Five Misleading Myths About Getting a Job Through a Staffing Company

Recent college grads are often unsure exactly what they want to do for a living. However, most will say they “want to do something interesting,” “they don’t want to be pigeonholed,” and they certainly “don’t want to register with a staffing company.” If you fall into this category, it’s time to re-think your post-college employment strategy.

Staffing companies offer candidates, from administrative assistants to CEOs, the opportunity to gain access to companies in one or two ways: on a temporary or temporary-to-hire basis.

These assignments can last anywhere from one day to six months or longer. They can also be full-time positions. According to the American Staffing Association, more than 90 percent of companies in the U.S. use staffing firms, and 40 percent of employees looking for their first job (or those reentering the job market) have done so by working with a staffing company.

Five Misleading Myths About Getting A Job Through a Staffing Company

Myth #1: I only want a “real” job, not a temporary job.

Reality: The jobs available through staffing companies are “real” jobs at companies like Amazon, Continental Airlines, Freddie Mac, Hearst Publications, Microsoft, PG &E, RBC Dain Rauscher, Suntron, Sony, Starbucks, and Visa. These companies are budgeted to hire a set number of full-time employees on an annual basis. Included in these budgets are funds earmarked to hire temporary staff to handle the ebb and flow of business.

When the time comes for the company to post the temporary position as a full-time position, you’ll be perfectly positioned to interview for the full-time job.