Jobseekers are often wary about working with a staffing company and many only use them as a last resort. Perhaps it’s the idea of working with an intermediary that scares them or just a lack of understanding about what staffing companies actually do. As it turns out, staffing companies are a great resource that all jobseekers should take advantage of from the get-go.
To better understand staffing companies and how you can use them in your job search, let’s take a look at the top five myths about staffing companies.
MYTH: I will be charged a fee to work with a staffing company.
TRUTH: Staffing companies get paid by their clients. Even if you get placed in a position, you’ll never get charged a fee for using their services. It’s unfortunate that jobseekers steer clear of staffing companies because of this, when in reality the only thing it’ll cost them is a missed opportunity.
MYTH: Staffing companies only have entry-level positions and temporary work.
TRUTH: This myth is likely predicated on the fact that most staffing companies get reduced to “temp agencies” – inaccurately describing the types of jobs they have available. ALTRES Staffing recruits for temporary assignments, but we also seek candidates for permanent, executive level positions too! That’s why we are a valuable resource for all jobseekers – regardless of where you are in your career path.
MYTH: It’s the staffing company’s responsibility to find me a job.
TRUTH: Staffing companies work for (and again, get paid by) their clients, not jobseekers. They don’t find jobs for people, they find people for jobs – jobs that often have very specific requirements and skillsets. That’s why it’s important to use a staffing firm in addition to your own job search efforts. The best way to find work is to be active in your search and never depend on any one resource to find a position.
MYTH: Recruiters don’t care about my career goals.
TRUTH: Staffing companies have a vested interest in matching individuals to positions that meet their career goals and interests. Why? Because although a candidate may have the skills and experience for a position, they’ll lack the motivation and enthusiasm to get the job done if the work is meaningless or unfulfilling. It’s lose-lose for everyone – the jobseeker, the client, and the staffing company. So, be honest with the recruiter and let them know exactly what you’re looking for and what you hope to gain out of a new position.
MYTH: The staffing company decides who gets the job offer.
TRUTH: The hiring decision is ultimately left up to the client. The staffing company merely serves as an intermediary who brings both candidate and company together. The staffing company will use their experience and expertise to locate qualified candidates who meet the requirements set by the client, but the client will be the one to decide if and who receives a job offer.
If you’re looking for a job in Hawaii, consider partnering with ALTRES Staffing. As Hawaii’s largest, kama’aina staffing company, we have four specialized divisions and offices in Honolulu, Pearl City, Hilo, Kona, and Kahului. To see what positions we have available, head over to our job board today!