Looking for a job requires a lot of time. You have to tailor your CV, browse through job vacancies, write cover letters…you might say that finding a job is a full-time job itself.
Want to know how to speed up the process and get hired quicker?
Job seekers often overlook placement companies, but they have several important positive sides. In this article, let’s take a look at those benefits and determine whether registering with a job placement company is a good idea for you.
What is a job placement company?
Placement companies are outside agencies employers hire to help them find suitable candidates for their open positions. And while the jobs you get through employment agencies are sometimes temporary or project-based, they may provide an opportunity for long-term employment.
When signing up with a placement company, you become their employee. That means they will take care of your paycheck, unemployment insurance, and other benefits.
Those are the basics of placement companies. Let’s look at the main reasons you might want to register with one.
Job placement companies often plenty of options
Employment agencies do business with numerous companies.That means that there is a good chance they will find you a job position in your desired field.
On the other hand, if you’ve ever thought about trying yourself in a new field, placement companies are the ideal way to do that. They can offer you the opportunity to work in various job positions, including those for which you have the skills but lack experience.
For example, you can try working as an administrative, analyst, archivist, cataloger, library assistant, or information specialist. And those are just several options you have at your disposal.
Job placement companies can expand your network of contacts
Considering that placement agencies secure temporary or project-based employment, chances are that you will work with many different employers. That will give you a chance to expand your network of contacts. It will also allow you to try out different work environments and increase knowledge in financial services, legal and tax and other departments.
Short-term employment is also an excellent way to add references to your resume. If you prove yourself at a job position, you can ask the employer to list him among the people willing to verify your work skills.
You don’t have to pay a single cent
When a company wants to find the perfect candidate for a position in demand, it turns to a placement company. The employer pays the agency to find the candidate.
That means there is no cost to you as a job seeker. You are using the employment agency for free! If a job placement agency does ask you to pay for their services, you’re probably being scammed. That’s not the way they work. Read this: Be smart.
You can get flexible working hours
When getting a job through a placement company, it may be a full-time job but a short-term placement. But in most cases, it will be a part-time job or a job with flexible working hours to accommodate your availability. That will give you enough time to pursue other career opportunities or focus on your professional development.
You may get a full-time contract
When hiring for a full-time job, employers want to double-check and triple-check that they have made the right choice. From their perspective, temporary assignments are a great way to do that. If you prove yourself during the short-term placement, you might get a full-time offer. In addition, you can also find out about other unadvertised openings within the company.
Job placement agencies work for you!
Believe it or not, this is true! After all, it wasn’t only you who decided to work with a placement company, they also decided to work with you.
They did that because they believe in your skills and want you to land work. Job placement agencies will offer their support and guidance. They can help you clarify what you are looking for and assist you in showing that you are a good fit for the company. On top of that, they are experts in the labor market and often have lots of jobs available at any moment.
One thing to note: check the placement agencies in your city or region to make sure they cater to the general area or areas of interest to you. Some are highly specialized (only medical jobs, for instance) while others work in a number of different industries. Checking the staffing page will save time and frustration: Example.
The Best Way to Find a Job FAST — Conclusion
Many times, people looking for work fail to understand the potential benefits of job placement companies. Nor do they think about the value of using temporary employment as an excellent means of getting a feel for different jobs and different employers.
Here’s how to decide whether a job placement agency is right for you.
Consider these three questions:
- Is your job search taking too long?
- Are you unsure about which position would best fit you?
- Are you confused about where to look for the right job?
Answer “Yes” to any of those… and you should run, not walk, to the nearest job placement agency. Get the help you need to make your career decisions.
Abel Cane works and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Abel knows the value of placement companies for temporary help.