By Lon Matejczyk
Whether you’re looking for a temporary job or a permanent position, working for a staffing firm can be a great career move. Each day, 2.58 million people are employed by staffing companies.
The days of spending 30 years with one company and earning a gold watch are over. People are switching jobs and careers many times in their lifetimes for a variety of reasons, including the downturn in the economy.
Working for a staffing agency allows you to experience countless industries, companies and careers you might never have thought of trying. You’ll also be able to avoid having gaps in your employment history and will be more competitive.
In an American Staffing Association survey, respondents said the top reason they chose temporary or contract work was to get a permanent job. Flexibility and experience also ranked high. Seventy-two percent of these employees actually obtained permanent positions with the company for whom he or she originally worked part-time.
Temporary placement firms get plenty of job leads that aren’t advertised. You’ll have a lot of opportunities that others won’t have access to when searching for work.
You’ll also be able to choose when, where, and how you want to work. You can work full-time or part-time. Take a summer off. Work just three or four days a week. Even fit your schedule around college classes.
Businesses of all types and sizes are increasingly turning to staffing agencies for flexibility and access to highly skilled talent. They know that these firms are experts in recruiting and matching employees for temporary, contract or permanent positions.
If you’re considering this path, remember that just as the firm wants talented workers, you want an agency that suits your needs. Start by figuring out what skills you have. Then check out several staffing company websites.
Once you’ve narrowed your search, sit down with the selected agencies and have an honest conversation about the hours you’re available to work, the distance you’re willing to commute and your expectations as well as theirs.
Most importantly, be patient. Initially matching your skills with potential clients may take a while. Don’t give up. America’s staffing companies match millions of people to millions of job every day across the country. Surely there’s one for you!
About the Author
Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group. Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.