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Old 03-11-2008, 03:21 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I was on a website searching for jobs in my local area and most of the jobs are through staffing agencys.Why is this?
Wouldnt it make more sense for the employeer to do the job posting themselves.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:56 AM
 
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I was on a website searching for jobs in my local area and most of the jobs are through staffing agencys.Why is this?
Wouldnt it make more sense for the employeer to do the job posting themselves.
A sign of the times?.........i've been a employer before, and hiring, training and firing people is a big fat headache. Admittedly a numbers game but still a good time saver.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:21 AM
 
Location: USA
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I think a lot of managers don't have a clue on how to hire anyone. Neither does HR. They couldn't pick a qualified candidate if their life depended on it.

So, they spend thousands of dollars on someone because it makes them think they are getting someone good. When in fact, a lot of good qualified people stay away from them, because they pit clients against clients.

Another thing they do is to flood a city or state with your resume. Then, if you go to that facility or another headhunter sends you there, Acme Staffing already has your resume, and that facility has to pay you a fee.

Now, a lot of HR people like using staffing agencies and some have courted and stroked them so they feel comfy with them.

Here is another thing they do, too...they will promise you the moon and then keep you off the market so they can push someone else they have with more experience or more convenient for the employer.

It always amazes me that Human Resource "Specialists" or "Recruiters" have to use employment agencies or staffers.

They pay to have someone else do the background checks, etc.

Then, if something goes wrong, say they hired a serial killer, they can say "Oh gee, we paid all this money for this candidate" or "We used them before and all their people were wonderful." See...it takes some of the responsibility off of them if something goes wrong. And isn't that what it is ALL about these days....people trying to have power but no accountability?
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:45 AM
 
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It's a time saver for the HR person to have the applicants pre-screened by an agency. Also they can bring people on temp to perm through an agency so the company can make sure it's a good fit. Some companies are avoiding paying benefits. Some of the jobs staffing agencies have online are fake and they are just trying to attract a big applicant pool.
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia PA
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Some of the jobs staffing agencies have online are fake and they are just trying to attract a big applicant pool.
I can tell you that this is very true. Here in VA, in the Hampton Roads area, Kelly Services is known for doing this. It really sucks.
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:52 PM
 
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It works both ways though. You can check out your prospective employers before you commit to the position.
I RAN away from a temp to hire, when I found out through working there, the company was known for not paying their bills and was insolvent (they were down the tubes 2 years later). There was no other way I would have known this except by working there.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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Staffing agencies exist:

To fill positions that are high-risk for attrition. Most of these jobs have high turnover, and minimum qualifications. Therefore, filling certain schedules and maintaining productivity outweighs the quality of the employees filling the position. This is most apparent when you watch AGENCY ADS over time, the same jobs/companies/positions were being filled 2-5+ years ago (probably at same pay rate).

To fill short-term positions for daily/weekly durations. If COMPANY A needs someone to file papers, they call up an agency. Small business COMPANY B needs 3 people to load trucks for a day. Government COMPANY C needs a data entry person while a worker is on maternity. These are come-and-go spots, usually needed for the same/next day.

To gain mass exposure for a company that needs a specialized individual. This is where we see AGENCY A,B, and C all competing to fill the same position. They scan their database to see if they have a recent resume that matches up, they submit the resume and try to SELL it to the company.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Yes, it may very well be a nice asset for a company to use an Agency, but for a lot of applicants is sure can be a "pain in the tooch". An Agency has you come in for an interview and, if a job is open in your area, sends you to the company for more interviews. My gosh, just how many interviews does a person have to go thru today??? An Agency also finds a nice resume' on Careerbuilder or Monster and they call the person to come in for an interview. As my wife found out, most of the time the Agencies calling didn't have a job opening, they just wanted to get her into their database. She didn't get one job thru an Agency, she got one thru a website.
I remember, years ago, seeing an ad in a local paper talking about buying a list of jobs in the area. This list cost like $30. I got fairly excited and went to the business and bought a Job Listings list. Come to find out, most of the jobs that were listed were ones this Agency yanked out of the local papers. I looked at this list first, then looked at the Sunday paper....."what the heck is this" I said outloud. The same job ad that was on the list was also in the paper. In fact, I even called one employer HR that I seen on the list and in the paper and he told me "this Agency called us to ask if they could put our job ad that was in the paper onto their listings sheet. I said no, but now I find out they done it anyway".
Just what kind of world do we live in anyway???
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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It works both ways though. You can check out your prospective employers before you commit to the position.
I RAN away from a temp to hire, when I found out through working there, the company was known for not paying their bills and was insolvent (they were down the tubes 2 years later). There was no other way I would have known this except by working there.
That's why I think that temp-to-hire jobs are good for those who do office work, because it gives the worker and potential employer a chance to "size each other up", and make sure you'll both be a good fit before the company offers the worker a permanent job.
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: USA
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How does the company know that they paid for a real screened person with a staffing agency? I would think they would rather do it themselves, save the money, and KNOW they had someone qualified. Just my opinion.
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