Why Job Seekers Should Use A Recruiting Agency
By Mike Bowman  

Are you having trouble finding a new job? You are not alone. There are a lot of reasons why it is so tough to find a new job. One reason some find job hunting difficult is because they do not know how. How do you navigate all the websites? What do you write on your resume? Who should you be talking to for help? Are you even finding all the available positions? Some recruiters claim that nearly 80% of open job positions are filled without any advertising. How do you find those jobs?

Why use a recruiting or temporary work agency.
Chuck Devine is an account executive for Aerotek Staffing Agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and recently shared some of his industry insight for those looking for work. Aerotek connects job hunters with employers from many different industries who have temporary staffing needs, but often these positions become full-time, regular positions with the employee transitioning from Aerotek to a permanent position with the employer. Devine explained why recruiting agencies are another great option in a job seeker's toolbox.

As with other recruiting firms, employers approach Aerotek for help in finding employees because they may not have the time or resources to properly search for job candidates themselves. Job seekers approach temporary agencies because they have a large pool of employers who are ready to hire. In August 2011 there were 2.4 million jobs started through temporary agencies, up 149,000 from the same time in 2010. In fact, Aerotek is always actively seeking people to fill 100s of jobs.

Using a temporary agency gives you the convenience of finding many employers in one place, having professionals do the work of matching you up with appropriate jobs, and it gets you into a company you may not have otherwise known about.

Watch your behavior.
Of course, says Devine, a recruiting agency is going to have many resources available to you in order to find you meaningful work, however, you still have to demonstrate all the traits employers are looking for. When an employer hasn't met you before, they are going to be watching your behaviors for cues on what to expect from you in the future.

Devine gave examples such as showing up to an interview on time, interacting and speaking professionally to the employer, making eye contact, smiling, and remembering to turn off your cell phone as basic musts for a successful first impression. What is the one thing employers really want to see? "Employers want to see a good attitude. They want to hear that you are committed to doing an excellent job for them. How you convey that to a hiring manager during your interview is very important", says Devine.

How do you let an employer know you have a good attitude? Show them through your behavior. Show them you value their time by being punctual, be courteous, be prepared with appropriate questions about the company and job, speak professionally, and be respectful toward everyone you meet or interact with during your interview day.

Getting started.
Recruiting and temporary agencies are for everyone, whether you are seeking entry level or professional work. Visit them and talk about your personal situation. Take your resume with you and be prepared to talk to someone about your career goals and your work experience. Ask how they would work with you in finding the right job for you.


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