During the job seeking process, we have always wondered what the best way to find a good, well-paid and full-of-benefits job is.
While we are at it, we will find tons of staffing agencies, thousands of job boards, millions of companies. So, how do I find the right job?
There is no right answer to that question because there are just different ways to get to the same objective, so let’s start by explaining how each of these paths works and that way you can choose the right one for you.
Let’s begin with staffing firms, how they work, and how they can help you find a good job. Staffing agencies are companies that work –really hard– to help corporations find good employees, and help jobseekers find good jobs. They have many recruiters that are calling candidates most of the time, offering jobs and placing people. These companies make money through the candidates’ salaries, that is, they keep a percentage of the salary for themselves. Therefore, when you get hired through a staffing firm, you are actually working for the staffing firm, not for the company you get selected to work for. This is important to take into consideration because whenever a recruiter calls you, they are basically offering you a job in the firm. They are the ones that actually pay you and, if you get fired, the company loses too.
Thus, why would I want to receive a phone call from a recruiter? Well, a staffing firm is like a real estate agent: they have the best deals. Companies usually considerate the candidates from staffing firms first because they already know their salary expectations, they have already been pre-qualified and they –usually– have the best resumes. Therefore, part of the recruitment and selection process is already done.
So, what do I do when I receive a call from a recruiter? Take it! It will not take more than 10 minutes and it could be the job you’ve been looking for, even if you are happy in your current job, you don’t know if you could be happier in a new one.
During the call, they will qualify you according to your experience and skills, do not give out any personal information. However, it is likely you will stand out if you explain in detail your job experience. The recruiter will describe the type of job (contract, contract to hire or direct hire), and negotiate with you. Wait for them to make an offer, and if you think it’s too low, raise it, make a counter offer, it is likely they can offer a bit more. If you are really interested, go ahead and take the next step: ask for what you think you need during the interview, companies will pay what’s right for a perfectly qualified candidate, so don’t waste the opportunity on money issues, but let the recruiter know how much you are willing to accept.