10 Staffing Agency Myths

10 staffing agency myths

Myths about staffing agencies have been around as long as there have been staffing agencies! Staffing agencies have been around just as long as someone was looking for a job and someone else was looking to hire. These companies are private agencies, not related to unemployment or government agencies, and provide job offers, including short-term, long-term, and permanent positions to job seekers.

Staffing Myth #1: All Jobs Are Temporary or Part-Time

Staffing agencies hire for a range of positions, including temporary, temporary-to-permanent, and directly hired on as a permanent member of staff. If you’re looking for a permanent, full-time job, you shouldn’t discredit staffing agencies.


Staffing Myth #2: Staffing Agencies Only Have Manual or Administrative Jobs

Not even close! Staffing agencies fill a wide variety of roles, for a wide number of different industries. We fill roles for seasoned and senior professionals, as well as for new job seekers. We have positions for people making career changes, for people going back to work after time off, and for people looking to advance their careers by climbing the corporate ladder. There’s openings for everything, from scientists to engineers, from designers to nurses, and so much more!


Staffing Myth #3: You Pay A Fee

We don’t know how this nasty rumor got started, but no staffing agency is going to do that. Headhunters ask for a fee, but not staffing agencies! Long before anyone even applies to a job ad, the staffing agency and the client company have already worked out how much the company will pay the staffing agency – before anyone is interviewed. The pay rates for an applicant have to be competitive!


Staffing Myth #4: Staffing Agencies Work for the Candidate/Employee

You’re thinking of headhunters, not staffing agencies. Headhunters often work on a contingency basis, meaning that they only get paid if they are able to find an acceptable employee for a company or organization. Headhunters can be paid either by companies looking for employees OR a job-seeker looking for a job, so your headhunter might ask for a placement fee when they find you a job.

Recruiters at staffing agencies are responsible for filling positions. They are paid by the company with the job opening only when it’s filled, not before. They have to find the most qualified candidate, talk to them, discuss the position, and see if that person is interested in the position. They’re on a mission to fill that job opening, not place one specific person somewhere. They are paid by the company or multiple companies that they recruit for, not by any candidates or employees. Recruiters find the candidate that the company is looking for, not someone who likes talking to recruiters. You can’t hire a recruiter to find you a job. 


Staffing Myth #5: The Pay is Lower Than If I Applied Directly

The pay is always competitive or higher than the industry standard, since recruiting and hiring for a position requires at least fitting market value. Otherwise, who would apply at a staffing agency in the first place? The pay is already determined based on the local job market, long before anyone applies!

Staffing Myth #6: Companies Don’t Need Staffing Agencies

Some don’t. If companies have zero turn-over, never expands, and no one ever goes on maternity/paternity leave, then that place never needs a staffing agency. (Of course working at a place that never expands doesn’t sound like a great idea.) Most companies need to expand and change their staff from time to time due to the fact that industries are ever-changing. Plenty of solid and stable companies need to use staffing agencies for excellent reasons. Some reasons why a company might need a staffing agency include: hiring for a permanent position (but want to see if the new hire is a good fit), filling in for a maternity/paternity leave, or taking on a project that requires more help.


Staffing Myth #7: Companies Will Find The Exact Same People As A Staffing Agency

This sounds logical until you remember that companies have to run their own company, as well. They have things to do besides recruit the top talent, and none of their people are in front of a computer running Boolean searches all day. At a staffing agency, that’s exactly what happens, all day, every day, with a dedicated team of recruiters working to find the best candidates for the opening. That’s what they do!

Staffing Myth #8: Contacting An Agency Is The Only Step Required

Not true! A resume and an interview are still required, but one of the great things about working with a staffing agency is that your recruiter will be constantly on the look out for the best possible position for you. For instance, if your last interview goes terribly wrong, your recruiter is still looking for something else for you! Having someone in your corner is well worth it!

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Staffing Myth #9: Every Candidate Goes For The Same Job, So I Don’t Have A Chance

Recruiters only send in resumes to jobs and companies where they know that the candidate is a fit. Recruiters have been staffing companies for years, so they can help anyone looking for work to match not just the job description, but also the culture. This is the crucial information that can help you find and stay at a career that you love more than anything else, instead of just showing up for a paycheck. That bit of difference can change your entire sense of what it means to work somewhere!

Staffing Myth #10: Great Agencies Don’t Work In My Area

Don’t be so sure about that! We’ve been working and expanding since 1984, so don’t discount your area yet! Check out our list of nationwide openings here: https://jobs.nesc.com/ and find out if we have openings in your area!