recruitment and staffing

What Is Staffing Agencies

A lot of staffing agency runs and focus on a particular sector of the task market, but all functions in the same way - by offering a service that matches the labor requirements of their business or small company clients with certified workers who have the abilities that satisfy those requirements. Eventually, staffing firms handle the personnel demands and needs of your customers, preserving and managing countless resumes of task hunters and candidates.

A staffing firm would first receive a list of requirements provided by the business and a description of the job position they need to be filled. With the story at hand, the staffing agency would utilize the details and develop a task publishing, which they would then filter through potential applicants to discover the ideal match for the employer and the employee.

The primary objective for staffing firms is to match each applicant with a task. To accomplish this, agencies will first speak with possible candidates to obtain to understand the candidates and the type of work they would be most be fitted for in both long- and short-term positions. To identify a prospect’s ability to operate in a particular place, the firm may ask the applicant to take an expert skills test, such as a typing test, in their preliminary interview. Validating a candidate’s skills with a broad selection of evaluations provides a staffing agency an advantage in matching the ideal applicant to his/her dream job and will typically have a database of job seekers’ resumes for future opportunities.

After the evaluation tests, how to find a recruiter would then help the prospect established an interview with a potential company once the agency has chosen they combined the ideal candidate with an open position. There are two alternatives when the company is selecting a candidate. The company can either employ the candidate on a short-term basis or work with him/her straight in an irreversible position.

@sonickitty was asking for resume tips and as I was typing this out in an ask I thought, “Hey, other people might want to know these things too.” Also it was getting too long for an ask. I’m a recruiter for a staffing company, so here are some tips from what I’ve seen. Please keep in mind I’m specifically in legal recruiting, so other fields may be different; I know in tech fields they’re way more open to creative resumes whereas in legal if you get creative they’ll just scowl and gnash their teeth at you because legal is No Fun Ever and law firms hate smiling. Also this is in the US and I have no experience in resumes/CVs for other countries. So, with those caveats: resume tips!

1. Make sure your previous job responsibilities are in past tense and your current responsibilities are in present! It’s a little thing but I’ve had clients reject resumes solely for that. It shows attention to detail and also that you know that things that aren’t happening anymore are in the past.

2. The order you list your job responsibilities actually does make a difference. You want your most impressive (and pertinent to the job you’re applying for) responsibilities first, so that if they start skimming they at least saw that.

3. You don’t need a statement of purpose/objective–hiring managers skip right over that to get to the experience and education. I delete that before I send my candidates’ resumes to clients.

4. Keep all your styling (any bold, italics, etc.) consistent in every different section and USE HEADINGS (education, work experience, etc.)

5. Try to keep it to one page! You really only need to go back 10 years in your work history, so that may be a way to cut back.

6. If your education is more impressive than your experience (for example, you’re a fairly recent grad so your work history is slim but you have a degree), list that before you list your work experience. If you’ve been working for a while and have a lot of great experience, list that first. You want the first thing they see to be the best representation of you.

7. If you’ve worked a lot of contract/temporary assignments in the same field, you can list them under one heading (Various Contract Assignments or something like that) and include a few of the more impressive companies you worked for. That way you can save on space and you don’t have to worry about finding different ways to list your responsibilities if all the jobs were really similar.

8. On that note: DO NOT just copy and paste the duties/responsibilities for each job, no matter how similar they were.

9. Please, for the love of all that is sweet and holy, do not use Comic Sans.

10. Put the months along with the year for how long you worked at each job. You might be worried it’ll hurt you, if for example you were only there for a few months but it was the end of one year and the beginning of another so leaving off months makes it look like you had longer tenure somewhere, but it’s a big pet peeve in hiring. You want to be as honest as possible.

Some general job search tips: 

1. Post your resume. Post it to indeed, Career Builder, Monster, any specific job site in your field (there are a LOT of field-specific job sites)–post it EVERYWHERE. Make it visible to hiring managers. If you’re still working while you’re job searching and you’re worried your current boss will find it, most sites have an option to keep your name confidential until the hiring manager actually clicks on your resume. It’s not a perfect system, but it can at least help.

2. Indeed scrapes jobs from a lot of other sites, so make sure you’re not applying to the same job more than once from multiple sites. That will hurt your chances because it makes it look like you’re not keeping track of where you’re putting your resume.

3. If you choose to use a recruiter (and I swear I’m not biased when I say they’re helpful; if you don’t want to be sent on temporary assignments, you can tell them and they’ll only consider you for permanent placements, at least that’s how we work) MAKE SURE they’re telling you before they send your resume anywhere. Recruiters have a shady reputation for a reason. A lot of companies are volume, volume, volume, so they’ll send your resume for a job without even asking you. This can cause huge problems for you for a few reasons; you might have a conflict with that position, for one thing, but it’s also really harmful if you apply to the same job on your own and are presented by a staffing company, or if multiple staffing companies present you for the same job. Rather than figuring out if they have to go through the agency and pay a fee and which gets the fee, the hiring manager will say “Nah” and pass on you for someone else. NEVER work with a recruiter who refuses to get your permission before sending your resume. And recruiters should be free for you; if they have a fee, skip ‘em and find a different company. There are about a million staffing companies and if you don’t like one for any reason, even if it’s just that you get a weird vibe off the recruiter you’re working with, it’s easy to find someone else. Recruiters are great if you’re still working while job searching, because they’ll be really discreet and you don’t have to worry about posting your resume and your boss finding it.

4. Get a LinkedIn. Make it boring and professional. Put up a very boring and professional photo of yourself. Connect with as many people as possible in the field you’re looking to get into. Join groups related to your field. Networking is hugely important. If it’s possible and affordable, try to go to mixers for an association in your field. (For example, the American Bar Association has tons of networking events and I tell candidates to go to as many as possible.)

Feel free to ask if you have any questions! I may not know the answer but I probably know someone who will. :)