There are a lot of misconceptions out there about staffing agencies that cause people to shy away from using them to find jobs. The truth is that these agencies can be an excellent resource in helping individuals who are seeking employment. Here are the top five myths we have busted to show how staffing agencies can help boost your career.
Myth #1: Staffing agencies charge a fee to help you find a job.
Reality: Reputable staffing agencies will never charge employees for finding them a job. Staffing agencies typically charge the fees to their clients, the companies that hire the agency to look for employees. The only thing that you, as a potential employee, need to do is apply and check up on your application regularly.
Myth #2: Staffing firms are only for temporary jobs, or they only hire for certain types of work.
Reality: The truth is that this will depend on the individual agency, their specialty, their clients, and available assignments. Many of today’s staffing agencies place individuals at all levels, in virtually every industry. While the initial assignment might only be for a limited time, it is not uncommon for temporary jobs to become full-time offers of employment. EA Staffing offers positions in a variety of different industries lasting for various lengths of time.
Myth #3: Staffing agencies do not offer any benefits.
Reality: This is also dependent upon the individual agency. At EA Staffing, we offer medical insurance to any employee that has worked 100 hours on an assignment through our company. The hours are calculated at the beginning of each month, so if an employee works 40 hours per week, they may qualify for insurance in as little as three to four weeks, instead of the typical 90 day waiting period that you find at most direct hire companies.
Myth #4: Temporary jobs only pay less than full-time jobs.
Reality: Most staffing agencies offer competitive rates that are on par with industry standards. In fact, some temporary jobs pay more than regular jobs. Why? Because companies want quality employees who will do quality work. Otherwise, they would not be spending the extra money to use an agency to hire employees in the first place.
Myth #5: Taking a temporary job will keep you from finding full-time work and it can’t be used on a résumé.
Reality: Temporary assignments can (and should!) be used on résumés. As mentioned previously, many temporary assignments can lead to permanent work. Working a temporary assignment can open doors to opportunities that may not have been available otherwise. In addition, it is better to have an employment history that includes temporary work than a history that is filled with long periods of unemployment.
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