“A staffing agency charges me for their services.”
FALSE — a recruiter’s services should not cost the candidate anything. A corporate recruiter is part of the company’s HR department. A staffing company makes their money from their client companies, not from their candidates.
“A Temp job is a dead-end when compared to a permanent job.”
FALSE — All work experience is valuable experience! Temp jobs can be a great way to rapidly build work experience, especially if the job gets you experience that you haven’t gotten elsewhere. Keep an open mind, and develop parallel plans just in case things don’t go as expected.
Temp only means the job has an expected end date. The end date may be flexible, or there might not even be an end date, depending on circumstances. There are lots of stories about people who took a Temp job, and found themselves staying in the career for decades!
Your recruiter should be able to answer your questions about terms of employment and expected end dates. It’s okay to ask about the end date, but also keep in mind that circumstances can change.
“I should work with as many recruiters as I can find.”
FALSE – You only need one recruiter contact per company, or staffing company, since companies share information internally.
When working with staffing recruiters, it is critical to make sure that your resume isn’t being submitted to the same job by different recruiters. This is called a double submittal – it’s common practice to disqualify or reject a resume that appears multiple times from different sources. The recruiter doesn’t know what jobs you’ve applied to, other than what they’ve shown you — it’s important that you do the tracking to make sure this doesn’t happen.
A good rule of thumb is to have at most 2-3 staffing recruiters working with you. Pay attention to each recruiter’s strengths and weaknesses so as to not overlap too much. This will ensure a good job search process both for you and the recruiter(s) you are working with.
“The recruiter does everything for me – I just need to sit back and wait for them to find me a job.”
FALSE – a recruiter’s job for the candidate is to add to the job search process, but the recruiter will not do everything for you. You still need to review the job description. You will need to present your personal brand to the recruiter so they understand you. You will need to research the company and prepare for the interview. Ultimately, you are the one who has to get the job!