If you have never worked with a staffing agency before, you may be skeptical towards them. Letting a stranger take the reins of your career search can feel unsettling to some people but working with a recruiter has TONs of benefits! LPC Personnel has been operating in the staffing and recruiting industry for over 30 years, so it’s safe to say we are seasoned vets. We are more than prepared to field any questions you may have.
Here we have compiled answers to some of the most common questions job seekers have about the staffing and recruiting industry.
Why Should I Work with a Staffing Agency?
Searching for a job is a full-time job in and of itself. You have to navigate between job boards, resume writing, cold calling and interview prep. It can certainly become overwhelming if you don’t know what you are doing.
If you’ve ever felt confused or discouraged during a job search, it may be time to call in the pros. Recruiters are expert job placement professionals: it is literally their job to find you a job! They have the industry knowledge, contacts and experience to reach a much broader scope of potential employment opportunities. Working with a recruiter takes a lot of the headache out of finding a job. More importantly, it reduces the likelihood of you taking a job that isn’t a good fit.
What Kind of Services do Staffing Agencies Provide?
While the main service that recruiters provide is finding you a new job, their talents don’t stop there. At LPC, we are all-around job search aficionados, and are more than happy to help in any area you may need help with. In addition, recruiters can also offer resume writing help and interview coaching to make sure you come off as professional as possible. Recruiters are also happy to address any questions or concerns they may have along the way. After all, the job search is all about first impressions.
Good recruiters don’t just disappear after finding you an interview, either. They will follow up with you and your employer every step of the hiring process to make sure everyone is (and stays) on the right page.
What Kind of Placements do Staffing Agencies Make?
Not every candidates’ needs are the same. One might be looking for a temporary, flexible position while another wants a full-time permanent role. For this reason, there are a few different types of placements that staffing agencies can make, depending on what their client is looking for at the time. Here are some of the most common types of placements made:
- Temporary: this type of job has a decided end-date, and can last anywhere from a few days to several months (although on occasion, temporary placements turn into full-time roles!)
- Temp-to-Hire: like the title implies, this type of position has the intention of temporary employees becoming permanent team members. The employer, not the recruiter, makes this decision and is dependent on the employee’s performance and other factors
- Direct hire: the candidate is hired right away as a full-time employee (though, probationary periods are often still in place)
LPC fills all types of positions in a number of different industries, including industrial, construction, intermodal, customer service and clerical. If you are looking for a job in one of these specialties, take a look at our job board here.
Can You Really Trust a Staffing Agency?
You may be wondering if staffing agencies can really be trusted. You might ask yourself questions like: Aren’t recruiters just in it for a paycheck? Why would they possibly care about my career and aspirations – won’t they just place me in a job and move on to the next candidate?
The answer to these questions is a cold hard NO! Recruiters are in their line of work not only because they are good at it, but more importantly, because they love what they do. Good recruiters will do everything they can to make you feel like you’re not ‘just a number’, or the means to an end. You can trust that recruiters will use their years of experience, insider knowledge, and their wide network of industry contacts and to help you achieve your full professional potential. To a recruiter, nothing feels better than helping someone land their dream job.
If you have any more questions for the LPC Personnel team about what we do, or the staffing industry on a larger scale, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can leave a comment below or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!