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Recruiting & Staffing Services
Recruiting and staffing services can be excellent job search resources. They focus on matching your skills with the job openings of employers or companies, and almost always, the employer pays their fees so there is no cost to you.
Recruiting services search for qualified candidates for full-time positions. These firms are also called headhunters or executive search firms.
Benefits of using a recruiting service include:
- You often get access to unadvertised openings.
- A third party (the recruiting firm) is working to match your skills and long-term goals to a job.
Staffing services match workers with short-term or temporary-to-permanent positions. They’re sometimes known as contract firms or employment agencies.
Benefits of using a staffing service and doing temporary work include:
- Build skills and meet financial needs while continuing to look for work.
- It’s easier to get a job when you have a job.
- You may be able to get more flexible hours or working conditions to accommodate your personal situation.
- Gain work experience, develop skills, obtain training, or increase networking contacts.
- You can check out an employer or an occupation before making a commitment to training, a particular career, or a particular employer.
Ways To Apply
Employers ask for information about job candidates in a variety of ways. When reading a job ad, pay special attention to any instructions about how to apply, and make sure to include any documents the employer requests.
Below are some of the documents an employer may ask for, along with some tips for preparing each type successfully.
Some employers will only accept information electronically. Others will only accept completed job applications. Some will not accept phone calls about openings. Other employers will want additional material, like work samples or references. Don’t be disqualified for an opening because you didn’t follow the instructions.
An effective job search involves a wide range of activities. Keep yourself organized—and keep your job search on track—with this checklist of job search activities.
Is the Offer Right for Me?
Most experts recommend waiting a short period of time before accepting a job offer, even if you plan to say ‘yes.’ Express your appreciation and strong interest in the job, and ask any immediate questions that you have, but request at least 24 hours to consider the offer.
Don’t be afraid to ask employers for additional benefits or flexibility that you might require, but avoid submitting a list of demands. Understand that many employers may want to meet your needs but may not be able to do so.
Once you have considered the offer, decide promptly if you will take the position and respond to the person making the offer. If you decide to accept, ask for the offer in writing to protect yourself. If you turn it down, do so professionally—you never know when you will cross paths with that employer again.
Negotiating a salary is an important part of the job search process. But it requires professionalism and respect-it can set the tone for your work life and experience with the employer.