The job hunt is like a full-time job in and of itself. It takes a fair amount of work to find new work, and it is important to know who you have supporting your efforts. Working with a staffing agency is a clear win for many candidates because recruiters offer unique insight and support to their career goals that can mean the difference between a quick and easy hire or a lengthy and frustrating search. Here are just four ways that partnering with a staffing agency will help you find employment.
Staffing firms are constantly receiving job orders from companies. It’s in their interest to find high-quality candidates to fill those roles quickly. This is true to the point that recruiters are actively looking for good workers within an industry even before the right opportunity comes along. The ability to match top industry talent with great job opportunities is what makes staffing firms able to meet the needs of their clients and their candidates so well.
Another great thing about working with a staffing firm is that you can earn their loyalty by doing a good job. If you work on a contract and show yourself to be a committed and capable employee, at the end of your contract, the staffing agency will work hard to continue to employ you with the same company or with another company quickly. They do this to keep you on their payroll, but it also benefits you as a job seeker. It means less downtime between gigs and the dedicated support that can mean the difference in your job search.
If you are looking to move into a market you are not particularly familiar with, recruiters are your greatest resource. Their industry knowledge is a critical resource. Staffing firms know all about the job market, and if you are working with a specialized staffing agency, they know what companies are hiring for your niche position. Recruiters can also help you better understand the value of your skills, the going rate for positions, and whether an offer is reasonable or not. If you lack that industry knowledge, you could end up regretting your decision to settle with one company rather than another.
A well-developed professional network is an essential tool in discovering and landing new jobs. If you lack a robust network when you begin your job search, you are inevitably fighting an uphill battle. Recruiters are known for their excellent connections with hiring managers and employers who are looking for candidates. After years of working with a wide variety of employers, your recruiter knows who’s hiring, what they’re looking for, and what’s coming down the pipe. That network is a huge bonus when you start working with a recruiter because you know that you’ll be connected with the right companies at the right time.
An often-overlooked benefit of partnering with a staffing agency when you are looking for employment is the coaching that comes along with working with someone fully committed to helping you land a job successfully. This can come in the shape of interview prep, resume reviews, and even career positioning to help you get the attention of the hiring managers who are looking for someone like you. Your recruiter knows you and knows the industry well enough to help you find what you’re looking for. And there’s a lot for you to learn from that experience if you commit to the relationship.
For help finding the next job in your career, connect with the recruiters at ESGI today.