Happy Tuesday! Yesterday we examined the advantages of working with a staffing agency, now we will look at the disadvantages.
Disadvantages of working with a Staffing Company:
1) Benefits - Most staffing companies do not offer benefits to their employees. However, over the last few years many staffing agencies have started to offer limited benefits to employees that have been working with them for an extended amount of time. If this is important to you, make sure and ask the agency about their benefit policy.
2) How they get paid - You are not their client! They are paid by the companies when they place candidates in temporary positions. This means that the staffing agency's number one priority is making the client (company) happy, not you.
3) Open positions - Many times the staffing agency will bring jobs to your attention for which you may be overqualified. If you turn down several jobs that they speak with you about, they may stop calling you.
4) Applying on-line - Have you noticed that even in a bad economy when you look on-line that certain staffing companies have a laundry list of jobs available? What they do not want you to know is that those positions do not really exist. Staffing agencies are always looking to increase their inventory, which are the candidates they can place. Even when times are tough, they continue to post the same jobs they had several months back in anticipation that these positions will be open again soon. When applying on-line, beware that you may be applying for a position that is not open. My suggestion would be to call the temporary agency directly and find out what positions they have open and then go into their office for an interview instead of applying through a job board.
5) You are treated as a "temp" - Once you are on assignment, you must understand that you are not an employee of that company. You will be paid by the staffing agency. The manager at the company you are working with has an obligation to their employees, not you. If layoffs occur, you could be one of the first to go. This is not true in all circumstances, but it is in most.
Working temporary certainly has a downside. Later this week I will discuss how you can make a staffing agency work for you.
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