Dec 2, 2011
There are three types of employment agencies you may encounter during your job search. Each has the same goal, to fit the right people with the right jobs; however the difference is the type and term of jobs being matched with individual candidates. The job recruitment agencies are generally hired by companies seeking qualified staff to fit the needs of their company.
It is the hiring companies who employ the job recruitment agencies. Some of the different placement services are: temporary employment office, permanent employment agency and contract services firms.
Temporary Employment Agency
A temporary job agency is also called temp services. Companies hire temp agencies to fill in short term positions. Many companies need temporary clerical, accounting and support workers. Temp agencies are not a fix to your unemployment issue; however there are benefits to seeking employment through a temp agency:
* Building your resume with more experience
* Good for students between breaks
* Flexible scheduling to continue seeking permanent employment
* Supplementing income between finding a permanent job
* Potential business leads that end up permanent
Permanent Employment Agency
Permanent employment offices are hired to find qualified candidates to fit the needs of the company. Companies expect the job recruiting agency to find the perfect candidate with the right experience and education that will match the goals of the company. These positions are not temporary, but are considered career matches. Many times permanent employment agencies cater to specific industries, rather than general positions. This business model is great for both the company seeking employees and for those seeking employment for many reasons:
* More qualified candidates for the company to choose from
* More employment availability for those seeking employment in specific areas
* Higher retention rate for companies, which leads to longer lasting jobs for people
Contract Service Firms
Contract service firms generally are specialized also. They match up the needs of the company that hires them to contractors that are available that match the needs of the company. Many times contract service firms are called head hunters.
The terms of employment are designated within each individual contract. Generally the contracts run from a month up to and sometimes exceeding a year, or sometimes if you are lucky, up to two to three years, depending on the clause of the contract signed.
Knowing and understanding the differences in a job recruitment agency will save you time when seeking employment. Now you are aware of what type of employment office can help you match up with the right employer.
By Charles Havisham