Why Work With a Search or Staffing Firm?

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Karla Keegan

As professionals in the staffing industry, we field a lot of inquiries from individuals seeking employment and from companies who are looking to meet their staffing needs. As such, I’ve taken this opportunity to provide answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How do you know it is right for you to go to an employment agency?

For many reasons! A recent graduate may want to test drive jobs in different industries before settling on a career path. A mom re-entering the workforce might start with a temporary assignment to maintain a flexible schedule. Someone who is unemployed may use a temporary job as a way to maintain an income flow while looking for permanent work. Others find permanent positions through their temporary assignments. And, some people simple prefer temporary work because it fits their lifestyle better than a permanent job. However, at Manpower we offer temporary, temp to hire and Direct Hire opportunities. The majority of our positions are Temp to Hire!

How do you pick the right one?

As the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, for over 60 years, we’ve helped job seekers everywhere find opportunities that fit their skills, interests and goals, delivering better results for our client companies. Come speak with us as we understand what its like to look for work. And part of our mission is to make the experience easier and more comfortable for you. We’ll work with you to identify your strengths, prepare you for your job search and use our connections to promote your skills.  We are all about connecting people as we love what we do!

Once you have decided on an agency, what should you do? What steps should you take?

Apply at www.manpowerjobs.com. Call our office at (402) 397-5455 and speak with our Staffing Supervisors right away. We will set you up for an internal interview. We can help you make your best impression on paper and in person to help increase your chances of success.

What should you expect and not expect from an agency?

Manpower recruiters are always paid by the employers, not the job candidates. At Manpower you will receive career advice, plus practical job search tips and tools to help you get that job you’re after. We want to help you keep your best foot forward once you start. We will speak with you about your resume, prep with interview questions, determine references, speak with you after the client interview, and discuss social media regarding skills sets and perceptions.

Once with an agency, should you continue looking for a job on your own as well?

We always say not to put all your eggs in one basket; however we encourage our candidates to be aware of their attendance, performance, compatibility and how they feel they could acclimate to their new perspective job environment.

What are the benefits and drawbacks to working with an agency?

88% of temporary employees say that temporary or contract work made them more employable. 40% of Manpower North America’s temporary assignment leads to permanent opportunities. Manpower offers automated payroll, benefits, training modules and online courses to increase skills, career guidance, full background check and drug screens that parallel the clients procedures, resources to help with everything from updating resumes and practice interviewing to determine the next steps in one’s career.  With job openings at the highest level since 2000 and continued steady increases in hiring, people feel more confident changing employers and career paths. We have also implemented a program called My Path. It is a collection of resource tools build to give associates a chance to obtain better and new opportunities in the future such as Free College Tuition Coverage Program, Power You and Assessment Tools.

Manpower (www.manpowerjobs.comhas been a leader in the search and staffing industry since 1948. The Omaha office is located at 707 N. 98th Street.

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