One job search technique for both traditional job search AND embracing The OTHER Job Market, is using the services of a third party recruiter. The term “third party recruiter” goes by many names including contingency agencies, executive search firms, retained search firms, employment agencies, headhunters, recruiters, and temp agencies. These all fall under the umbrella of the “staffing industry.”
Contingency Agencies are paid by the company after the agency’s candidate is hired…their sourcing process is a paperwork mill.
Retained Search Firms custom locates candidates for a company and are paid upfront or on a progress basis (retained basis). Their sourcing process is often more focused and conducted on a more personal level.
Employment Agencies are contracted by companies to find candidates for temporary or permanent positions. Often their sourcing and screening activity is conducted in parallel to Corporate recruiting efforts.
Temporary (Temp) Agencies find candidates to fill temporary jobs and “temp to perm” positions. This includes the Lease2Perm TECHNICAL firms.
The number of temporary employees is growing and this trend is expected to continue.
This Week’s Session: Thursday, September 26th…A Recruiter’s Eye View of Your Resume, with guest presenter Locke Alderson providing a different look at the issues of resume development.
Temping can help you learn new skills and experience, build your network, open up options you had not previously considered and bridge employment gaps. The goal is to get inside a company. Here is my TOP TEN list of things you should take into consideration when working with staffing agencies.
- Working with a staffing agency does not guarantee placement in a job. It’s one of many techniques to use in your job search.
- Staffing agencies do the initial screening, saving the employer time and money… they are an extension of the employer’s recruiting and screening process.
- Don’t abdicate the tasks of the job search to a recruiter who is busy working with lots of job seekers.
- Reducing or stopping your networking efforts once you start using a staffing agency is a huge mistake. Recruiters have contacts in the business community which only extends your networking outreach.
- Companies are using staffing agencies to “test drive” the performance of a temp before offering a permanent position. Having a temp gives the business a chance to evaluate how the person will fit in with the corporate culture and other employees. Ask what areas/fields the staffing agency specializes in.
- Network with your LinkedIn connections to learn more about the right staffing firms to use; use more than one agency. “Reach out” to at least two firms each week within your Personal Marketing Plan.
- Check the phone book or Internet for a list of staffing agencies; also use the Internet to find additional information…CAUTION: There is no directory of the ‘good ones.’ THAT is a matter of your personal relationship with them.
- Build a relationship with a staffing representative; they will more likely want to fill a position when they know who you are. If possible, pick up your paycheck at the staffing agency. It’s an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with the staff.
- Understand that a staffing agency’s primary goal is to fill a position. Don’t confuse their role with the role of a career counselor. A staffing agency is serving their clients, but offering you an assignment. Be sure you represent them professionally.
- Temping can give you experience in careers you might not have otherwise thought of trying – without a long-term commitment.
Having the flexibility from temping can work well for your job search and personal priorities. Temping is not a step down. It’s money, connections, a resume gap stopper and an opportunity to get your foot in the door.