by Kathy Sweeney, NCRW, CPRW, CEIC, CCM
Have you ever considered using a
placement agency or Headhunter only to discover that you have
to "pay" for your job? Fees can be a percentage of your first
year salary or a flat rate. Once you pay these agencies their
fee, they usually don't help you out. The simple reason -
they have your fee in hand.
A temporary agency can be
beneficial if you need work while you are looking for permanent
placement. If you want permanent placement, the company that
contracts with the staffing company usually plans on you having
a more permanent relationship with the employee. The companies
that obtain this service typically are not ones that are having
Second, make sure the firm
is FEE PAID BY THE EMPLOYER! This is very important!
You should never have to pay someone to find you a job.
If an employer doesn't want
to pay to get qualified candidates, it says something about
their commitment level to that employee. When you call or
set up an appointment, be prepared, treat them as if they
are an employer, and above all, make sure your current position
is listed on your resume.
The only tough transition
to be made is if you are considering a career change. It is
very difficult to convince an employer to pay for a person
who has no experience in the field the employer is seeking
a candidate for. Enlisting the help of a resume writing professional
and job search coach can increase your chances of obtaining
a position with the firm.
A transition resume would
be appropriate in this event, listing the skills you have
learned in your previous or current employment position which
relate to the field in which you are seeking employment. Together,
you and your resume writer can discuss your strengths and
value to the potential employer and how to best showcase those
Placement Agencies will
only forward resumes that are outstanding. Their reputation
is on the line and they get paid for sending the best qualified
candidates. Don't make the Placement Agency "guess"
at what your skills are. Have your resume prepared by our
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