Work with a Staffing Firm Using These 10 Tips

Nancy Anderson
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The job search process can be an exhausting, especially if you're putting in hours of resume writing, job board scouring and interviewing only to be disappointed with no job offers. Before you throw in the towel, consider the possibility that a staffing firm can help bolster your job search. Follow these 10 tips when choosing and working with a staffing firm.

1. Consider Your Options

Don't settle for the first staffing firm you find. Do some research to find about the various agencies in your area. Ask friends or colleagues for recommendations to staffing agencies they've worked with in the past.

2. Get the Details

Before settling on one staffing firm, speak with a recruiter at the company to make sure you're a good fit. Ask about positions the company typically fills, and inquire about companies the firm works with regularly.

3. Choose the Right Firm

Use your research to decide on a firm that best suits your needs. While there's no rule that you have to work with just one staffing firm exclusively, you don't want multiple agencies submitting your resume for the same position.

4. Familiarize Yourself With the Process

If you do not have experience working with a staffing agency, ask detailed questions throughout the on-boarding process to familiarize yourself with the staffing company and the recruiter's role in your job search.

5. Prepare for the Interview

Take the interview with your recruiter seriously. Dress professionally, as you would for any job interview. Bring a fresh copy of your resume, and take the time to provide insightful responses.

6. Be Candid

Always be open and honest with your recruiter. Have a candid discussion about your employment history, and be truthful about career gaps or past issues. The staffing firm can help you address these topics with potential employers.

7. Take Advantage of Additional Support

Staffing agencies often provide free services beyond recruitment. Take part in any workshops or training courses to help you develop your interviewing skills or polish your resume.

8. Consider All Offers

Keep an open mind about all offers you receive. Even if you're not looking for a temporary position or contract work, consider that it may have the potential of leading to a permanent job offer.

9. Exercise Your Right to Say "No"

If you truly decide the job offer isn't right for you, don't feel pressured into accepting it. Be honest with your recruiter about your reasons for turning down the opportunity.

10. Stay in Contact

Check in with your staffing agency at least once per week for updates on interviews and to find out about new opportunities. Find out whether your recruiter prefers to communicate by phone, via email or through text message, and follow suit.

A staffing firm can help you find job opportunities that you might not be aware of and provide you with resume advice, interviewing tips and valuable insights that can boost you job search efforts. Keep these 10 tips in mind to get the most out of your experience with a staffing firm.

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