10/30/2018
 
Posted By: Hayley Brown

Working with a staffing agency provides several benefits beyond simply helping candidates find a job. They can provide employment benefits, such as healthcare, 401k plans, group insurance, and vacation or sick leave. But most importantly, they can help you build your career up to new heights. Here are 4 key benefits to working with a staffing agency that you should definitely take into account as you look for your next big opportunity.

Benefit #1: Job Matching

Staffing firms are constantly receiving requests from companies who need help finding the right person for a new opportunity. It's in their interest to find high quality candidates to quickly fill those roles. This is true to the point that recruiters are actively looking for good workers within an industry even before the right opportunity comes along. The ability to match top industry talent with great job opportunities is what makes staffing firms able to meet the needs of their clients and their candidates so well. That gives you the chance to find your next role before it hits the job boards.

Benefit #2: Candidate Loyalty

Another great thing about working with a staffing firm is that you can earn their loyalty by doing a great job. If you work on a contract and show yourself to be a committed and capable employee, at the end of your contract the staffing agency will work hard to continue to employ you with the same company or with another company quickly. They do this to keep you on their payroll, but it also benefits you as a job seeker. It means less down-time between gigs and the dedicated support that can mean the difference in your job search.

Benefit #3: Industry Knowledge

If you are looking to move into a market you are not particularly familiar with, recruiters are your greatest resource. Their industry knowledge is a critical resource.Staffing firms know all about the job market, and if you are working with a specialized staffing agency, they know what companies are hiring for your niche position. Recruiters can also help you better understand the value of your skills, the going rate for positions, and whether an offer is reasonable or not. If you lack that industry knowledge, you could end up regretting your decision to settle with one company rather than another.

Benefit #4: Instant Network

A robust professional network is essential to quickly discovering and landing new jobs. If your network is lacking when you begin your job search, you'll find yourself inevitably fighting an uphill battle. Recruiters are known for their excellent connections with hiring managers and employers who are looking for candidates. After years of working with a wide variety of employers, your recruiter knows who's hiring, what they're looking for, and what's coming down the pipe. That network is a huge bonus when you start working with a recruiter because you know that you'll be connected with the right companies at the right time.

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