The demand for temporary staffing opportunities has been on the rise in most job markets. Employers want flexible staffing options to manage the dynamic nature of today’s business cycle. Job seekers, on the other hand, might opt for temporary positions for a variety of reasons. It could serve as a stopgap arrangement while continuing the search for a more permanent position or due to benefits such as the flexibility you enjoy, the varied on-the-job experience it offers, the ability to enhance skills sets, or even the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of different industries.
Job seekers benefit from approaching a temp agency such as ours since it offers them a window to the wide range of opportunities available in the market.
So what can you expect from a temporary staffing agency? And what should you look for while choosing which agency to work with?
- Does the agency specialize in your area of interest? An agency that specializes in or has strong connections in your industry or skill area will understand the intricacies involved and be able to match you with the best opportunities.
- Does the agency have experience across a broad range of areas? In case you are looking at developing skills across industries, you need to ensure that the agency has worked with employers in multiple industries. This ensures that they have the necessary connections to provide you varied opportunities.
- Is the agency willing to take a personal interest in your career development? Does the agency help you develop your resume? Do they conduct practice interviews to help you answer tough questions and ensure that you are equipped with the right skill sets? Do they provide free training to help you update your skills or make you more attractive to prospective employers?
- Do they offer benefits? All other things being equal, temporary employees are eligible for many of the benefits available to permanent staff including insurance, paid vacation, and time off during illness, among others. Find out whether your agency will help you pursue employment opportunities that offer good benefits.
It’s best to partner with a placement agency that ensures that the job being offered is suitable for you and that you have the potential to be a good fit into the culture of the hiring organization. In case things don’t work out with one employer, the agency should be able to determine what didn’t work and use that information to help you get a job that better suits your skills and requirements.