go around.
Though unemployment is still high, there are more than 3.7 million jobs currently open, according to the Department of Labor. Some of this is because employers are looking for candidates with specific skills, or job seekers do not know how to find jobs. Staffing agencies help meet both needs, since they match candidates with jobs that exactly match their skills. And often, companies will only post their open positions with the staffing firm they have contracted with, so you may be missing out on jobs you may never find otherwise.
Myth No. 5: I can’t use staffing experience on my resume.
If you do find temporary work through a staffing agency while you search for a full-time career, many people feel that their temporary work will look bad on a resume, which is definitely untrue. Many employers frown on long-term unemployment, and while temp work may not be glamorous, it can be a great way to build new skills, make new connections and show your flexibility in a difficult situation. On your resume, just note that you worked with a staffing agency and list the clients and assignments you completed.