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Finding a job or career can be challenging and time-consuming. You may have trouble finding a job that matches your qualifications, you may lack experience, or you cannot seem to grab a manager’s attention. Thankfully, a staffing agency can save you time and relieve the stress of finding a job.
Many companies use staffing agencies to find new employees. A staffing agency specializes in helping people land temporary or permanent work. A company will announce one or more open positions to the staffing agency. The agency will match the resume they have on file with the available job opportunities. If you are a good fit for the job, the agency will help you land an interview for the position. Depending on the circumstances, you will receive an interview with the staffing agency, or you will interview with the company.
Staffing agencies work closely with different businesses and industries, and their connections may lead you to job opportunities that are not necessarily advertised directly to the agency. Here are three ways you can use an agency to your benefit:
Although an interview with a staffing agency may seem informal, you must treat it like a regular job interview. It is best to dress appropriately for the interview, bring your portfolio or resume to the interview, and be prepared to answer any questions. The recruiter will want to know about your experience and interests to help them match you with a suitable job.
Keeping communication lines open and honest is crucial when working with a staffing agency. You must understand their process and be clear about the job requirements when you come to an interview. Communicating what you are looking for in a new job will allow you to receive the best possible job opportunities that fit your needs while reducing potential confusion.
It may be best for you to work with an agency specializing in a specific industry if you have a unique skill set. For example, some agencies recruit tech workers, while others focus on recruiting legal professionals. These specialized agencies have the means to find the perfect fit for your job skills.
Before using a staffing agency, ensure you understand their process and have a cover letter and resume ready. Be ready for an interview, and you may need to take a few skills tests. These agencies will do the work to help you get the job you want.