Some people wonder if working with a staffing agency is a difficult or a time-consuming headache where you apply and then wait weeks to get assigned somewhere. But the truth is the application process is simple and in some cases at Your Employment Solutions we can make you a job offer the same day you apply.
Another question that often comes up is whether or not staffing agencies charge employees to work with them. The answer is no. Reputable staffing agencies do not charge the employees any fees. See this post to find out more about how staffing agencies work.
Is work at staffing agencies only short-term and temporary? Should you look elsewhere if you want a job that will last? The truth is there are lots of long-term and permanent opportunities via staffing. Most companies use staffing agencies as a foot in the door opportunity. Typically you will see a 90-day probation period. Use that time to excel and show your value to the company and you could find yourself hired on permanently.
Finally, some people ask if companies that work with staffing agencies treat staffing workers like second-class people? While it's true that not every company does a great job at valuing it's workers, at YES we try to build partnerships with our clients and give advice and suggestions to make sure each employee is working in a positive and safe environment.
So How Do You Get a Job With a Staffing Agency?
Getting hired at Your Employment Solutions is easy!
Have you ever hired a person, just for them to quit on you three weeks later because they were offered a better position elsewhere? Have you ever hired someone just to find out they can’t do the job you need them to? If you have worked in human resources, the answer to both of those questions is a frustratingly yes.
Employing the right person is hard work. In today’s economy with many qualified candidates and record low unemployment rates, finding the “perfect” fit for your company can be a difficult task. Lucky for employers, staffing agencies are here to make your job a little easier!
Why is Hiring So Difficult?
When hiring potential employees, there are a lot of pieces that must fit together. Do they have the skills that we need? What does their previous job history look like? How long-term are they wanting? Will they fit in with our company culture? What additional costs are we going to be responsible for besides just their wages? The list goes on and on.
Finding the pieces to fit perfectly together for all of these questions can be exasperating to employers and recruiters. As an employer you will rarely find someone who is “practically perfect in every way.” Every candidate will have their share of strengths and weaknesses.
Even with this understanding, the hiring process is time and cost consuming as is – you want to make it as straight-forward and simple as possible. But what if you make a mistake? The fear of hiring the wrong person is real and is something many recruiters deal with on a daily basis.
How Can a Staffing Agency Help Me?
Staffing services can range from hiring the basic entry-level employee up to top-management and everywhere in between. Not only does the staffing agency take on the recruiting efforts for you, but they also allow you to try the employee out during a probationary period (typically about 90 days) before requiring you to commit to hiring the employee on full-time. At any time during the process if things are not working out you can replace the employee and try another candidate. They can be a key asset in allowing all of the pieces involved in your hiring decision to come together nicely.
While a staffing agency doesn’t provide these services free of charge, using their services can actually save you as an employer some money. You do have to pay their mark-up, but you don’t have the extra fees associated with employees (matching taxes, insurance, unemployment taxes, etc.) or the additional risk involved with new-hires. On top of saving money in the back-end, they definitely save you time – one of your most valuable non-monetary resources. These advantages can help decrease the previous mentioned apprehension of making a bad hiring decision.
It Sounds Like a Staffing Company Can Help the Employer – How Can It Help Me as an Employee?
Staffing agencies are designed to help both the employee and the employer. Finding work can be just as stressful and time consuming as making a hiring decision. Staffing agencies are here to solve that problem too! One application with a staffing agency applies you for hundreds of jobs with different skill sets. Here at YES, we strive to not just find you a job, but find you the right job. Our customized staffing processes allow us to match your skill-sets with potential employers who have requested similar services. We help you during every step of the process and give you all the tools to be successful in your new place of employment.
What Would the World Look Like if Staffing Didn’t Exist?
Don’t get me wrong – finding the right “perfect” candidate for an open job is a hard task regardless of if you have the help of a staffing agency or if you’re tackling it all on your own. Staffing agencies simply provide resources to guide you along the already difficult road. Without them, employees would be spending more time and energy looking for jobs and employers would be spending more time and energy wrapped up in hiring decisions.
Regardless of what side of the spectrum you’re on, you may want to consider turning to a staffing agency to help you in your employment journey.
Does Working With a Staffing Agency Make You More Employable?
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 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!
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.
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?!
I 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!
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.
Do 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!
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.
Do 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!