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Samantha Greenfield

The World of staffing agencies explained yomorrow!

I am really excited about the guest speaker I have lined up for today's Job Club. I have invited a representative from Manpower to come discuss how the staffing & temp agencies have evolved over the years. Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 7 @ 8:30 a.m. - It's free!) for an educational overview on what staffing agencies do and how to get the best job placement results.

What is a staffing agency?

A staffing agency or job placement organization matches employers to employees typically in a specific industry. For example, some agencies are known for providing production workers for manufacturing or quality accounting, clerical personnel for various types of office work. In still other cases, the staffing agency may direct their energies toward providing corporate clients with executive and managerial personnel. Placements can be either short term or long term.

What is a Recruiting Firm (aka Head Hunter)

A boiled down description of a recruiting firm:

A recruiting firm is typically on corporate retainer and will recruit highly qualified individuals when their client has an opening. Recruiters are compensated when they find (or recruit) a qualified candidate and the company (the recruiter's client) hires the individual. The recruiter will be paid a percentage of the hired individuals salary. Recruiting firms typically are utilized in white collar professions while staffing agencies tend to be geared more toward blue-collar work.

Why would a large company utilize a staffing agency?

Staffing agencies can be advantageous for several reasons. First, temporary help through a staffing agency does not require going through the hiring process. The company does not have to set up tax forms, withhold taxes or extend any benefits to the temporary worker. All that is done through the staffing agency. This simplifies the process a great deal for the company. While it is true that the company may pay a slightly higher rate per hour for the agency temp, the overall cost remains much lower than bringing on an employee for a short time.

With the economy still on shaky ground, you can see why a company may not want to bring on a full staff or production line if the contracts they have in the pipeline are not ongoing. There are quite a few staffing agencies in our area. You may want to check out Augmentation, Aerotek, Lifestyle Staffing, Manpower or Kelly Services, just to name a few.

Workshop schedule for Dec 6-10, 2010:

Tuesday, Dec 7 @ 8:30 a.m. - Networking Job Club
Tuesday, Dec 7 @ 9:30 a.m. - Mastering the Electronic Job Search
Thursday, Dec 9 @ 1:30 p.m. - Marketing Yourself in a Highly Competitive Job Market

Please send your questions or comments!

Sincerely -


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