The world has changed. A decade ago a job candidate would apply for a job, go to the interview, and get hired. Today, networking your way into your next role is the best way to get noticed by your target companies. A recent Fast Company article said the three top ways to find a job today are on online job boards, networking, and recruiters. In fact, recruiters are the best way to network your way into a new job. If you haven’t worked with a staffing agency, now is the time to start. Here are some of the facts about staffing agencies you may not know.

Fact #1: Working with Staffing Agencies is Free

The majority of the time the hiring company pays the recruiters fees. That means you can speak freely with a recruiter and get their feedback on your resume, share what your idea of a dream job looks like, and find out more about the company the staffing agency is working for. All this and it doesn’t cost you a dime.

Fact #2: Companies Depend Heavily on Staffing Agencies

The best staffing agencies become an extension of the companies they work for. Companies are moving more toward the on-demand workforce, and staffing companies have proven they can work well under these high-pressure engagements. If you’re targeting a particular company to work for, chances are you’ll work with a staffing company sooner rather than later.

Fact #3: Recruiters are the Best Networkers on the Job Scene

Recruiters usually know about openings at their client’s companies well before the job is advertised. They can also connect you with new opportunities that are the perfect fit for your particular mix of skills. That’s why it’s considered a best practice to always take a call from a recruiter; they know people.

Fact #4: Recruiters are Your Advocate with an Employer

If the recruiter believes your skillset is a fit for a job, they will go to bat for you with the hiring manager at the company you’re applying to. It’s in this way that recruiters are part career coach and part career agent.

Fact #5 Staffing Agencies Aren’t Just for Temp Workers

These firms typically have a variety of role types available, including full-time, part-time contract, temporary, or freelance. Many people still think staffing agencies are the old “temp agencies.” It’s true that some still operate under the old temp labor models, but today, job seekers have more choices than ever before. Today, the question is what type of job are you looking for?

Talk to a Recruiter, Find a Job

These are all good reasons why it’s a good idea to always speak with a recruiter when they call. It’s good practice and it doesn’t cost you a dime. Today’s staffing agencies have some of the best opportunities available for candidates of all types in all kinds of jobs. So start the conversation with a recruiter today at IES Custom Staffing. We are standing by to go to bat for you and your particular mix of skills. Contact us now to get started.

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