Many people may be apprehensive about applying to work for an employment agency because they have preconceived notions about them. Here are five myths we’re busting to show how employment agencies are great for your career:
Myth #1: Employment agencies = temporary work.
Truth: This varies client-to-client and is not always the case. Yes, many assignments can be temporary, but this may include temp-to-perm situations where after a contracted period the employee is hired on permanently by the client. In addition, some positions are direct-hire where a staffing agency has agreed to find a suitable applicant for a fee, and that employee is immediately placed on the client’s payroll.
Myth #2: The jobs available probably aren’t for me.
Truth: Depending on the agency, their specialty, and client demands, the positions available can vary widely. You might see ads for accounting managers, billing clerks, biomedical engineers, catering staff, computer specialists, data entry clerks, IT professionals, nurses, legal secretaries, sales representatives, warehouse workers and everything else in-between. Don’t discount an agency just because you don’t think they have jobs that fit your background. You never know–by the end of the week they might have something that would be a perfect fit for you!
Myth #3: Temp jobs make you look bad to other employers.
Truth: Working with the same agency over and over actually demonstrates the opposite. While having a list of temporary assignments may seem to make it difficult to show a consistent work history to other employers, if you completed all assignments within the same agency, use it as a strength when talking with future hiring managers. Why else would an agency keep calling you for assignments if you weren’t hardworking, dependable, and capable?
Myth #4: Temp jobs have no benefits.
Truth: Many agencies like us actually do offer benefits to our temporary employees. Always ask what benefits an agency offers. Just because you’re in a temporary assignment doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits a typical employer would offer. Some temporary opportunities even offer the opportunity to make commission.
Myth #5: Temp jobs are going away.
Truth: The industry is experiencing significant growth. According to the Bureau of Labor’s Current Employment Statistics report from October, between July and October, 18,000 jobs were added per month whereas previous months showed only 5,000 jobs being added per month.
While there are many factors at play, temp jobs are in part growing because companies hit hard by the economy want to start hiring, but are afraid to take the risk. Enter in a staffing company which handles an employees’ insurance, workers comp, etc. during the length of the contract.
As employment agencies continue to increase their hiring, keep them in mind as you job search! Already tried a temp agency? Please feel free to share any personal experiences below!