When to Use a Staffing Agency and When to Apply Directly to Employers

Red sneakers on the asphalt road with drawn arrows pointing to two directions - use a staffing agency vs. apply directly to an employerJob seekers have two main options when looking for a job.

They can apply directly to an employer, or they can get job search support from a staffing company.

Determining which option is best for you depends on your needs and expectations.

In order to help make you make a decision, we have put together some suggestions on when you should consider a staffing agency and when you should apply directly.

You should apply directly to an employer if:

Your goal is to work for a specific company.

Some people have aspirations of working for specific companies. Whether it’s the culture, values or mission, something about a particular company has piqued your interest and you are determined to get your foot in the door. In the case that you care more about the brand than the actual position, applying directly to the employer would be the best option.

You’re comfortable with silence.

When you submit your resume directly to an employer, you don’t typically hear back quickly. It could be months before you get a response. Or you may not hear back at all. The unfortunate reality is that there is no reason, or incentive, for a busy company to follow up with people that they don’t plan to hire.

You’re not interested in other opportunities.

If you apply directly to a company for a specific role, you’re limiting yourself to one option. Make sure that the job is exactly what you are looking for, and the only thing you are looking for. If the employer doesn’t think you’re right for the job, they are not going to offer other opportunities that could be a good fit for you.

When you should use a staffing agency if:

Your goal is to find a job in a specific industry.

Some staffing agencies work with a variety of companies in various industries. Others specialize in specific fields. Not only do they have an “in” with many local businesses, some employers work exclusively with staffing agencies. If you have a unique skill set and would like to continue in that field, a staffing agency is likely to be a great resource for you.

You’re interested in a partnership.

Unlike direct employers, recruiters do have an incentive to connect with you and find you a job. After all, staffing agencies only make money when they make placements. They want to connect you to a job. They will take the time to get to understand your previous experience and your goals for the future, in order to find you a job, or even multiple opportunities, where you’d be the right fit. Because when you win, they also win.

You want options.

You’ll typically find more employment opportunities available to you with a staffing agency than you would applying directly with an employer. They also offer more variety in available schedules and employment types: swing shift, night shift, day shift, short-term, long-term, part-time, and full-time. Talk with your recruiter about your wants and needs, and they can match you to jobs that are in line with your goals.

How TERRA Can Help You

If you decide to enlist the help of a staffing agency, contact TERRA, named to ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing® list eight years running.

We can connect you to many employers currently hiring in the SeattlePortland or Phoenix metro areas.

To see some of the opportunities we have available, check out our current job openings.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Call us. New jobs become available daily. The sooner we know of your interests, the sooner we can work with you to find the right fit.

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