3 Benefits to Using a Staffing Firm in Your Job Search

staffingfirmAuthor: Debra Auerbach
Source: CareerBuilder.com

Three key advantages of using a staffing firm are experience, insights and confidential opportunities.

Sometimes a job search can feel isolating. You’re spending hours upon hours searching for opportunities, working on your resume and applying to job openings, often without having any outside feedback about what you’re doing right or wrong. That isolation can add a lot of emotional stress to an already nerve-wracking experience.

What you may not realize is that you don’t have to go it alone. “Psychologists tell us that next to death of a spouse, death of a child and death of a parent, the fourth most emotional experience we have, coupled with divorce, is searching for a job. It is emotionally stressful,” says Tony Beshara, owner and president of Babich & Associates, the oldest placement and recruitment service in Texas. “A professional staffing firm can help eliminate that emotional stress. Staffing firms are in the trenches on a daily basis with candidates and employers.”

Beshara says the three key advantages of using a staffing firm are experience, insights and confidential opportunities. Read on to learn more about these benefits and how staffing firms can play a crucial role in helping you find your next career:

1. Experience
According to Beshara, the average U.S. professional changes jobs every two and a half to three years. So that means a worker may go a long stretch of time before needing to engage in a job search. Staffing firm recruiters, on the other hand, live and breathe the job-search process daily.

Beshara points out that within the period of time between job searches, the job market can change – sometimes drastically. “The staffing professional is current on exactly what is going on in the immediate market. They have a unique perspective that the job seeker will not have. The market for a particular skill or experience is never the same as it was three years ago. It isn’t likely any job candidate is going to be aware of that change. So, the ‘new’ candidate may think that finding a job is going to be like ‘last time,’ but it’s not.”

A knowledgeable staffing professional can help navigate a job seeker through the market changes, so the job seeker is less likely to encounter any surprises or challenges along the way. “The experienced staffing pro doesn’t give theoretical or abstract advice, but practical ‘this is the way it is … this is what you should expect … this is what we should do’ advice,” Beshara says.

2. Insights
One of the often frustrating parts about job searching is not getting any feedback from employers as to why you aren’t the right fit for a role. When working with a staffing firm, you get access to that kind of information, which can help improve your search now and down the line.

“Staffing professionals have insights that candidates can’t get anywhere else,” Beshara says. “Since the majority of us work the same clients and the same hiring mangers over many years, we know what they like and how they like it, what they will hire and what they won’t. Since we get to know them personally, we not only understand the job they are trying to fill but we know their personalities and personal likes and dislikes. We give those insights to our candidates to be sure both parties have the best chance of success not in just getting a job, but [in having] a long, solid employment relationship.”

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What to Expect When Working with a Temp Agency

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Author: Theresa Droste
Source: Monster

Job hunters often feel they must embellish their skills to land a job, but when you sign up to work with a temp agency, exaggerating your skills may work against you. You could end up in the wrong position. So during your first meeting at a temp agency, be honest, suggests Steve Armstrong, vice president and Detroit regional manger for Kelly Services, a staffing agency based in Troy, Michigan.

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Happy Labor Day!

labor_day_clipartIf you work for a living, Labor Day is your holiday! Hopefully you’re getting to sit back and enjoy yourself, perhaps with some bbq and a beer! Here at the job shop, we know you work hard, and you deserve these little moments of peace.

Curious about the origins and history of Labor Day? Here’s an awesome article from The History Channel. Follow the link at the end for more.

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Small Business Week: Temp Worker Promotion

SBMIn honor of National Small Business Week last week, and San Francisco Small Business Week starting this weekend, The Job Shop will be showing our support for local businesses by extending a special offer on all new temp orders! Have staffing needs? Just give us a call to take advantage of our staffing services!

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Temp Agencies

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Author: Jeremy Coleman
Source: Jobunlocker.com

As you respond to job postings, job ads, and check out job boards, you may have thought about applying for a job with a temp agency, but not knowing how they work has stopped you from following through. Well fear no more! This article is a comprehensive guide to temp and staffing agencies so you can go into it with confidence.

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Utilizing Temp Workers In The Modern Workplace

temporaryworkerWritten By Josh 
Tolan for Fast
Company

Permanent is always better than temporary, right? Not always, and the rising trend of the temporary workforce shows these fleeting employees might be a solution for your common recruitment woes.

CareerBuilder found that 42% of companies were planning to ramp up temporary hiring, with 43% hoping to transition temp talent to full-time superstars. Temp labor is being used by both growing companies and more established businesses to jump over the skills gap, navigate a crowded marketplace, and beat out the competition.

This is probably why numbers from Staffing Industry Analysts predict the temporary labor market will grow an additional 7% in 2015.

But are temporary workers the solution to your recruitment woes or just a passing fad? First, let’s take a look at what sectors are utilizing temp labor

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