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Why Work for a Staffing Agency?

The best reason to work for a staffing agency is the reliable connection to the work you need and want. The staffing and recruiting industry is always hiring. But there are a host of other reasons why staffing can be a great choice for you.
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Administrative assistants, lawyers, chief financial officers, and construction workers—all have found jobs in the staffing industry. America's staffing agencies have jobs in virtually all occupations, including ones you’ve probably never thought of, such as pilots, biotechnologists, teachers, videographers, and dentists.

Get Noticed by Companies That Are Hiring

Looking for work is not easy and can be a drain of time and energy. Staffing agencies help job seekers get noticed and land positions that match their qualifications at companies that are hiring. Agencies have access to positions that otherwise may have not been posted—and can get résumés in front of the right people.

Staffing agencies help job seekers get noticed.
Looking for jobs is an impersonal process. Staffing agencies work one-on-one with job seekers to ensure they are considered for positions that match their skill sets and needs. Many agencies make support services available to candidates, like résumé revisions and interview prep workshops.

Staffing agencies are partners to job seekers and are interested in the success of their individual temporary and contract employees.

Staffing agencies work one-on-one with job seekers.

Working for a staffing firm also allows you to experience a variety of industries, companies, and jobs—without a long-term commitment.

Opportunity Awaits!

Look for an ASA Member

ASA members pledge to adhere to a code of ethics and best practices—most of which deal with employee relations. Moreover, because ASA promotes legal, ethical, and professional practices for the staffing industry, its members are kept abreast of the latest developments in labor and employment laws and human resource best practices. One of the principal missions of the association is to encourage high standards of ethical conduct in dealings with employees, clients, and competitors.

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What to Expect as a Staffing Employee:

Types of Work

Be sure to ask about what benefits are offered when you interview.
Virtually every occupation has a place in today's staffing workforce, including:

  • Office–Clerical and Administrative: Secretaries, general office clerks, receptionists, administrative assistants, word processing and data entry operators, cashiers, etc.
  • Industrial: Food handlers, cleaners, assemblers, drivers, tradesmen, machine operators, maintenance workers, etc.
  • Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific: Engineers, scientists, laboratory technicians, architects, draftsmen, technical writers and illustrators, and computer programmers and designers, etc.
  • Health Care: Physicians, dentists, nurses, hygienists, medical technicians, therapists, home health aides, custodial care workers, etc.
  • Professional–Managerial: Accountants, bookkeepers, attorneys, paralegals, middle and senior managers, advertising and marketing executives, etc.

Many staffing agencies specialize in one or several skill sectors. When you’re exploring agencies, plan to contact those that serve your occupational niche and request specific assignments for the kind of work that interests you most.


There's always another opportunity awaiting you in the staffing industry.
Assignments are made depending on the ratio of candidates to jobs, and the skills and experience of available employees. Most staffing agencies cannot guarantee your work schedule or that you’ll always get an assignment in your field. However, they can help job seekers get noticed by the right people at companies that are hiring. When you contact an agency about possible employment, be sure to ask for a realistic assessment of what to expect.

Pay and Benefits

Like any job, staffing employee salaries depend on skills, location, and experience. A paralegal with two years of experience in St. Louis is unlikely to command as high a salary as someone with 10 years of experience in New York City. However, staffing firms offer competitive wages and benefits to attract the best talent—some staffing employees make more than their permanent counterparts.

Staffing agencies offer a wide variety of benefits. Be sure to ask about what benefits are offered when you interview with a staffing agency.

Other Expectations

Temporary and contract employees need to be punctual, reliable, and courteous—you’re meeting a lot of new people and making a lot of first impressions. You have to come into a work environment and hit the ground running. It can be challenging to get up-to-speed quickly on unfamiliar material, work styles, and office procedures, but you will learn a lot from these experiences.

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