Job Seeker Tips: How to List a Staffing Agency on Your Resume

How to List a Staffing Agency on Your Resume

Employment agencies, or staffing agencies, help candidates find short-term as well as temporary work (even long-term in a lot of cases). Hiring managers consider these positions credible and noteworthy work history so if you have worked these types of assignments, you should include them on your resume. This can be tricky when trying to determine who you list as the employer, deciding how to list multiple assignments and how to include who you worked for while still keeping the focus on your experience and achievements. Here are a few tips on how to list agencies you have worked for in an appealing way.

Step 1: Getting Your Formatting Right

When listing temporary work on your resume, ensure they are included in reverse chronological order. Generally speaking this should be the case with all jobs you list on your resume unless you have held a position that is directly relevant to the position that you are applying for and the other positions you held aren’t. Listing jobs you have held in reverse chronological order (with the most recent at the top of your resume) makes it easy for potential employers to review your recent work history without having to piece together a timeline.

Step 2: Add the Staffing Agency as your Employer

In a temporary contract agreement, you are working on behalf of the staffing agency, not the company you are assigned to for the duration of the contract. You can still include the name of the company you were assigned to but if you worked multiple assignments this can become too  much on your resume. List the employment agency as your employer, put the positions you worked, skills you acquired and accomplishments you had. You will have an opportunity to go into more detail about where you were assigned during an interview if the hiring manager interviewing you is interested in that information. If you were assigned to work for a company that you feel carries more weight or is directly applicable to the position you are applying for, you can include it.

Step 3: Add your Temporary Jobs

If you have worked multiple assignments with a staffing agency, list the agency as the employer once, then list the different positions you held underneath. Be sure to include the dates of each assignment next to the job title. You may have worked for an agency for two years but held four different positions. If you list each position as a separate job, your resume will quickly become too long but it is still important to put the different types of jobs you had. The focus of your resume should be on your employable skills and qualifications rather than a list of different jobs and employers. If you worked multiple assignments for one agency, consider using the space to details what you did rather than who it was for.

Step 4: Reference your Roles

Under your temporary jobs, list the roles you have undertaken and the main duties you were responsible for in each position. This will allow you to succinctly state what you have done, learned and accomplished without overwhelming the reader. Positions through staffing agencies can often have more generic titles so it is important to include the specific responsibilities and job duties you had. Again, the goal of your resume is to highlight your employable skills so put more focus and dedicate more space to those.

Step 5: Highlight your Achievements

It’s important to highlight your key achievements in each role you have undertaken, and explain how they’ve helped you gain the skills to provide value to your potential employer. Try to include 2-3 accomplishments for each job. Even short-term work can offer valuable skills that you can apply to future jobs.

Temp Jobs Belong on Your Resume

Listing your work through a staffing agency will benefit you in many ways. Employers usually don’t like to see gaps in employment and if there are gaps, they want you to have a good reason for it. Work through an agency is still work and shows that you were motivated to stay employed. There are many reasons why people take temporary work or work through an agency and it is becoming more and more common. Employers are familiar with seeing it on resumes and will typically treat it like any other kind of work. It is also an added opportunity to demonstrate your employable skills and how you have used them. This includes soft skills as well such as flexibility and adaptability.

Bonus Tips

Always make it clear that you worked through an employment agency or staffing service, not as an employee of the employer. You should always be very careful to make sure that your resume doesn’t come across as a misrepresentation of you or your work history. You don’t want to have to clarify something that comes across as untruthful. You can still speak to the specific employers and positions you were placed in.

Arrange temporary work assignments by date, especially if you are using a format that details work history, such as a chronological format. Resumes that are well organized are always easier to read and will not be looked over as easily by hiring managers. Almost all employers will want to know the dates of the jobs you have held. It is important for them to be able to see how long you were employed, how long ago it was and if there are gaps in your employment history. It is better to  include this up front rather than leave them wondering.

10 soft skills that all employers actually look for in new hires

The Desired Soft Skills Employers Love and Want From You

You’re looking for a job but so are a lot of people. A lot of your competition for positions have the same skill set you do. Unless you have some fantastic experience , you may be one of many applicants that have very similar resumes. What will distinguish you from the other candidates? Your soft skills.

What are Soft Skills?

Think of soft skills as your personal skills. They are personal attribute-driven general skills such as the ability to give and receive feedback, work collaboratively, and manage time. They are usually self-developed as opposed to hard skills that are developed through schooling or work experience. They may come naturally to you or they may be something that you have worked to develop through personal growth opportunities.

Why are Soft Skills Desirable?

