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Misconceptions Of Staffing Agencies

In life, individuals are quick to comment on negative matters and often forget that commenting on positive encounters are just as important. This is the same with staffing agencies. People will often report things that went wrong, but very rarely their positive experiences. This is ultimately what gives the industry as well as many others a bad reputation. Below are 6 misconceptions of staffing agencies and the truth behind it.

#1 – Staffing Agencies Are Just For Filling Entry Level Jobs.

Although staffing agencies are a great asset to helping fill entry level roles, they are far from being limited to low-level positions. Staffing firms can hire for any role. Once the employer gives a detailed job description and skill set they are looking for, the recruiter can then use their close connections and industry-specific expertise to find high quality candidates at any level of an organization.

#2 – Temp Work Only

There are temp agencies that strictly focus on temporary work however, those are considerably different than staffing agencies. Most staffing firms offer a variety of options such as temp, temp-to-hire and direct-hire. In many cases, staffing firms have more direct hire roles compared to entry level.

#3 – Recruiters Only Want To Fill As Many Roles As Possible.

Although it is true that some companies tend to turn to agencies when they have high volume needs, that is not a staffing agencies majority clientele. In a group of clients, an agency may have only 1 or 2 of these types of clients. The staffing industry tends to get a bad reputation due to the misconception that they submit candidates for roles without properly assessing their skills. This is highly incorrect.

A good staffing agency limits the number of orders they take on so they can appropriately focus on the obligations of an individual role. Agencies hold loyalty to both sides. They want to find the best person for the job, for the client and they want to place a candidate that will be happy and stay long term. It is in the best interest of the recruiter to discover the perfect person fit for the job rather than pushing as many people in the door as possible.

A staffing agency cares about your needs and how satisfied you are with the job you are placed in.

#4 – Only Low-Quality Candidates Work With Recruiters.

There is a stigma that high-quality candidates should not and do not work with staffing agencies. That is just not true. There are many individuals in which have the skill set for a higher caliber job, however, cannot or do not know how to find the opportunities that are out there. A staffing agency is there to present opportunities for individuals who do not have the resources to do so on their own. Another reason a high-caliber candidate may use an agency is to remain discreet. Often, individuals do not want their current employer finding out they are seeking elsewhere.

#5 – Agencies Take a Cut of Your Wages.

There is a misconception that in order for an agency to help you find a job, that you have to pay them for their services. This is simply not true. They work with you side by side to help you succeed in obtaining a job.

#6 – Staffing Agencies Aren’t Necessary If You Have An HR Department.

A professional agency can work directly with your HR Department to have a smooth transition of duties. By allowing an agency to take over the hiring and onboarding process, this frees up your personals time to focus on the internal organizational problems that may arise on a day-to-day basis.

Regardless of the general thought, recruiters work hard for the individuals that walk through their door. They are there to help aid in success. Do not allow the misconceptions you have in your head stop you from starting your journey to a new career path.

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