Can Staffing Make You More Employable?

Does Working With a Staffing Agency Make You More Employable?

Absolutely!

Staffing agencies have positions they need to fill and the ability to employ candidates very quickly. This is helpful because employers and recruiters may look negatively on extended periods of unemployment. Little to no time between employers is an indicator of a proactive and motivated employee. Some of those employers will then send new employees through trainings or certifications to prepare them for the work they will be doing.

staffing is foot in the doorStaffing Agencies have the ability to start candidates in a company that do not hire directly. There are times an agency is the only way to get a foot in the door of a specific company candidates are passionate about. Once an employee is in the door, even on a temporary assignment, it significantly increases their chances of being hired directly by that company.

If an employee is observant they will learn more than just their job functions, they will learn how different supervisors, managers, experts, departments and companies communicate and operate. Exposure to multiple management styles, problem solving techniques and programs can be extremely valuable if applied correctly at a new department or a new employer.

The knowledge and skills you bring to the table make you valuable and YES can give you that opportunity!

Seth Hopkin
On-Site HR Manager – Ogden, UT
Your Employment Solutions

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Competitive Ignorance

How I Lost Because of Competitive Ignorance

competitive ignorance I had prepared for weeks and the big day had arrived.

  • Market research… Check.
  • Competitive advantage… Check.
  • Financial analysis… Check.
  • Proven market-share… Check.

I was perfectly prepared, or so I thought.

Many years ago I was sitting in a conference room and anxiously anticipating the biggest sales pitch of my life. I knew my numbers would win the day. I educated myself of the struggles that my potential client was facing and had solutions prepared for them. I even stepped up a bit and dressed the part.

I stood as high level executives, dressed the way I was dressed, walked into the office. The standard introductions were made and we took our seats and engaged in a great discussion. For the next 90 minutes I answered questions about my staffing company’s history, locations, size, expertise, industries served, value, price, customer service, customization, marketing, asset availability and other important topics. I was on fire! I could see that they were thoroughly impressed with my preparation and even more impressed what we could offer. I was sure I had em!!

The 90 minutes flew by until that last comment fell from the senior most executive’s lips, “We are evaluating many companies to meet our needs and we will let you know within a few short days who we award the contract to.” Again, pleasantries were exchanged and I left the conference room with a smile on my face.

I still remember everything about that sales moment. The clutter on the desk, the slightly crooked pictures hanging on the wall, and the plastic aroma coming from the production area. I recall with clarity the exact pricing and I even recall how impressed the executives were knowing how closely our services aligned with their needs.

The Competition

Then, a short time later, from the other end of the phone line came these words, “Reed, you have a very impressive company and its was an honor getting to know you, however, we have decided to maintain our relationship with our current provider, we will reach out to you if anything changes.”

What just happened?!

competitve-ignoranceI was suffering from “Competitive Ignorance.” My market plan, price point and services were superior and I was ignorant enough to think that I would get the deal based on the fact that I was way better on paper. I was ignorant to think that my numbers would trump a long lasting relationship. The winner, that day had long lasting relationship that superseded every advantage I had. I spent all my time preparing for a financial discussion and proving our value and lost. Lost big!

Relationships are, in my experience the single most important ingredient for gaining and maintaining a competitive advantage. Branding, marketing strategies, price, adaptation, ingenuity, and service all play a supplemental role to relationships.

This experience quickly taught me that relationships build confidence, confidence builds trust and trust builds relationships. Strong relationships will tell you where your shortcomings are and give you time to fix them, and in most cases will even help you improve where you need it.

I will forever be grateful for that humbling experience. It echo’s in my business psyche almost daily, reminding me that my clients need more than fancy spreadsheets, balloons and confetti. They need relationships.

But the Story Doesn’t End There

Fast forward 8 years… I was experiencing “sales déjà vu” meeting with the same group in the same room answering the same questions… But this time, I had 7+ years of relationship building under my belt and this time I wasn’t ignorant to the importance of relationships. I was perfectly prepared and…. I WON!

Reed Laws
President
Your Employment Solutions

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Staffing Employees | Staffing Myths #5

Staffing Myths #5: Staffing Companies Don’t Care About Their Employees


There are many staffing myths that pertain to the Staffing Industry. In this online world of free-flowing information (full of fact and opinion) that can be said about almost every industry. Your Employment Solutions has been Utah’s best choice for staffing services since 1995. A big part of what makes YES the best in our industry is our commitment to being honest and open in business. This policy is embedded into the fabric of our organization from the strong examples of YES’s leaders Reed Laws and Kerry Westenskow.

