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How to Pick the Right Employment Services Agency

working-with-employment agencies-11-25-postEmployers: are you thinking of hiring an employment services agency to help with your recruiting efforts?

Job seekers: are you thinking of working with an employment services agency to find a new temp job or full-time career opportunity?

If your answer is YES, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are 3 tips to help both employers and job seekers pick the right employment services agency:

1. Know Your Needs
There are many different types of employment services companies, so it’s important to find one that’s a good match for your needs. Determine what your needs are now, and what they might be in the future.

Employers: think about the range of services you’re looking for. Do you only need to recruit for direct hires? Do you need temp/contract staffing services? Resume screening? If you’re in a niche market, find an agency that works in that market as well.

Job seekers: choose an agency that focuses on the kind of work you’re looking for – temporary or contract, temp-to-hire, or long-term career placement. And if you’re not sure of the direction you want to go, then choose an agency that offers a variety of job placement services.

2. Do Your Homework
The same rules apply for both employers and job seekers – do your homework! Reach out to several agencies to get a good feel for the landscape:

  • Visit their websites. Learn more about the agencies and their distinct cultures.
  • Call and speak to their recruiters. Make sure they’re accessible, friendly and professional. And ask if they conduct in-person interviews with candidates – this is something not many agencies do these days, but it’s still the best way to get to know a candidate and understand their career goals.
  • Talk to your friends and colleagues. Find people in your personal network who have firsthand experience (good or bad) with agencies.

3. Think Local
If you’re focused on recruiting or finding employment in a particular geographic area, then think local. There can be big benefits to choosing a local employment services agency over a large, national agency. A local agency will have lots of helpful experience in their particular geographic area – they’re very familiar with local employers, they know the current employment outlook for the area, and they can often provide a higher level of personalized service that bigger agencies can’t. 

If it’s time for you to pick an employment services agency, consider A.R. Mazzotta. We might just be the best match for you.