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Frequently Asked Questions about Staffing from Job Seekers

It is relatively common for us to run across a job seeker who is unfamiliar with the staffing industry. Many are worried about the cost (there is none to the job seeker), how we will find them work and what is required. Here are answers to these frequently asked questions, but the only thing you really need to know is that we will be with you every step of the way, always available for your questions.

Will working for a staffing firm help me get a permanent job?

Staffing can be a bridge to permanent employment, and the potential for securing a permanent position is a major reason people seek temporary work. According to a 2014 American Staffing Association survey of staffing employees, half (49%) of those surveyed chose temporary or contract work as a way to obtain a permanent job. One third (35%) were offered a permanent job by a client where they worked on an assignment, and two-thirds (66%) accepted the offers of permanent employment. (Source: American Staffing Association, 2014 Staffing Employee Survey)

How does a staffing job help me to secure a permanent position?

Temporary and contract positions offer a proven bridge to permanent employment, and this is true across all industry sectors. Individuals can “audition” prospective employers for job satisfaction, workplace environment, culture and ethics, and showcase their skills. Employers likewise can see what the potential permanent employee has to offer.

What kind of flexibility does a staffing job offer me?

Staffing employees can choose when, where, and how they want to work—all contributing to valuable work-life balance. In fact, 85% of staffing employees surveyed by ASA in 2014 said work flexibility was highly important and a top reason for pursuing temporary or contract work. (Source: American Staffing Association, 2014 Staffing Employee Survey)

How long do people hold temporary jobs?

While specific jobs may last from a few hours to several years, the best estimate for the average tenure of temporary and contract employees is just under three months. (Source: American Staffing Association, 2014 Staffing Employee Survey)

What types of assignments do staffing companies offer?

Jobs range from skilled trades to degreed professionals and are available in virtually all occupations.

What kind of pay and benefits do temporary and contract employees receive?

To attract the most qualified employees, staffing firms offer highly competitive wages and benefits. Some earn more than their permanent counterparts. Many staffing companies offer additional benefits as well. Virtually any temporary or contract employee who wants benefits can find a staffing firm that offers them. (Source: American Staffing Association, 2014 Staffing Employee Survey)

What kind of services do staffing companies provide?

Staffing companies offer a wide range of employment-related services, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outsourcing and outplacement, and human resource consulting.

Source: American Staffing Association: Staffing Industry Frequently Asked Questions