A staffing agency is a great career resource for any job seeker. From determining your top skills to matching you with companies to keeping you in the loop when new opportunities arise, a staffing partner can help your job search in so many different ways.
But in order to make your staffing partnership as beneficial as possible, it’s important to keep a few key things in mind.
In addition to communicating openly and honestly with your recruiter, let’s take a look at a handful of ways to get the most out of your staffing relationship.
Dress for success.
A meeting with a recruiter is not as formal as an interview with a prospective employer. However, dressing professionally every time that you meet with your staffing agency really sets the tone. It shows them that you’re taking the job search seriously. Your appearance, attitude and body language go a long way when it comes to landing a job. This is your very first chance to make a professional impression. Take advantage of it.
Explain your work history in detail—and be honest!
Recruiters are on your side. They’ll work as hard as possible to help place you in a great position that truly meets your needs. That said, they need as much information about you as possible in order to help. Even if there are details from your history that you’d prefer not to discuss for fear that they might hurt your future opportunities—such as being let go, or fired from a past job—you should always tell your recruiter the whole story. They aren’t looking to judge your past; they just need to assess your file in order to better place you in a new role.
Keep your staffing partner in the loop.
After each interview, be sure to let your recruiter know how it went. They will likely do their own follow-up with each prospective employer, but they’ll want to hear your thoughts as well. The more communication you have, the better your recruiter will be able to find the right match for you.
Take advice seriously.
Staffing firms are very familiar with their clients. They’ve spent a lot of time discussing their workforce needs and know exactly what they’re looking for in a job candidate. When you’re prepping for an interview, be sure to listen carefully to the details that your recruiter provides. They want you to ace the interview and are providing crucial inside tips for how to succeed.
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