Continuing in that tradition of honesty and transparency, here is the fifth in a series of staffing myths blog posts meant to clear up any potential staffing myths you might hold. If you’ve ever considered working with a staffing agency, but were unsure about it for any reason, my hope is that these posts clear up any of your doubts.

staffing mythsDo Staffing Companies Care About their Employees?

I can’t speak for all staffing companies, but the people  working at Your Employment Solutions definitely care about the well-being of their employees.

Our staff regularly meets with our employees on the job to make sure they’re being treated well. Any company that doesn’t care about its workforce is a company that won’t last long. Many staffing companies offer a variety of benefits to help make their employee’s lives easier like direct deposit, bonuses, catered lunches and more.

Will I be required to go to a job I don’t want?

No! You’re not required to accept a job offer when you work with a staffing agency.

It is our goal at Your Employment Solutions to match the right person to the right job every time. We don’t want you to go to a job you won’t like any more than you would want to go there. We know if you’re unhappy you won’t stay. Remember, if the position you’re offered is not a good fit, and you are professional about it, the agency might be able to offer you something different that works better – as staffing agencies hire for multiple companies.

How do I know the staffing agency is a good fit?

Do your research. Not all employment staffing agencies are alike. Ask other people who have worked for the staffing agency about their experience. In today’s online world, you can easily find reviews posted on Google, Facebook and other sites.

I hope this post helped answer any questions you might have regarding pay in staffing or at least cleared up some of the more common myths.  Other staffing myths posts in this series cover the topics of employee fees, how staffing looks on your resume, staffing pay, staffing jobs and more.

If I missed anything you’d like to know about, please leave a comment and let me know!

Cheers to Utah Staffing!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

“I help connect Utah jobseekers to Utah jobs.”

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Check out our entire Staffing Myths Game Show video series on YouTube!

Jobs in Staffing | Staffing Myths #4

Staffing Myth #4: Staffing Agencies Only Fill Temp Jobs


Myths abound regarding the Staffing Industry. In this online world of free-flowing information (full of fact and opinion) that can be said about almost every industry. Your Employment Solutions has been Utah’s best choice for staffing services since 1995. A big part of what makes YES the best in our industry is our commitment to being honest and open in business. This policy is embedded in the organization from the strong examples of YES’s leaders Reed Laws and Kerry Westenskow.

Continuing in that tradition of honesty and transparency, here is the fourth in a series of staffing myths blog posts will meant to clear up any potential staffing myths you might hold. If you’ve ever considered working with a staffing agency, but were unsure about it for any reason, my hope is that these posts clear up any of your doubts.

staffing-myths-jobsDo staffing agencies only hire temporary employees?

Not at all. Staffing agencies hire for a broad range of job types. The length or duration of the job depends on the type. Jobs at staffing agencies can last days, weeks, months, or years. Many companies use employment staffing agencies to help them screen the employees before they make a long-term commitment to hire them permanently.

Is there room for advancement?

Of course. If you do good work, the sky is the limit! Keep in mind the skills you acquire while working with a staffing agency don’t just go away. They will help you long-term whether your goal is to advance within the organization you work for, or to climb the corporate ladder.

So staffing jobs are real jobs with real companies?

Staffing agency jobs are as real as jobs get. You can find work with local, national, and even global organizations via staffing and gain experience at a variety of companies and job opportunities that you otherwise may not have had access to. You can and will work with excellent companies. Over 1/3 of companies use staffing. If you’re confused as to where to go, staffing can be a great way to develop your job skills and discover for yourself what type of work best suits you.

I hope this post helped answer any questions you might have regarding pay in staffing or at least cleared up some of the more common myths.  Other staffing myths posts in this series cover the topics of employee fees, how staffing looks on your resume, staffing pay, and more. If I missed anything you’d like to know about, please leave a comment and let me know!

Cheers to Utah Staffing!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

“I help connect Utah jobseekers to Utah jobs.”

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P.S. Be sure to visit our Utah job board!

Check out our entire Staffing Myths Game Show video series on YouTube!

