Whether you are looking to fill some breaks from university, looking for your first job or thinking about changing the industry your currently employed in, recruitment agencies are one of the popular go-to ways for doing this for many people. Some job-seeking people sometimes think that these agencies only provide entry-level, temporary jobs and because of this choose not to use the service. Other working people think that employment agencies don’t really provide benefits to workers. None of this is true.
How Staffing Agencies Generally Work
Typically, staffing agencies or employment/recruitment companies will be paid by another business to find employees for them. Job seekers can apply to specific jobs that have vacant positions through an employment agency, or can simply contact the staffing agency looking for a job. The agency interviews the job seekers and places them in the appropriate positions. After a successful induction, the agency would then pay the selected candidate to work for the client company.
Some staffing agencies such as Adecco and A&S Recruitment work with a wide range of companies that will specialize in particular industries.
Agencies will try to fit their client’s needs with the skills of their applicants. This is to keep the flow of productive workers to suit their client’s needs. If the company that the employee works for decides to hire the job seeker permanently, the staffing agency will no longer pay the job seeker and would initially be working from an agreed contract (very similar to the recruitment agencies contract) directly from the ‘employer’ company. The employee will also be paid directly from the company.
There are many benefits to using a staffing agency to find a job. Some benefits include:
- It’s Free
Some people think that you pay for the services that recruitment agencies provide. However, this is not always the majority of cases. Always read your contract if you are not sure about the services your chosen agency provided.
- They Do The Job Searching For You
While you sign up to work with a staffing agency, they will ask you about your skill sets, qualifications and any previous experience. Because of the nature of their role, they will know of job openings that aren’t available on other job sites and will sometimes be in a position to help you finding job prospects.
- There Is A Variety Of Industries
You can find staffing agencies that specialize in almost any industry, so if you wanted a change, you could always wait for positions that become available to help you transition into another role. Talk to your advisors and staff.
- There Are Often Benefits
Many employment agencies provide benefits after employees have worked a certain number of days or hours. You will also have a pension scheme made to pay into when you start employment. Other benefits may include health insurance, a retirement plan, and even tuition reimbursement.
Types Of Positions Usually Available At Recruitment and Employment Agencies
- Temporary Jobs
Companies will have an employee’s absence or period of leave, or during a busy work period and will look for temporary hires to help. Sometimes, recruiting temporary workers to complete a particular project is what they need to meet targets. These temporary jobs range in length from a couple of weeks to many months depending on the needs of agencies client.
- Temp-to-Hire/Permanent Jobs
This is where positions begin as temporary jobs so that the company can get to know the employee on a probation or trial basis. Then, if the company is happy with the employee’s performance, they will likely hire them from their company.
- Permanent Jobs
Some staffing agencies will hire candidates for permanent positions at client companies. This situation occurs when the agency works more like a traditional recruiter and is the company that deals solely for its client’s employment needs. This includes sourcing candidates, interviewing, and selecting applicants for the role within the company. The company pays the agency a fee and If the company then hires the employee, they pay for the employee.
Recruiting is a fantastic way to fill your time for temporary employment; building your skills, or looking for that career you have always wanted. Have you ever used a service from an employment agency? Let everyone know how it went in the comments below!