There are over 25,000 staffing agencies operating across the United States – so how do you know which one is right for you? A staffing agency can do a world of good in helping deserving job seekers find rewarding employment. However, not all agencies are built the same. When selecting a search partner, their end goal should be helping you find a job that you love, in a reasonable (quick) timeframe.
When it comes to your livelihood, it is instrumental to take care in choosing a search partner that will support and advise your journey, rather than make it more draining. There are some indicators to look for that can help you to make an informed decision. Here are our top five picks:
Look for Relevant Experience
While every staffing agency has to start somewhere, the best firms will have years of experience to back up their reputation. Even if they are a newly founded agency, they should be comprised of experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds that can all bring valuable knowledge to the table in order to help their candidates.
Select Staff has been serving multiple locations across Texas for 40 years and our team is made up of some of the industry’s leading search professionals. This means we have a deep client base with a plethora of opportunities opening each and every day! We also know how to match candidates with the jobs that are truly right for them.
We take your staffing needs seriously and use our infallible industry knowledge, as well as extensive professional networks to land you a job that you deserve!
Look for a Niche Staffing Agency
If you know that you are looking for a position in a specific field, seeking out a staffing agency that specializes in that field is paramount. Not only will they have experience placing candidates in those specific roles, but they will also have superior wisdom, relevant industry insights and better contacts within that particular sector to get you hired.
In addition to providing valuable intel, they can also offer interview advice, resume help and in some cases – like in the case of Select Staff – offer training before starting your new job so that you are set up for success right from the get-go.
Make Sure You Feel They’re Listening
If you are looking for a new staffing agency to work with, you are more than likely going to have some questions and/or concerns about the processes, the type of job you are looking for, and any number of other inquiries.
Working with a staffing agency is meant to be a mutually beneficial partnership, and should consist of honest, two-way conversations. Be wary of staffing firms that don’t take your queries into consideration and spend the time listening to put your mind at ease.
Do They Offer Genuine Advice?
While most staffing agencies are in the business of helping candidates find great jobs, it can sometimes be the case that recruiters may be trying to fill a quota. Good search professionals will be more concerned with securing long-lasting matches and ensuring employee retention, and not simply about making as many placements as possible.
Recruiters that offer genuine advice surrounding your work experience, your skills and your professional aspirations are the ones to look for. They truly have your best interests top of mind and will never place you in a position they think is a bad fit. For this reason, placements may take a few days longer, but holding out for the right position is always worth it in the end.
Ask About Their Track Record
Many staffing agencies are happy to share past success stories with new potential candidates in order to encourage them to form a professional partnership. Transparency and honesty infused into every step of the hiring process, even before you start working with them, is one of the top aspects to look for in a search partner.
It’s okay to gather an idea of the ins-and-outs of their process, approximately how many people they have successfully placed in the past, the amount of time it takes them to make a placement of your type, and any other metrics that will help illustrate the relationship you may have with them.
Select Staff is Texas’ leading staffing agency, with experienced recruiters in the skilled trades, light industrial, clerical and warehouse industries. Contact us today to learn how we can help you find your next great position.