Soft skills may seem basic and simple but they are difficult for employers to find so they are impressed by candidates who can demonstrate them. Research has shown that a person’s soft skills can be just as good of an indicator of a person’s job performance as the hard skills they possess. Employers recognize that they can train just about anyone to do anything but there are some things that can’t be trained. If the applicant isn’t bringing those skills to the table in the beginning, the chance of them acquiring them over time is slim.

A Positive Attitude and Outlook on Life

A positive attitude makes all the difference in a work environment. It can do wonders in turning a department or company around. Having employees who possess a positive attitude can also be contagious. Employers will seek out this energy since it only takes a few negative people to bring down a department. People want to work with people they like. They are drawn to people who are easygoing, optimistic, and even fun to be around.

Drive and Work Ethic

This is one you won’t learn in school. It’s either part of your DNA or your parents taught it to you. Employers struggle to find employees who make work a priority. Employers are looking for employees that take initiative, are reliable and can do the right job the first time. Employees with drive and work ethic are always hungry for more. They chase success in their job, no matter what job they are doing. You won’t see them settling for mediocre and this usually applies to all areas of their lives. These innate attributes are out of the control of an employer no matter that type of training they provide.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

This is a broad category. It can be anything from how to talk to clients to how well you get your point across in inter-office emails. More than just clearly speaking the language, communication skills involve active listening and excellent presentation and writing capabilities. If you have a chance to take a class on communication skills, it’s well worth your time. It is one of the most crucial soft skills in any job in any industry.

Time Management

For a results-oriented employee, good time management skills are key to getting assignments accomplished and finishing them on time. Time management is more than just working hard and not goofing off. It means getting the most out of each day and getting the most important things done first. It can be the ability to delegate assignments to others when needed and learning to manage your time to create maximum efficiency.

Team Player

Unless you are working in a job where you are completely independent and have no interaction with others, being a team player will be critical to your success. This means believing that others know how to do the job and having the faith in them to do their part. The bigger the company you work for, the higher the likelihood that you will be a part of more than one team. In addition to being able to work with others, it is also the ability to display empathy toward others which is unfortunately hard to find.

Leadership

This could, quite possibly, be the most important of all of the soft skills. No matter what the job is, most employers are looking for someone who can grow beyond that job. In order to be an effective leader, you need all the other soft skills as well. Leadership skills can really be seen as a combination of all the others. Leaders are people who can not only work well with a team but can take the reins and make the rest of the team better.

Ability to Digest New Information and Learn Fast

The world is constantly changing and we are seeing this happen at a faster and faster rate. This applies to the business world as much as any other. Employers have less and less time for training and are looking for employees who can learn their job and learn it fast. This doesn’t mean just learning the job once. Odds are your job will be constantly changing as technology and business practices change. Showing the ability to adjust, learn new skills and learn them quickly will make you a valuable asset.

Ability to Work Under Pressure

We live in a fast paced, high pressure world and this is especially apparent in business. Everything seems to be moving faster and faster. This kind of pressure can break a lot of people and not being able to handle it will hurt the whole team. Employers want to know that you’re not afraid of a challenge, that you can manage stress well and that you don’t shy away from high pressure situations.

Problem Solving Skills

Since problems are inevitable, employees who are able to find solutions to daily challenges that arise are most valuable to an organization. This can sometimes mean that when you are unable to find a solution you aren’t afraid to seek out the advice of others. Employers want to know you can think logically and come up with ways to work around problems. This kind of thinking leads to innovation and improvements within the company.

Flexibility

The way companies do business in today’s competitive market is changing all the time. The ability to remain adaptable helps an organization move forward and stay current with the times. The ability to pick up on new technologies and adjust to changing business surroundings is critically important now more so than ever.

Think of your soft skills as accessories to your training in your field. By themselves they can’t qualify you for a job but when paired with your hard skills they can make you a much more attractive candidate. Be sure to include them on your resume and be prepared to demonstrate them in your interview.

10 Great (and Not so Great) Places To Begin Your Job Search

Great Places to Start Looking for Work That are so Obvious You Forget Them

Today’s job market is all online. At least that is what we always hear. However, that is  not always the case and even when looking online you need to know where to look. Some of the traditional job hunting methods still have a good track record and are worth your time to pursue in addition to the newer methods. Others have seen their better days and are not worth you spending your time and energy on.

Do These 2 Simple Tasks Before you Start

Define Your Goals

To help you clarify your goals and get energized for your upcoming search, start by assessing what you’re looking for and why you want to do that type of work. Knowing what you are looking for will help you determine where to look. Different jobs and industries will be advertised in different ways and will respond to different approaches by job seekers. Some industries have moved all online and will only accept candidates via online applications. Others still prefer a resume brought in person and a handshake.

