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Top Five Myths About Working with a Staffing Agency

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In honor of National Staffing Employee Week established by the American Staffing Association, our recruiters are eager to set the record straight — and shatter the most common myths about their work in the process while showing job seekers how a reputable staffing firm can have a profound impact in helping them reach their career goals.

Myth #1: Staffing agencies only have access to low-level and low-paying job opportunities

Not true. Staffing agencies are a far cry from the "temp agencies" of previous generations. Twenty-first century recruiters partner with professionals seeking work in a variety of industries at all educational, skill and pay levels.

For example, Aerotek staffs fields as diverse as accounting, aerospace and defense, architecture and design, engineering, government and public administration and healthcare.

Some candidates with higher-level skills may ask, "Why do I need you?" says Aerotek Sr. Professional Recruiter Matt Wiehe. Wiehe uses that as an opportunity to share just how comprehensive a recruiter’s role can be — from leveraging connections with clients and navigating industry trends to providing candidates with help related to resume building and interviewing. “A good recruiter can be a resource for candidates beyond helping them simply search for a position,” Wiehe adds.

Myth #2: Staffing agencies aren’t a long-term employment solution

False. While staffing agencies do offer temporary jobs for those who enjoy its flexibility, agencies also provide long-term contractual assignments and temporary jobs that may turn into permanent ones. “The terms ‘staffing agency’ and ‘temp agency’ often times are used interchangeably,” says Sr. Professional Account Recruiting Manager Kate Keller. “I would argue that they are certainly not the same thing.”

The best staffing firms are committed to connecting candidates to meaningful, lasting career opportunities. And it’s a philosophy that’s borne out in the data. Many of today’s contract employees prefer the flexibility and variety that contract employment provides. Reporting on a 2015 study performed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the blog, Independent, notes that 85 percent of independent contractors were satisfied with their employment statuses.

“Perhaps even more unexpected,” the report continues, “is that significantly more independent contractors (57 percent) were ‘very satisfied’ with their jobs than those who held standard full-time employment (45 percent).”

Myth #3: Recruiters don’t care about my personal and career goals

False again. Our recruiters are truly invested in the happiness of our contract employees. “I wish more candidates knew how much we care about them. We really seek to understand what they do and what they want to do,” says Recruiter Claire Krieger. “We want to find them the best fit and network with them to find the best opportunities.”

Sr. Professional Account Recruiting Manager Julie Lewis points out, “Candidates often don’t realize that we are available to coach them and help them win interviews. We truly want them to get jobs, so we are happy to answer questions, help them with research and role-play interview scenarios.”

Additionally, says Lewis, “Our job as recruiters doesn’t end once we place a candidate. We would like to have an on-going relationship with them during and after their contracts expire.”

Myth #4: Candidates will lose money by working with a staffing agency

That’s false, too. “At Aerotek, we [work with] the companies we staff for to find the best employee for the job they are trying to fill,” says Senior Professional Recruiter Sam Yeomans.

Yeomans also helps to negotiate for candidates to obtain more money than they may have earned in the past. “Typically, I am able to [negotiate more money for] a candidate, as well as other perks like a shorter commute, better work environment, more exciting projects or a position at a company with a more prestigious name in the industry.”

Myth #5: If I find employment through a staffing agency I won’t receive health insurance or other fringe benefits

Not true anymore. According to the American Staffing Association, “Many staffing companies offer health insurance as well as vacation and holiday pay [depending on your contract], and some offer retirement plans.”

Temporary and contract employees have options when it comes to finding a staffing partner to work with; firms recognize this and are increasing the type, variety and quality of benefits employees demand.

“At Aerotek, we offer a full range of benefits for contract employees and their eligible family members,” adds Lewis.

Do you have questions about how Aerotek can help you in your search for the right career opportunity? Visit our job board or create a free account today.

Aerotek recruiter panel members:
Paul Gianfagna, Alexandra Hirt, Alexandra Horst, Kate Keller, Claire Krieger, Julie Lewis, Matt Lubecki, Jake Plegge, Gina C. Prudhomme, Ross Minton, Kaitlin Morkel, Jackie Ross, Stephanie Sanders, Dana Sheehan, Matt Wiehe and Sam Yeomans contributed to this article.