If you’re a college student looking for a summer job, time is of the essence. However, finding space in your schedule to job hunt and interview isn’t easy when you’re studying for finals and packing to move back home. It’s especially difficult when you go to school out of state and are trying to find a job in a different region. Enter: the staffing agency.
A staffing agency is an organization that partners with job seekers to find them positions that fit their availability and experience. “Working with a staffing agency can help you maximize your job search potential and minimize the amount of time you spend looking for employment,” says Lisa Benson, president and CEO of Mary Kraft HR, a staffing agency based in Maryland.
Staffing agency recruiters know the local job market and have contacts with employers who are hiring for full-time and part-time temporary positions. “For someone new to the job market, recruiters can provide valuable feedback on your resume and offer tips on how to best leverage your skills during an interview,” says Benson. A staffing agency can assist you in your job search no matter your experience or where you are in your education, and the best news is that, as the job seeker, there is no cost to you.
Most staffing agencies, including Mary Kraft HR, work with all types of companies in a variety of industries as well as educational and healthcare institutions. Temporary jobs range in length from a few days or weeks to several months. When you work with an agency you have the opportunity to experience different industries and work environments. “You build a robust resume while developing the kinds of real-world skills an employer values,” explains Benson. You may also gain insight into a particular career path and make contacts that lay the groundwork for your future career.
The key to working with a staffing agency is to be honest about your availability, the number of hours you want to work and the types of jobs you’re interested in. Remember, if hired, you will become an employee of this agency: dress and act as if you would on any professional interview and be sure to thank everyone who takes the time to speak with you.
Start your search today by emailing your resume to Mary Kraft HR at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will have a team on your side helping you fast-track your way to the perfect summer job.