Working with A Staffing Agency: Myths vs. Facts

When you hear the term “staffing agency,” what comes to mind? Odds are, you have a lot of preconceived ideas about what a staffing agency is and what it does. If you’ve never worked with a staffing agency before, you might be surprised to learn that a lot of those preconceived ideas are actually myths. Here are some of the common misconceptions people have about working with a staffing agency, and the facts you should know.

“Casting a broad net will allow you to have as many doors open as possible! The best staffing companies are niched and have a specialized team ready to engage with your skill set and properly assess your potential to move to the next title and salary grade. Many hiring managers prioritize their relationships with staffing companies because they listen when we call!” says Sharon Tsao, CMO, Contemporary Staffing Solutions.

Myth: You Have to Pay A Fee

Fact: Job seekers do not pay a dime to reputable staffing agencies

As a job seeker, you should not pay any sort of fee to a recruiter. Staffing agencies are paid by the companies who hire them to find great people. It is in the best interest of the recruiter to find you a role where you will thrive and add value to an employer.

Myth: Staffing Agencies Only Hire for Temporary Positions

Fact: Staffing agencies hire for a range of positions

Staffing agencies hire for a range of employment opportunities that can include temporary, contract, consulting, temporary-to-hire, and direct hire positions. That means that if you are looking for a permanent, full-time job, you shouldn’t exclude the possibility that a staffing agency can help.

“When opportunity knocks, you should open. Oftentimes candidates have a fear of working for a staffing firm because they think it’s only a “temp” role. However, getting your foot in the door can open endless possibilities. For example, you are now enhancing your skills and building your resume. More times than not, candidates end up being extended or hired perm by the client,” says Ashlei Randolph, Branch Manager, Contemporary Staffing Solutions.

Myth: You’ll Get Paid Less If You Go Through a Staffing Agency

Fact: You will get paid the same

There is a misconception that staffing agencies take a “cut” of the salary offered to a candidate they recommend, which leaves that employee earning less than they would have if they had applied on their own.  The fact is, staffing agencies bill their clients a fee for services, so nothing is coming out of your paycheck.

Myth: Great Agencies Don’t Work In My Area

Fact: CSS works with companies nationally

Finding an effective staffing agency can be difficult. Often, you’ll find a firm that sounds great, only to discover they don’t actually service your area.  Contemporary Staffing Solutions (CSS) is different. Our recruiters work with companies and job seekers nationally to ensure the best matches for both our candidates and our clients.

Are You Ready To Learn More About Working With A Recruiter?

At CSS, our recruiters work with candidates to help them map out a path for success as we work to help you find and land your ideal job. To learn more about the ways we can help you achieve your career goals, contact our team today.

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Contemporary Staffing connects job seekers to hiring managers nationally in the following professions: Accounting & FinanceCall Center & OfficeHuman ResourcesITSalesforce, and Sales & Marketing.