Find a Staffing Agency

Welcome to the world of opportunity. America’s staffing agencies match millions of people to millions of jobs every week. Whether you’re a skilled assembly line worker or a senior executive, whether you’re looking for a short assignment or a permanent position, you can get started to find the perfect job right here.

Choose to Work for an ASA Member Agency

Why choose to work for an ASA member agency? ASA members pledge to adhere to a strict code of ethics and best practices—most of which have to do with their employees. Because ASA promotes legal, ethical, and professional practices for the staffing industry, you can be assured that its members are kept abreast of the latest developments in labor laws and human resource best practices. In fact, one of the principal missions of ASA is to encourage high standards of ethical conduct in dealings with employees, clients, and competitors.

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How to Choose a Staffing Agency

Whether you want a temporary job or permanent position, working for a staffing agency is a great career move. Agencies match millions of people to millions of jobs. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing a staffing agency to work for.

Decide What Kind of Employment You Want

Are you looking for a temporary or permanent job? The staffing and recruiting industry offers three main types of job placements:

  • Temporary or contract: You work for a staffing agency and are assigned to clients on an interim basis.
  • Temporary-to-permanent or temporary-to-hire: You work for a staffing agency client on a trial basis to determine if the position is a good fit for your skills, interests, and career goals. If so, the assignment may transition to a permanent position.
  • Direct hire or permanent: You are recruited by the staffing agency for a permanent position with its client.

You can work in virtually any occupation. Today’s temporary and contract employees include truck drivers, accountants, software engineers, nurses, call center operators, graphic designers, machinists, sales professionals, programmers, and much more.

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Pick the Agency That’s Right For You

Just as a staffing agency wants to find talented employees, you want a staffing agency that will suit your needs. Follow these tips to find the right fit for you.

  1. Determine your skills. Make a list of your skills, talents, knowledge, and education. Think about your values, interests, aptitude, personality, and desired lifestyle. These are the all-important first steps in charting your career path. If you don’t have a résumé, write one now, or review and update the one you already have; follow these tips.
  2. Learn all you can about the jobs that interest you. Pay attention to educational requirements, salaries, working conditions, upward mobility, and future outlook.
  3. Check out the staffing agency you picked. Ask your friends, neighbors, relatives, and business acquaintances what they know about any agency you’re considering. Visit their websites. Look for the “Member of American Staffing Association” logo; if you can’t find it, move that company further down on your list. The site should give you a good idea of the kinds of jobs the agency offers. Most also let you apply online.
  4. Pay attention to how you are treated. Were you greeted politely on the phone? What was the atmosphere in the office when you visited? Tell the staffing agency what you want. Let its recruiters know what type of work you want, where you want to work, and your ideal schedule.
  5. Be persistent and patient. Sometimes a staffing agency will have an assignment waiting for someone like you. Sometimes it takes a while to find a client that needs your skills—or it takes the client a while to respond. Check in with any agency you’ve contacted at least once a week to remind them of your interest and demonstrate your eagerness.

America’s staffing agencies match millions of people to millions of jobs, every day. There’s one that’s right for you—go get it!