It’s time to find a new job and you’ve decided to enlist the help of a staffing agency.
But while searching online for one to partner with, you discover that there are many staffing firms out there – more than you ever imagined.
With so many options, how do you decide which one is right for you?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed. But don’t worry! We can help.
Here are 3 tips on how to choose a staffing agency that’s best for you:
1. Understand your needs.
Is your need for a new job urgent? Or do you have more flexibility? Understanding your needs will help you determine the type of agency that’s best for you: a temp agency or a staffing agency. People often lump these two staffing services together, but they are not the same.
Typically, if you need immediate work, and are open to doing any type of job in order to make some money fast, a temp agency will probably be a better fit for you. But if right fit matters, and you are looking to try a new industry or want to take the next step in your career, a staffing agency is likely to be a better resource.
Once you’ve identified the type of employment you’re looking for, it’ll be easier to choose a staffing agency that suits your needs.
2. Know what industries a staffing agency specializes in.
Staffing agencies can cover a lot of ground. Some work with a variety of companies in various industries. Others specialize in specific fields.
If you have a unique skill set and would like to continue in that field, it’s important that you choose a staffing agency that staffs for employers in your industry. Otherwise, you will find yourself being frustrated with offers that don’t match what you’re looking for.
If you’re interested in trying a new area of work, or are open to working in any field, search for an agency who staffs for clients across multiple industries. This will allow you to try different jobs on for size.
3. Do your homework.
According to the American Staffing Association, there are more than 20,000 staffing companies in the United States, operating out of about 39,000 offices. That’s a lot of options! But are they all reputable?
Do some investigating before you choose a staffing agency. You can search websites, job boards, reviews, awards… you can even check out a company’s social media presence to determine if they are right for you.
If you’re looking for an easier way to select a staffing agency, consider ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® list. ClearlyRated, an independent third-party research firm, in collaboration with CareerBuilder, has put together a list of the top staffing agencies in your area. Best of Staffing winners have earned industry-leading satisfaction scores based on client and job candidate reviews. (Fewer than 2% of staffing agencies across North America earn this award.)
How TERRA Can Help
Named Best of Staffing eight years running, TERRA is a great resource for job seekers looking for work.
From professional and technical positions to skilled trades to administrative support, we provide a variety of job opportunities in the Seattle/Greater Puget Sound, Portland-Metro or Phoenix-Metro areas.
We can connect you to many employers currently hiring near you.
To see some of the opportunities we have available, check out our current job openings.