For most job seekers, the ultimate goal is to land a full-time position at a company of their choosing. However, that goal can sometimes be difficult to achieve.
Staffing firms offer job seekers the chance to gain access to a career opportunity in two other ways: on a temporary or temporary-to-hire basis. These assignments can last from one day to a year or more, and in a temp-to-hire situation, could lead to a full-time job.
According to the American Staffing Association, greater than 90 percent of U.S. businesses use staffing companies, and 40 percent of workers looking for their first job or reentering the labor market have done so by partnering with a staffing firm.
Essentially, staffing arrangements are quite popular with both workers and employers.
How does a staffing agency work?
Once a staffing company is informed by one of its client companies that a job is available, the staffing firm starts actively looking to fill the position. The hiring sequence for a typical staffing company has three main steps: posting, screening and hiring.
Often, a staffing company will have a worker on its books who is a great match for the job that has just become available. If the staffing company does not, it will post the position in the locations that are popular with people looking for work, like on their own website, social media or internet job boards.
After lining up a number of potential candidates for the open position, the staffing company will contact men and women who meet their criteria, then perform interviews and background checks in accordance with their client company’s specifications.
Once a person is hired, they will report to the client company to perform work, but their paycheck and any benefits will be issued from the staffing company. The duration of employment is entirely determined by the client company, not the staffing agency.
Staffing agency myths
Some people discount the usefulness of going through a staffing agency, saying they don’t provide a ‘real’ job, with stability and decent pay. Or, critics might say staffing agencies are only useful for entry-level jobs.
However, these criticisms are largely untrue. First of all, many major companies, like Amazon and Starbucks, provide ‘real’ employment through staffing agencies – with some of these opportunities paying as much as $40,000 or $50,000 a year; hardly entry-level pay.
Furthermore, many staffing companies take pride in finding open positions for managerial and experienced technical workers. These professionals may prefer the flexibility that comes with working temporary assignments, as opposed to the commitment of a full-time job.
For those who do want a full-time job, temp-to-hire arrangements often lead to the employee getting hired full time. Conversely, a temporary position is often a springboard into a full time job, either with the company they are working for or with another organization.
At Action Group Staffing, we have years of experience getting talented professionals into employment situations that will benefit their careers or personal lives. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.