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Do Staffing Companies work for the client or the candidate?

Staffing Scrabble by Amtec CC BY-SA 2.0

Finding a job isn’t always easy, even in today’s economy. What makes it even more difficult is navigating the various types of placement and staffing companies and their fees.

If you’re unemployed, you don’t necessarily have the funds to pay someone to find you a job, so do you have to pay the staffing company that’s advertising for warehouse workers? And just who is that staffing agency working for – you or the company that needs the worker?

As in most things, the answers to those questions are: it depends.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Employment Agency, Gaining Experience

Is an employment agency right for me?

When you’re looking for a job, you’re sure to come across employment agency ads for workers. They often look like this screenshot (to the right) from Indeed.com:

But maybe you’ve never used an employment or staffing agency, so how do you know if you should apply?

First you need to understand what an employment agency does. The American Staffing Association (ASA) has a great description:

Companies need employees. Workers need jobs. And the staffing industry brings them together. Whether for temporary or seasonal assignments, contract engagements, or permanent placement, the staffing industry gives employees a bridge to permanent employment and it gives businesses the skilled labor and flexibility to create effective workforce solutions.

How does it work?

That depends on the type of position that is being filled – temporary or permanent – but the way it starts is the same...

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Temp-to-Hire, Temporary, Seasonal, Contract, Permanent Placement, Employment Agency

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