According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 1,606,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level will graduate this year. Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2014!
Ah, I remember my senior year like it was just yesterday… the celebrations, the libations and, ultimately, the realization that I had to become a fully-functioning, productive member of society. Yikes!
For many graduating seniors, this realization elicits a textbook case of “job seeker anxiety”. Although employers expect to hire approximately 7.8 percent more graduates from the Class of 2014 than they hired from the Class of 2013, the job market is still a competitive one. Graduates need to take advantage of every resource available to them, and one such resource is staffing agencies.
Here are 5 reasons why college seniors should work with a staffing agency:
1) We want to find you your dream job
Our entire profession revolves around connecting job seekers with positions that match their skills, wants and personal requirements. When we work with companies who are hiring, it is our mission to find a good match for both them and the candidate. The end result – a WIN-WIN-WIN!
2) Whatever you want to do, there is a Staffing Firm who specializes in it
The staffing industry has become more and more specialized as organizations have found their niche(s). Whether you want to pursue a career in marketing, engineering, healthcare or software development, there is an agency for you! Do your research to qualify an agency that places people in your field.
3) Good agencies do more than just recruit and sell
If you connect with a reputable agency, you will be able to tap into their expertise in all career-related matters. From resume and cover letter writing, to mock interviews and career advice, staffing agencies can help you out.
4) You can try contract (temporary) job assignments and get real-world experience
For the most part, staffing firms in your field will have temporary or temp-to-perm job openings. Take advantage of these opportunities to get real-world, paid working experience. You may love what you’re doing and get a permanent offer, or you may choose to end the assignment when the contract is up. Think of it as a “try before you buy” situation.
5) Gain a long-term business relationship
By connecting with a staffing agency or a recruiter in your field, you’ll have someone who will go to bat for you today, tomorrow or years down the road. Even if you don’t get your first job through that agency, keep in touch to see what’s happening in the job market. If you want to make a career move in a few years it’s better to have already forged that relationship.
Feel free to check out The DAVIS Companies’ website (www.daviscos.com) and see if we might be of service to you in your job search. We’d love to hear from you!