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Utilizing Free Resources

  1. 1. Utilizing Free Resources to Find My Next Job Your Guide to Working with a Staffing Agency Presented By Giannoula Sarris STERIS On-Site Workforce Manager Staffing Solutions/ StaffMatrix Division
  2. 2. What are my free resources? <ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Career Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Informational Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing Agencies </li></ul>
  3. 3. Internet <ul><li>Search Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careerbuilder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careerboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo Hot Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleveland.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ohio.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizations’ Websites (i.e. neoastd.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resume Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careerbuilder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careerboard </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Newspapers <ul><li>Cleveland Plain Dealer </li></ul><ul><li>Akron Beacon Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Sun Messenger </li></ul><ul><li>News Herald </li></ul>
  5. 5. Career Fairs <ul><li>Community (i.e. Job and Family Services) </li></ul><ul><li>College </li></ul><ul><li>Monster, Careerbuilder & Careerboard </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Special Interest Groups (i.e. Veterans) </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers (i.e. Plain Dealer/cleveland.com) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Network, Network, Network <ul><li>Networking Sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Former Co-workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends, family & neighbors </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Informational Interviews <ul><li>Identify companies of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Research who is involved in the hiring process (i.e. Recruiters, HR, Hiring Managers) </li></ul><ul><li>Contact to request meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for Informational Interviews: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Treat as regular interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress Professionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring copy of cover letter and resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Come prepared with questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for business card at conclusion of meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send thank you </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Working with a Staffing Agency <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Options </li></ul><ul><li>Where to Start </li></ul>
  9. 9. Benefits <ul><li>Hundreds of Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Unpublished job openings (i.e. companies conduct confidential job searches) </li></ul><ul><li>Experts on current job market, companies & trends </li></ul><ul><li>Market your experience (i.e. “Star Talent”) </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing & Negotiation (i.e. resume & interview tips; knowledge of company and hiring managers) </li></ul><ul><li>Others are conducting a job search for you!!! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Options <ul><li>Contract/ Temporary </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary-to-Hire </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Placement </li></ul>
  11. 11. Contract/ Temporary <ul><li>Income while searching </li></ul><ul><li>Test-drive a potential employer </li></ul><ul><li>Test-drive a new career </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain/ develop skills </li></ul><ul><li>Build resume/ experience </li></ul><ul><li>“Paid Interview” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Temporary-to-Hire <ul><li>Opportunity to test drive both company and position </li></ul><ul><li>“Foot in the door” </li></ul><ul><li>“Paid Interview” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Direct Placement <ul><li>Immediately become an employee </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to Start <ul><li>Choose a staffing company that fits your objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate between “good” and “bad” companies </li></ul>
  15. 15. Choose a Staffing Agency that Fits Your Objectives <ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Research their processes </li></ul><ul><li>Know the types of positions they staff </li></ul><ul><li>Inquire about their clients </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ask Questions <ul><li>Where located? </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage area- local, regional, or national? </li></ul><ul><li>How long has company been in business? </li></ul><ul><li>What services do you offer? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you help me? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you recruit for candidates? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you communicate with your employees? </li></ul><ul><li>What is my part? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your employment requirements? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you offer benefits? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you market your candidates? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you do skills testing? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you conduct site visits with your new clients? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Research Their Processes <ul><li>Getting set-up with the company </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment/ Interview Process </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback Process </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Employment Screening Process </li></ul>
  18. 18. Know the Types of Positions They Staff <ul><li>Areas of Specialization </li></ul><ul><li>Level of positions </li></ul><ul><li>Visit website for current job openings </li></ul>
  19. 19. Inquire About Their Clients <ul><li>Who are their major clients </li></ul><ul><li>Where are their clients located </li></ul><ul><li>Number of clients </li></ul>
  20. 20. Differentiating Between “Good” & Bad Staffing Agencies <ul><li>Warning Signs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fee required to join </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Required to sign contract committing to a specific duration or completion of an assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fee for not completing an assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not conduct site visits at new clients’ facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send employees to unsafe jobs or sanitary work environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not conduct pre-employment screenings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not provide follow-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disregard for your areas of interest, job-level, compensation requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not adhere to federal and state employment laws </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Staffing Agency Myths Dispelled <ul><li>Myth #1: “Staffing agencies don’t offer real jobs.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reality: The jobs available through staffing agencies are real jobs at companies like: Amazon, Continental Airlines, Microsoft, Sony, Visa, STERIS Corporation, BenVenue Laboratories, & Avery Dennison. </li></ul>“ Five Misleading Myths About Getting a Job Through a Staffing Company” by Cheryl Ferguson
  22. 22. Staffing Agency Myths Dispelled <ul><li>Myth #2: “The jobs available through staffing agencies are low paying jobs.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reality: Candidates are placed on assignments/positions that match their experience. The pay for these positions is dependent upon the level of experience and education required, the required skill set, and the job responsibilities. In most cases, temporary and temp-to-hire employees are paid according to the standard pay structure of the company they are being placed at. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Staffing Agency Myths Dispelled <ul><li>Myth #3: “Staffing agencies only work with entry-level, administrative candidates.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reality: Staffing agencies place professional, managerial, and technical candidates. Staffing agencies place positions ranging from light-industrial, admin and entry-level up to executives. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Staffing Agency Myths Dispelled <ul><li>Myth #4: “Staffing agencies offer only short-term assignments.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reality: Staffing agencies offer temporary, temp-to-hire and direct opportunities. Temporary positions can last anywhere from 1 day, to multiple weeks, to several months. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Staffing Agency Myths Dispelled <ul><li>Myth #5: “Staffing agencies don’t offer benefits.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reality: The benefits offered among staffing agencies include health insurance, 401k, paid vacation time, paid holidays, direct deposit, employee referral programs, employee discounts, etc. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Questions/ Comments <ul><li>Giannoula Sarris </li></ul><ul><li>STERIS On-Site Workforce Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing Solutions/ StaffMatrix Division </li></ul><ul><li>(P): 440-392-7406 </li></ul><ul><li>(E): [email_address] </li></ul>

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