Temp Work on Resumes | Staffing Myths #3

Staffing Myths #3: Temporary Work Looks Bad on a Resume


There are many myths about the Staffing Industry. In our modern world of free-flowing information (full of fact and opinion) that can be said about almost every industry. Your Employment Solutions has been Utah’s best choice for staffing services since 1995. A big part of what makes YES the best in our industry is our commitment to being honest and open in business. This policy is embedded in the organization from the strong examples of YES’s leaders Reed Laws and Kerry Westenskow.

Continuing in that tradition of honesty and transparency, here is the third in a series of staffing myths blog posts meant to clear up any potential staffing myths you might hold. If you’ve ever considered working with a staffing agency, but were unsure about it for any reason, my hope is that these posts clear up any of your doubts.

Does it look bad on a resume to have worked with a staffing agency?

No. Working with a staffing agency is akin to working with any other type of reputable business. Staffing jobs provide regular work experience, and that is what your resume will reflect.

staffing mythsBut doesn’t temporary work show lack of commitment?

Just the opposite. Temporary work can help you gain and develop skills and real-world experience — which will strengthen your résumé.

If you’re unemployed, working a temporary job with a staffing agency can help you bridge the gap and strengthen your skills (or keep them sharp) until you find that long-term opportunity you’re looking for. It can show initiative, a positive work-ethic, and a commitment to the value of work.

Will a company ignore me for having worked with a staffing agency?

Many major employers use staffing agencies as a cost-effective way to screen new employees. Remember, not all jobs in staffing are temporary. In a lot of instances, working with a staffing agency can be your way “in” to a promising career with a reputable company.

Some companies use employment staffing agencies to make sure you’re a good fit to their culture. Your goal in your job search is to show potential employers how you can benefit their organization. Working with a staffing agency can provide you that opportunity to prove your value in the marketplace.

I hope this post helped answer any questions you might have regarding pay in staffing or at least cleared up some of the more common myths.  Other staffing myths posts in this series cover the topics of employee fees, types of jobs in staffing, staffing pay, and more. If I missed anything you’d like to know about, please leave a comment and let me know!

Cheers to Utah Staffing!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

“I help connect Utah jobseekers to Utah jobs.”

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P.S. Be sure to visit our Utah job board!

Check out our entire Staffing Myths Game Show video series on YouTube!

Employee Pay | Staffing Myths #2

Staffing Myths #2: Staffing Agencies Don’t Pay Well


There are many misconceptions about the Staffing Industry. In this day and age of free-flowing information (and misinformation) that can be said about almost every industry. Your Employment Solutions has worked to become Utah’s best choice for staffing since 1995. A big part of what makes us the best in our industry is our commitment to being honest and open in business. This policy is ingrained in the organization from the examples of YES’s leaders Reed Laws and Kerry Westenskow.

Continuing in that spirit of honesty and transparency, here is the second in a series of blog posts meant to clear up any staffing myths you might have. If you’ve ever considered working with a staffing agency, but were unsure about it for any reason, my hope is that these posts resolve any of your questions.

staffing myths payDo staffing agencies only hire for low-paying entry-level jobs?

Staffing agencies hire for a variety of jobs, at different levels on the career ladder, and throughout multiple industries. Many of the jobs are entry-level, as those jobs are generally the types that see the most turnover. But staffing agencies also recruit for a large number of mid-level and upper-lever jobs as well.

Why am I only offered an entry-level job?

It may depend on your experience. If a jobseeker is new to the workforce, the jobs available will likely be equal to the experience that a new worker brings. In other words, entry-level and lesser pay. But there are plenty of jobs available through employment staffing agencies for jobs seekers with experience as well.

Staffing companies want to supply the best qualified candidate for the jobs. Wages will be competitively designed to attract the quality required.

How much can you make working at a staffing agency?

Anywhere from minimum wage to well over 6-figures a year. The amount you earn depends on the level of the job and the quality of your skills and experience. Check out this blog post to find out more about what your paycheck might look like working through a staffing agency.

I hope this post helped answer any questions you might have regarding pay in staffing or at least cleared up some of the more common myths.  Other staffing myths posts in this series cover the topics of employee fees, types of jobs in staffing, resumes, and more. If I missed anything you’d like to know about, please leave a comment and let me know!

Cheers to Utah Staffing!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

“I help connect Utah jobseekers to Utah jobs.”

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P.S. Be sure to visit our Utah job board!

Check out our entire Staffing Myths Game Show video series on YouTube!