If you’ve never worked with a staffing or recruiting agency before, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the variety of services and work placements, as well as the jargon many recruiters and agencies use. Although you don’t need to be an expert, there are a few things you should know to help differentiate between agencies and find someone who will serve your individual needs. Often overlooked, an agency’s culture plays a huge role in your experience as an employee. If you can find a good match, you might stay with them longer than you would think! (some of our employees have been with Cinder for more than 5 years, so it can really pay off to find the right fit.)
What to know:
Remember that with temp and temp-to-hire positions, although you are assigned to work for other companies, ultimately the agency will be your employer. Agencies have their own culture and employee support models. Find out more about their company culture! Look at their website, check out sites like Glassdoor for reviews, and don’t be afraid to ask around! People you know may have worked for agencies and may be able to make recommendations.
What to ask:
- Do they provide any fun activities you can join?
- Do they give recognition awards?
- What community involvement opportunities do they offer?
*This content was originally written as a guest post on Mac’s list, available here.