Here is the breakdown on employment agencies. Pick the one that’s right for you.
Employer Paid Agency
Companies often hire employment agencies to do their preliminary screening. The company pays the agency to advertise for positions and do the preliminary interviews. It is a great idea to sign up with as many of these agencies as possible. Some of these agencies specialize in certain types of employment. For example, some agencies will hire only clerical staff while other agencies handle only technical types of jobs such as IT. There are other agencies that handle the gamut of jobs. Look for an agency that suits your needs, submit your resume and application with the agency and see what happens. It’s a good idea to touch bases with the agency from time to time to let them know you are still available. Remember, you pay nothing, even if you get the job. The employer foots the bill for this service either contingent on the hire of the candidate or on a retainer.
Employee Paid Agency
This type of agency is paid by the job seeker. Typically these types of agencies are typically for low-mid level paying jobs. Most agencies will not require the candidate to pay the agency until they land the job and some will break your fee in payments from your first three paychecks. Try using the first type (Employer paid) agency first before resorting to an agency that you will have to pay.
Executive Head Hunters/Recruiters
These types of agencies are paid by the employer and only search out candidates that are in a higher level of employment class such as Controllers, CEOs, lawyers, physicians, etc.
Temporary Employment Agencies
These agencies hire employees to fill positions on a temporary basis. Some jobs last only a few days, while some will last several months. Sometimes, the job becomes permanent if the employer is happy with your work and they have a position to fill. If you work for a temporary agency you are paid directly by the agency and not the employer. Temp agencies are a great way to get experience and references in your permanent job search!
LIST OF TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES NATIONWIDE
Locations: 360 worldwide
Specialties: financial, accounting, credit and collections
Web site: www.accountemps.com
Locations: 150 worldwide
Specialties: engineering, aviation, scientific and architecture
Web site: www.aerotek.com
Locations: 64 nationwide
Specialties: construction and skilled trades
Web site: www.clp.com
Locations: 2,000 nationwide
Specialties: professional services, law, health care, technical and administrative
Web site: www.kellyservices.com
Locations: 600 nationwide
Specialty: general day labor
Web site: www.laborready.com
Locations: 4,200 worldwide
Specialties: professional services, technical, finance, engineering and administrative
Web site: www.manpower.com
Locations: serves clients nationwide from headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga.
Specialties: sales and marketing
Web site: www.marketsource.com
Locations: 13 worldwide
Specialty: automotive business solutions
Web site: www.msxi.com
Locations: 79 worldwide
Specialties: health care, travel nursing and engineering
Web site: www.onassignment.com
Locations: 62 nationwide
Specialties: logistics and warehousing
Web site: www.prologistix.com
Locations: 90 worldwide
Specialty: information technology
Web site: www.teksystems.com
Locations: 31 nationwide
Specialty: commercial truck drivers
Web site: www.transforce.com