The results you get from a staffing company depend to some extent on what you put into it. To ensure you have the best experience and have the best chance of achieving your goals, consider these tips for how best to work with a staffing agency.
Know What You Want and Be Honest About It
Be as clear and specific as possible about what you’re looking for in terms of positions and salary. Do the work up front to identify specific jobs or job titles that match your experience and goals. Develop a list of target employers and share all of this with your hiring advisor. Be open and honest about the salary you are hoping for based on a realistic assessment of your experience, as well as the positions you’re interested in that you are qualified for. The clearer you are, the more on-point they are going to be when they get you work.
Your hiring advisor will try to find you a great opportunity, but the more flexible you can be, the more opportunities they can present to you. If they found a job that met all of your criteria but was paying 10% less than you wanted, would you want to know about it? If it was a lateral move with your current job title, but there was more room for growth would you be interested? Help your hiring advisor understand how flexible you can be about wish list. As you think about his, don’t discount the values of benefits such as health care, 401k, and a short commute when it comes to evaluating the total opportunity.
Consider Temporary Assignment
Being open to temporary assignments during your search can help you in a variety of ways. First, temporary work with a company can lead to full-time work, so it’s a great way to get your foot in the door. In addition, it allows you to fine-tune or develop new skills while making sure that you don’t have any prolonged gaps in your resume. It is important to remember that staffing companies will continue helping you look for full-time work when you are on a temp assignment, meaning that you get their services while you make money.
Use Your Hiring Advisor as a Tool, But Don’t Stop Your Own Job Search
One of the most important things to remember about using a staffing company is that you shouldn’t stop your own job search. While having a hiring advisor looking for you is great, keep up your own search so that you can cover the most ground possible. An additional benefit to your search will be that your hiring advisor can help you fine-tune your resume and cover letter, meaning that you will be able to make a better impression when you turn in your applications.