Working with a staffing agency can differ from recruiter to recruiter. They can make or break the experience for you. Here are the best perks I’ve noticed from working with staffing agencies. Not sure what a staffing agency is? Check out this blog post to learn more.
Pros of Working with a Staffing Agency
- A recruiter does the job search for you.
- A recruiter does the negotiation of salary between you and the hiring manager. You don’t have to. By far, this is one of the best perks if you’re an introvert like me.
- Working with a staffing agency puts you in front of the hiring manager because recruiters work directly with the hiring manager. Staffing agencies tend to have already-established relationships with the recruiting company, so your chances of getting a job interview are higher. This puts you higher on the list of job applicants.
- A recruiter can help you practice for a job interview. A recruiter sends over valuable practice interview information that’s really helpful. I received a list of super-duper useful best interview questions and a guide that teaches you the STAR interview method. Check out more helpful information in the library here!
- Your recruiter will check up on you even after you’re placed in your job to make sure you’re comfortable and everything is going well. If you’re not happy with something, they will work with you to make sure it’s addressed.
Here are the most prevalent cons of working with a staffing agency that I’ve noticed:
- Your starting offer is very low. Make sure to discuss your rate if you know the recruiter is lowballing you. Staffing agencies make money from placing you in the position, so at least $1-3 are taken out of your daily wage to cover for the cost of assisting you. You may not negotiate directly with the hiring manager, but you can negotiate with the recruiter.
- There are more contracts and temporary positions than there are full-time positions. Your job isn’t stable and you may find yourself finding another job within 6-12 months.
- Recruiters will push you to take a job offer, even if you don’t want to. This is because recruiters make a commission from successfully placing you in a job. If you’re not convinced, check out this article from Forbes.
- Some recruiters don’t give a shit about you. They just want your name on paper and will do absolutely nothing to help you.
Staffing agencies are great if you’re just starting out and have no job leads. It’s better than blindly applying for a position through a job portal. Just make sure to do your research before you start working with one and you’ll be fine!