Why Choose to Work With a Staffing Agency During Your Career Search?

The job market is tough right now. It is hyper-competitive and many companies only have the budget to hire a few people for the rest of the year. It can be challenging to navigate this on your own, so it may be beneficial to work with a staffing agency throughout your search. Here is why we recommend it:

  1. Agency recruiters have direct contact with hiring managers.
    1. Most of the time, recruiters are working directly with the hiring managers on their assignment. This works in your favor because the recruiter knows what the company is looking for, they can send you to the top of the line for an interview and you will have someone to advocate on your behalf. A recruiter’s role is to sell their candidates to the hiring manager, so they will be able to present your skills before you even speak to anyone at the company.
  2. It is a mutual beneficial relationship between you and the recruiter.
    1. Let’s address the elephant in the room: money. It is no secret that recruiters make commissions from their placements. With that said they want to secure you the best opportunity with the best pay rate. It is imperative that you openly discuss what your salary expectations are so they can pair you with the best role. On the flip side, you have to be open to negotiation because they are working with a pay range [mostly] outside of their control. At the end of the day, the more money you make, typically the more your recruiter makes. 
  3. Recruiters are experts in the field.
    1. Recruiters spend all day everyday recruiting in their assigned industries. They know what to ask you during the preliminary screening that will give you the most advantage in your upcoming interviews. They know the market and can best help you in your job search. 
  4. You will be a fit for a role either now or in the future.
    1. Staffing agencies get a myriad of new roles per week. In a highly competitive market, you don’t always land the first job you apply to. When working with a specialized firm, there’s a higher chance that the recruiter will have another similar opportunity for you in the future! Our database is filled with hundreds of qualified candidates that we have placed or will place in the future. Keep in contact with your recruiter and answer their calls because they may be coming to you with the perfect role. 
  5. Most staffing agencies are FREE to use.
    1. A recruiter’s commission is based on placements, not contacts made. In other words, you can work with a staffing agency without having to spend a dime. Think of working with a staffing agency as informational interviews. Recruiters want to get to know you and your skill sets so they can find you the best possible role. You are also under no obligation to work with them. If you do not feel like you vibed with your recruiter or don’t see yourself as a potential fit for any of their roles, you do not have to continue working with them. Just make sure to tell them that because recruiters are not mind readers.

Asking for help is never a sign of weakness. Navigating the job market on your own is challenging. Working with staffing agencies can help you find your next role quicker. They will find you opportunities, and you can take that stress off yourself. If you are an ERP, EPM or BI consultant looking for your next role, please reach out to any of our expert recruiters for more information.