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Why Work for a Staffing Company?

The best reason reason to work for a staffing company is the reliable connection to the work you need and want. The staffing industry is almost always hiring. But there are a host of other reasons why a staffing job can be a great choice.

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Staffing Companies Have Jobs To Fill

Administrative assistants, lawyers, chief financial officers, and construction workers—all have found jobs in the staffing industry. America’s staffing companies have jobs in virtually all occupations, including ones you’ve probably never thought of, such as pilots, biotechnologists, teachers, videographers, and dentists.

Businesses of all types and sizes turn to staffing firms for flexibility and access to talent. They know that staffing companies are experts in recruiting and matching employees for temporary, contract, or permanent positions. So when they have job openings, they increasingly go to staffing firms to help meet their workforce needs.

Transition to a Permanent Job

Nearly 90% of temporary and contract employees say that staffing work makes them more employable.
ASA research shows that temporary employment is a bridge to permanent jobs. Staffing employees have many motivations for choosing temporary or contract work. The most common reason, cited by one-half (49%) of the respondents to the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey, is that “It’s a way to get a permanent job.” Nearly 90% of temporary and contract employees also say that staffing work makes them more employable. About half (49%) say working with a staffing firm is a way to get a permanent job. And one-third (34%) of temporary and contract employees were offered permanent positions by a client firm where they had worked on assignment—with two-thirds (66%) of those accepting the offers of employment.

Flexibility: Have a Life!

…with a staffing firm, you can gain exposure to a variety of companies, jobs, and opportunities.
Temporary employment allows you to work when and where you choose. You can work full-time or part-time. Take a summer off. Work just three or four days a week. Fit your schedule around college classes.

Working for a staffing firm also allows you to experience a variety of industries, companies, and careers you might never have thought of trying—without a long-term commitment. You can find an assignment, job setting, or location that suits your current needs. Since businesses always need temporary help, steady work is common.

Choose Your Work

When you’re working with a staffing firm, you can gain exposure to a variety of companies, jobs, and opportunities. Assignments can range from a few hours to a few years. After several assignments, you’ll have a much better idea of the kind of corporate culture, management, and projects you most enjoy.


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What to Expect as a Staffing Employee:

Pay & 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.

Many firms provide paid vacation and holidays, medical and dental coverage, and retirement plans. Many also offer direct deposit of your payroll and pay you a bonus when you recruit a new employee. Be sure to ask about what benefits are offered when you interview with a staffing firm.

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: Manual laborers, 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 companies specialize in one or several skill sectors. When you’re checking out which firms to explore, plan to contact those that serve your occupational niche and request specific assignments for the kind of work that interests you most.

Assignments

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. While some firms retain a pool of employees always at the ready to meet client needs, most staffing companies cannot guarantee your work schedule or that you’ll always get an assignment in your field. When you contact a staffing firm about possible employment, be sure to ask for a realistic assessment of what to expect.

Health Care

Many staffing companies already offer health insurance to their temporary and contract employees, and starting in 2015, employers will have to provide access to coverage in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The American Staffing Association and its members are committed to compliance with the law, and staffing companies will work closely with their temporary and contract employees to ensure they understand their rights, opportunities, and obligations under the ACA.

Tradeoffs

Staffing isn’t for everybody. Many people love the flexibility and variety of work and locations that temporary work provides; others don’t.

Staffing 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 learn a lot from such experiences.

If your assignments involve changing work sites, you may not get very acquainted with co-workers, feel like part of the team, make new friends. Every situation is different. One thing is certain: you get the freedom of flexibility. If you don’t like the job or work environment, you’re not tied down to a permanent job. There’s always another opportunity awaiting you in the staffing industry.

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