Top 10 Tips for Working with a Staffing Agency

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on December 13, 2018

Staffing agencies are a great resource for job seekers.

Every year they match millions of people to new job opportunities.

They could help you find the right fit, too.

The key to success is knowing how to maximize your relationship with a staffing firm.

And we’re going to help you do just that.

Here are 10 tips that’ll help you get the most out of partnering with a staffing agency:

1. Do your research.

Staffing agencies specialize in different industries. Make sure you’re working with a firm that fits your needs. A great resource to find the top-rated agencies is Inavero’s Best of Staffing® list. It highlights reputable staffing firms across the country. Find the staffing firm that’s right for you.

2. Take the interview seriously.

Because it is a real job interview. This is your opportunity to make a great first impression on the people trying to find you work. Dress to impress. Be polite. Show up on time. Remember: they’re connected to many potential employers, so you want to show them that you are a standout employee.

3. Come prepared.

Have copies of your resume on hand. Have a list of credible references ready, in case you are asked to provide them. Be prepared to speak about your work history and share facts about your previous positions. You lose credibility as a candidate when you’re asked standard questions and struggle to find the answers.

4. Be honest.

If you’re up front about the types of positions you do and don’t want, you’ll eliminate confusion and frustration in the long run. Recruiters won’t call to offer you positions you have no interest in taking if you make things clear in the beginning. Be candid with your recruiter about any gaps in work history too. It helps them better understand your situation and allows them to set you up for success.

5. Keep an open mind.

Don’t shy away from temporary work – even if you’re looking for something more long-term. Sometimes these positions lead to full-time job opportunities. And even if they don’t, you are growing your professional network – which can help you along the way.

6. Say “no” if a job is not right for you.

You’re not going to hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s better to say no up-front than to take a position you didn’t want and then quit days later. When you do that, you’re not setting yourself up for success, nor are you allowing the recruiter to help you find the right fit.  That said, please do let the recruiter know why you are turning down the job.

7. Ask questions.

Not all staffing agencies work the same. If you’re unsure of the process, ask for clarity. This is beneficial for both sides.

8. Take advantage of additional support.

Recruiters know what employers are looking for, so they’re going to set you up for success. They’re happy to recommend edits to your resume and help support with interview prep. Some staffing agencies will also send you skills testing so you can see your aptitude on a variety of skills.

9. Communicate.

Make sure you’re checking in regularly with your staffing agency. Let them know when you’re still available for work. Ask if any new positions have come in. If anything changes about your expectations or job requirements, let your recruiter know. The more they know, the better they can help you.

10. Be proactive in your own job search.

Remember, staffing agencies can never guarantee employment. They are just another resource. Stay active on employment websites. Keep checking the job boards and applying for jobs that pique your interest. Use your professional network to seek out opportunities.

Partnering with a staffing agency has some really great benefits.

And if you follow these tips, you will effectively maximize your partnership with a staffing firm and have a successful experience.

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