Finding your first job can be a very daunting experience. It takes hours and hours to work through all the job postings, want ads and applying directly to websites of companies you would like to work with. You apply to the position, you wait, and you wait, and you wait some more and in some cases, you never hear back from the company. The whole application process can be absolutely frustrating. But, you don’t have to go it alone. By using a staffing agency, you have a partner to help you through it. There are a few advantages to working with a staffing agency too.

First of all, companies working with staffing agencies are going to look at the resumes sent by their staffing agency partners before they look at resumes sent in directly. Why is this? The company is paying the staffing agency to find them a candidate, so it’s worth their while to look through those candidates before others. These candidates are usually more qualified because the staffing agency has done due diligence to make sure the candidates are a fit for the position.

In addition to showing up first on the hiring mangers desk, recruiters have industry experience they can relate to you. Even if they can’t find you a position right now, they can give you advice that will help you in your job search. For example, a recruiter might see hundreds of resumes for an analytical chemist position and he or she will get a good idea of what a properly constructed resume for a position like this one should look like. That recruiter can relate that information to you, and boom, you have a better resume.

One final thing that can be a benefit of working through a staffing agency is the potential of building up connections that can help you out further down the road. You can work with a couple different staffing agencies at a time, and if you build up a relationship with a recruiter at one but don’t end up taking a job through them, it’s just fine. You may find that after a couple of years at a company, you’re interested in something different. If you’ve worked with a couple different agencies that have gotten to know you, you have some great connections to increase your odds of finding a better job.

Staffing agencies have gotten a bad reputation in the past. Some are better than others, but overall, most staffing agencies are working with your best interests and their client’s best interests in mind. At VERUM, we work to meet the needs of our clients and candidates equally, without exploiting one group to benefit the other.  We look forward to seeing your resume and helping you find that very first job. What are you waiting for?

Stay tuned for our next article coming in the New Year! Until then, feel free to catch up on our previous articles, and be sure to check out our pages on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for the latest news and opportunities available through Verum Staffing! If you are interested in speaking with us further regarding positions we have available, future opportunities, or interview/resume help, please apply at to set up an informational interview.