When you hear “staffing company” or “placement services,” do you think of low-paying, unskilled or temporary labor? You’re not alone. This is just one of many misconceptions people have about working with a staffing company.
While many staffing firms do staff unskilled and temporary labor, a large majority of employment agencies place job seekers in long-term positions in many fields and levels — from tech to CEO and everything in between.
We’ve outlined the most common myths job seekers have about working with an employment agency. How many of these have you thought to be true?
The only jobs staffing firms place are low-paying and temporary positions.
As we’ve mentioned, many firms will place unskilled labor but a majority of firms have great relationships with companies (from small businesses to Fortune 500) looking for skilled and talented candidates who will impact their company for years to come. Talent is often hired on a temp-to-perm contract, meaning that if both the employer and the job seeker are happy after the temporary contract has expired — he or she can be hired full time — and will be an employee of that organization. A temporary position isn’t always a bad thing either. In some tech positions, such as web development, candidates may choose to work on a contract basis, allowing them to move from one exciting project to the next.
Most of the positions available through a staffing company are administrative.
By 2016 the placement and search (staffing) industry is expected to $139.1 billion. It’s an enormous industry with a ton of opportunity. Believe it or not, there are actually staffing companies for food and drink, acting, writing, communication, and more. If you’re looking for a position in manufacturing, engineering, IT, financial or even administrative — there’s a employment agency for you.
A staffing agency will take a cut of my paycheck.
Small companies and Fortune 500 companies all have something in common when it comes to finding great employees: it takes time and money. A lot of companies don’t have an internal hiring manager or an HR person who knows the ins and outs of each position. When there isn’t time or manpower to find a stellar employee, companies turn to employment agencies. There is a fee for the time it takes a staffing company to locate exceptional talent but that fee is paid by the employer, never the job seeker.
An employment agency will tell me which position I have to take.
One of the benefits of working with an employment agency is that you have someone advocating for you. The market right now is candidate-driven, which means there are more jobs and choices for job seekers than in the last five years. You may be offered more than one career opportunity but with open communication your recruiter can help you negotiate and accept the position that is best for you — not just the first position you are offered after deciding to work with an employment agency.