Research

Research your options and make a list of local companies you want to work for based on your goals. Depending on what you are looking for and where you want to be in your career will narrow your search. If you have specific businesses you are interested in working for (you may not, and that’s okay) you can research that company’s hiring procedures and potentially contact the hiring manager directly.

Local Radio

Believe it or not, this still happens. Businesses, especially those in smaller markets, will advertise their jobs through radio ads in the hopes of getting the attention of a broader audience. This typically happens when they have tried other methods but have not had success in finding the right candidate. This could indicate that it is a hard position to fill or that they are overly picky in their hiring preferences.

Newspaper Advertisements

Much like radio, this method is still used by some employers. However, the jobs section of most newspapers is nothing like it used to be. This is a result of the newspapers, much like the hiring process, have moved more and more online. Most newspapers do offer something along the lines of a job board to cater to those advertising open positions which means rather than picking up an actual newspaper, you may find more success in visiting the website of your local paper to see if they have a designated page for job postings.

Ask Around

Referrals and word of mouth still proves to be one of the best ways to develop serious job leads. Spreading the word that you are looking for work to others around can get the word out exponentially. Your family and friends may know someone who is hiring or their friends and family may know someone. When following up on a job lead that comes from a “warm” referral like this your chances of finding a job are almost five times better than just sending your resume.

Networking Events

When it comes to job hunting at networking events, you have to be very careful. If the networking event is not specifically designated toward job seekers and hiring then those attending are most likely not interested in spending their time discussing potential opportunities with you. If the networking event is specifically geared toward job seekers, you may find yourself spending a lot of time talking with other job seekers rather than employers. Typically these and “job clubs”, where job seekers meet to discuss their job searches, have shown themselves to be of very little benefit. Your time would be better served looking for work rather than talking about looking for work.

Social Media Sites

Social media can be a great way to find job leads. Similar to asking family and friends, social media can get you exponential results in getting the word out that you are looking for work. Because there are so many social media options today, you will want to choose carefully where you spend your time looking. Sites like Snapchat and Instagram will generally result in less leads than sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. LInkedIn is unique in that it is social media geared specifically to professionals and information sharing. Many employers are using it for job postings but you have to know your market. Smaller, more rural markets will tend to use LInkedIn less than your larger, metropolitan markets. Facebook has recently added the jobs feature to their site that allows not only employers to post jobs but job seekers can submit their resume through the site as well. This gives you the option to see all the job postings in one place rather than trying to seek them out. This was previously unrealistic unless you go to specific business pages and happen to see their posting about an open position.

School Resources

If you’re still at school/college you have a great resource in your school’s career center. This applies to alumni as well. Many employers, particularly those looking for a specific, higher-level skill set, will post their jobs at local universities or colleges. If a company is looking for engineers, they are likely to post at local universities that have engineering programs. At the same time, universities and colleges will often promote posting jobs to local employers in an attempt to have their graduates placed in jobs. Having their graduates gainfully employed helps their recruitment efforts for future students. Everyone can win in this situation.

Attend Job Fairs

Job fairs can be a great resource for candidates but much like other job hunting methods it depends on what type of position you are looking for. Job fairs can be targeted to certain industries, positions at a certain level, or general positions that cover a large spectrum. This can be a great chance to get facetime with multiple employers in a short period of time. Often times the host of the job fair will require that employers have multiple openings just to participate so you have an even better opportunity to discuss multiple positions.

Knocking on the Door

Even in this day and age of online resources and hiring methods, walking in the door to deliver your resume in person to an employer works 47% of the time. It tends to work best with small employers. While they may not have an opening at that moment, if you impress them they are likely to hold on to your resume for future openings or even create an opening for the right candidate.

Employment Agencies

While employment agencies have existed for a long time, the market has seen a significant rise in employers using them to fill positions at all levels. The hiring process takes longer and is more involved than it used to be so more and more businesses are outsourcing to employment agencies. Like any other resource, you need to research the agencies to make sure that they fit with your goals. If you are looking for a professional position, you won’t want to apply with an agency that specializes in day labor. Similarly, if you are looking for temporary or entry level position you won’t want to spend your time working with a headhunter to find a position.

Online Job Boards

Possibly the easiest way to start searching for jobs in today’s market is through the use of online job boards. These have become increasingly common and are used by employers in almost every market. You will need to research which ones are most commonly used in your market as it can vary. The large employers will have job boards of their own that are used to post all their open positions and are regularly updated. This allows you to see their current postings and watch for the one you feel is the right fit for you.

Employment agencies will usually have their own job boards as well. This can be a perfect place to start your job search and see a variety of positions that are available in your area. You can check out our job board https://o2employmentservices.com/job-board/