What is a Temp Agency?
A temporary or "temp" agency (also referred to as a staffing agency) is a business dedicated to placing job seekers into short-term and long-term contract positions with an array of different companies and industries. Typically, companies seek out staffing agencies to fill their open contract and temporary jobs due to ease, speed, and expertise.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A TEMP AGENCY?
Ever wonder where your application goes when you submit it to a job board? Likely, it goes into a massive database full of other requests just like yours. Discouraging, right? The benefit of using a temp agency like Team Tobias Staffing is that we get your resume directly in front of a hiring manager. You skip databases and resume piles instead of getting timely feedback regarding your application, which doesn't always happen when applying on your own.
Working with a staffing agency means you have an advocate, someone to help you with the leg work. We place you in front of managers at sought-after employers and help you succeed. Recruiters will often work with you on refining your resume and coaching your interview style. Here at Team Tobias Staffing, we go above & beyond by communicating with you every step of the way, and we always have your best interests at heart.
DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR A TEMP AGENCY TO FIND ME A JOB?
At Team Tobias Staffing, job seekers never have to pay us to find employment; in fact, most staffing and temp agencies work similarly. When Team Tobias Staffing places a contractor, we bill the company directly based on the number of hours our contractor operates.
So here's how a Staffing Agency works.
A staffing agency seeks interviews and places job seekers into full-time, short-term, and direct hire job openings with companies. Whether you seek your first job in a corporate setting or seek a temporary opportunity to beef up your resume, agencies can be a valuable resource in a job hunt.
WHAT DOES A STAFFING AGENCY'S RECRUITING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
Though we can't speak for every staffing agency out there, this is typically what you can expect from most employment agencies, especially here at Team Tobias Staffing.
After submitting your resume – whether for a current opening or just a general resume submission – a recruiter will review your information. They will determine if you are a good fit based on areas of job placement expertise. In Team Tobias Staffing's case, our focus areas are Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, Las Vegas, NV, Atlanta, GA, Toronto, ON regions, including but not limited to Manufacturing, Administrative, Warehousing, Finance, General Labor, and Hospitality.
If they would be an excellent resource for your job search, you will likely be contacted to schedule an interview with the Recruiter. Your Recruiter will guide you through the interview process, getting to know you, understanding your skill-set, and asking you questions about what you're looking for in your next opportunity – whether contract, full-time or direct placement. If you interview with Team Tobias Staffing, our recruiters will also help you polish your resume and provide immediate feedback – based on everything from professional appearance to answering fundamental questions appropriately.
If your Recruiter happens to have a job opening that you'd be a secure fit for, they will walk you through the job description, seeing if it's something you're comfortable being considered for. Sounds like a match? Your Recruiter will present you and your resume to the hiring manager, offering a few key talking points highlighting you, your applicable skills, and your noteworthy accomplishments.
Once the hiring manager reviews your credentials, they will decide whether to consider you for their position. If they do, you will likely be scheduled for an interview with them. Post-interview, your Recruiter should be in touch to get feedback from both you and the hiring manager. If selected, the employment agency will work out details, including pay rate, necessary paperwork, and start date.
WHAT MAKES TEAM TOBIAS DIFFERENT?
Team Tobias Staffing goes above and beyond to make sure our candidates are prepared and comfortable in each engagement, translating into success on the job. Our Operations Team will be in touch regularly to check your pulse – Are you happy? Is there anything you need to help you be successful? Can we coach you through any tough workplace situations you may face? You will never feel alone when you work with Team Tobias Staffing, as we believe that communication with our contractors is key to their success.
So now, let's prepare you for an interview with a Recruiter. Here are five tips:
You've landed an interview with a Recruiter; now what? Job seekers sometimes feel anxious before meeting with a staffing firm because they aren't always applying for a specific job at a particular company. This type of open-ended meeting might make it seem harder to prepare and leave you asking, "What should I bring?" or "What do I wear?" Here are a few tips to guide you as you prepare for your interview with a Recruiter.
Dress the way you would for a real job interview when you meet with a Recruiter
You want the interview with your Recruiter to leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons, so dress to impress. If your industry requires you to wear a suit and tie to work, wear a suit and tie when you meet the Recruiter. This will be an opportunity for the Recruiter to see what you define as "professional" attire so that he or she will know how you will present yourself at an interview with the client.
Be honest with yourself so that you can be honest with your Recruiter.
The purpose of meeting with a Recruiter is so that he or she can get to know you beyond the bullets on your resume. If you speak candidly during the meeting about concrete goals and passions, there will be less room for misinterpretation. Your Recruiter's job is to gather the information you share, the details on your resume, and the feedback from your references to represent you to his/her clients.
Preparing for your interview by considering the following will help your Recruiter make the right match:
– Consider the various aspects of taking a job: salary, benefits, location, title, culture – what are your priorities, and where can you be flexible? Don't be too flexible! This is the opportunity to tell your Recruiter what will genuinely make you happy and give them a target to work towards.
– In regards to company culture, be sure to not only talk about your ideal scenario but be clear about working environments that have not benefited you in the past.
What is temp to perm?
Many firms work on a range of job types, including temp, contract, temp to hire, and direct hire. Your Recruiter might ask if you're open to various job types, and understanding what each means will allow you to provide an educated answer. Research the benefits of temp to hire. An added perk of being open to varying job types is that you may meet more than one Recruiter at the firm. Who wouldn't want to have several matchmakers in their corner?
Bring a printed copy of your resume when you meet with a Recruiter.
It sounds simple and straightforward because it is. This is one of the easiest ways to score points with your new Recruiter.
Help your Recruiter help you.
This next tip doesn't qualify as "prep," but more "follow-up." After your meeting, the goal is that your Recruiter will send you open jobs. When they do, you have to hold up your end of the bargain. Don't say "yes" to taking the next steps before researching the company and the role so that you can be thoughtful when deciding whether to pursue it. Remember, not every opportunity your Recruiter presents will be the perfect fit, and that's OK! When you find "the one," all your efforts will be worth it.
WANT TO MAKE THE LEAP FROM "CANDIDATE" TO "EMPLOYEE"?
We can help you do it. Team Tobias Staffing specializes in the temporary, temp-to-perm, and permanent placement of companies in many different industries in Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, Las Vegas, NV, and it's surroundings.