How to Work Best with a Staffing Agency

Have you ever considered working with a staffing company? It might be worth your while. According to the American Staffing Association, approximately three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies in an average week. Seventy-three percent of these employees work full time. And, the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) found the country’s staffing and recruiting industry group represents about two million temporary workers or 13.6% of the country’s workforce. 

Reasons for working with a staffing company can vary, with many working to fill in a gap between jobs or help them land a new job. A good portion choose temporary or contract work because of the flexible nature of the work.

Ok, you say, those statistics sound great, but what exactly is a staffing company?

A staffing company puts people to work in all types of jobs. When you work with a staffing company, you build a relationship with a team of employment professionals in your community who have, in turn, built personal relationships with the businesses that are hiring. Think of it as a trusted friend who can connect you to people who are hiring. And when you work with Express, it’s FREE! Express never charges the job seeker a fee.

Working with a staffing company is a bit different from other types of employment situations. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Patience is Important

The job search can be tough, but it’s important to remember that the recruiter is your friend. They’re here because they want to help you.

When you send out application directly to companies, you may never hear back from them, even if it’s just to say they received your application. When you work with a recruiter, they will keep you posted every step of the way, even if the right job hasn’t come along just yet. Not every available job is going to be a perfect match.

If you do feel yourself growing frustrated with the process, reach out to your recruiter; it’s totally fine to ask questions.

Your Recruiter is Here to Help You Find a Job

Your recruiter is doing their hardest to find you a great job, but they aren’t a life coach. This is a professional relationship, so keep any discussion relevant to your job search. Talking about your personal life is fine in small doses, and your recruiter will certainly want to get to know you some, but you should steer clear of seeking advice about how to resolve an issue with your partner, your kid’s grades, etc., and keep the conversation mostly professional.

Keep Searching On Your Own

Your recruiter is there to help you, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop searching on your own. The ultimate goal is to find a job you love. If both you and your recruiter are searching, you’ll have an even better chance of finding a great job.

At the end of the day, a staffing company is a trusted partner than can help you in your job search. You’re a team. And, communication and teamwork is what’s going to lead you to the win.

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