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How Do I Start Working With a Staffing Agency?

You really want to find a job, so you decide to turn to the experts at a staffing agency. The only issue is you’re not quite sure how the process works. Here are the fundamentals of what you need to know and how to start working with a staffing agency.

Decide Which Type of Jobs You’re Interested In

You’ll usually find that jobs through a staffing agency last for different lengths of time. For instance, some are temporary and will only last for a predetermined period. Others are temp-to-hire where you’ll essentially work on a trial basis. And others are direct hire where you’re hired full time by the client.

Before meeting with an agency representative, you’ll want to know which formats you’re interested in because this will impact the positions you’re willing to accept.

Job Interview

Agencies may take appointments or allow walk-ins where you learn about available positions, while the agency learns about your experience and qualifications. Even though this isn’t a conventional job interview, you’ll want to treat it like one. For example, you should:

  • Show up a few minutes ahead of time
  • Dress professionally
  • Bring along copies of your resume/portfolio

It’s critical to make a great impression, so do everything you can to get things started out on the right foot. 

Discuss Key Points

You’ll also need to provide the staffing company with as much information as you can regarding your capabilities and job preferences. Some areas they’ll typically want to know about include:

  • Past Work Experience
  • Number of hours you can work per week
  • Education/Certifications
  • Salary expectations

Be sure to cover all the relevant details. The more thorough you are, the better your odds of finding the right job that fits your skill set. 

Ask Plenty of Questions

Finally, ask the recruiter any questions you may have and clarify anything that’s unclear. Some common questions include:

  • What are the main industries they partner with?
  • How long does it usually take to find a position?
  • What types of benefits does a company offer?

Remember the recruiter is there to help. So don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need.

Getting started with a staffing agency can be exciting but also a little overwhelming when you’re not sure how it works. Knowing the basics should hopefully clear everything up and help streamline the process.

Ignite your job search and find a rewarding position in your area. Contact Axiom Staffing Group today.