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...