Relationship building is key to any business. It’s true for sales. It’s true for networking. And it’s true with your staffing agency.
This last one might seem counterintuitive. After all, your staffing agency gets paid when you do. The “relationship” is fixed around getting you a placement. What’s there to develop?
But working with a staffing agency is more of a partnership than it is a service or even an employer. A healthy give-and-take makes the process smoother and more profitable.
Here are five ways to build a strong relationship with your staffing firm:
Keep Communication Open
Your parents always told you: it’s important, to be honest. As you got older, you probably built a little flexibility into this advice … a few white lies here, a stretch or exaggeration there. No harm done.
Generally that’s true, but when dealing with your staffing agency, it’s crucial to be upfront. Keeping them up to date with your goals and your skill set will help them place you in the right position. Also, insist this honest communication goes both ways. Ask questions and do research on the company.
Be Open to Learning
Times change fast. A key skill a few years ago can be obsolete now. Meanwhile, technologies that weren’t even invented when you entered the workforce might now represent the gold standard (technology moves so fast, this can be true even if you’re still in your 20s).
Your staffing agency might have resources to help you build new competencies. Even if they don’t sponsor it themselves, they certainly know about classes and seminars to help you stay up to date with the latest trends and build up the “skills” portion of your resume.
Stay Active in the Process
Your staffing partner is likely doing all they can to get you a position. Still, don’t simply lay back and wait to hear from them.
Stay active. Check in from time to time. This will help you build a relationship with the staff members you’re working with. It will also give you an opportunity to update them on the progress of your job search – updates to your resume, changes in your priorities or alterations in your available schedule.
Do Your Research
Know as much as you can about the staffing firm and about the market they serve. This helps you become a more active partner in getting you the best possible placement. The more informed you are, the more you can ensure you have all the skills you need for the job you want and the more you can help the people engaged in finding you a position.
Choose the Right Staffing Firm
Part of your research should happen before you settle on your main staffing partner. Finding someone who fits your needs is key to getting a quick and satisfying placement. Qualified Staffing is a great place to start. A leader in the industry, Qualified has all the tools necessary to get you on your way to career satisfaction. Contact us today to find out more.