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Guest Post By: Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel of Modernize
Entering the job market can be a daunting task under the best of circumstances, but if you have limited job experience or a more specialized resume, this can be even harder. On average, Canadians spend nine years in one position before moving on; so even if your resume is impressive, chances are your job hunting skills are a little rusty. This is where a staffing firm can step in and come to the rescue.
Your Agent, Your Advocate
For all intents and purposes, the staffing firm becomes your agent, an advocate who will work hard to find the perfect placement for you. Any creditable firm will take the time to meet with you to discuss your skill set, your career goals, and the specific job you are applying for. You can think of them as your job therapist, ready to help you get to the root of what you want and assist you in being the best applicant you can be.
When you have your interview with the recruiter, think of it as a rehearsal for when you interview with the company you hope to be a part of. Arrive professionally dressed and bring a clean copy of your resume. Also, be ready to answer interview-style questions about yourself and what you would bring to the position. This experience is a huge perk for you since it will give you confidence in your interview responses and soothe your nerves before heading into the big interview with the company itself.
Plus, when you have a conversation with the staffing firm, you are able to be far more candid than you would be in the actual interview. Since the hiring company is the staffing firm's client, they are supplied with more extensive information about the position than is listed in a job posting. So if you have any reservations, such as potential poor management within the company or salary range, they will have the answers. Get as much information out of your staffing agent as you are able to so you can make a well-informed decision when the job offer is made.
Access to Unlisted Job Postings
As noted on eagleonline.com, the IT industry is more challenging to enter in the current economic climate, but there are definitely still opportunities out there. By choosing to apply through a staffing firm, you also get access to job postings that are not listed publicly. The more you communicate your employment desires to your staffing agent, the higher likelihood of them presenting you with options you didn't even know were possible.
Though you may not be an expert at navigating the hiring world, a staffing firm is. It's their job to know exactly what skills should be highlighted and what personal experiences can get your resume noticed. When it comes down to it, applying through a staffing agency gives you the best chance to get the career you want in the quickest amount of time.
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