Unfortunately today the unemployment rate is high. This means that for every job vacancy posted there is likely to be hundreds of applicants. Businesses just don’t have the time and resources to sift through this amount of applications. Instead it is more time efficient to enlist the help of a job agency.
This is why you will find that most jobs are advertised through a third party. The agency will screen all the applicants until they are left with just a few. These successful applicants may then get interviews with the prospective employer. Or in some cases the agency is responsible for finding the perfect candidate and does the complete hiring process.
Using a job agency has several benefits for anyone looking for work. You will have to go through a registration process. This includes filling out forms and sometimes doing hands on tests. This will depend upon the line of work you are interested in.
For example anyone looking for office work may have to complete a computer and typing test. Prospective factory workers usually have to go through a safety orientation and dexterity tests.
Once you have successfully completed these tasks the agency will attempt to match you with a suitable position. Many of these jobs are temporary or short term contracts. This could be for a couple of reasons.
- Companies don’t like to hire full time employees directly
- Gives the company time to evaluate your job performance first
- They may only require additional help for a certain task
- Could be seasonal work
From a business’s point of view it is much easier to test people out firstbefore going through the complete hiring process. Hiring a temporary worker is not always cheap and may actually cost more than a full time employee. It allows them to see if the employee is on time, doesn’t call in late or sick and how well they can perform the job. No business will overlook a good employee and will be happy to hire them on full time.
For someone looking for work using an agency cuts down your job search and saves you valuable time and effort. If you are desperate for work the agency may be able to place you somewhere immediately so you earn an income. They will then still look for a job in your chosen field for you.
Registering at any reputable job agency will be free. If you are asked to pay then stay clear of them and look for another agency in your area.