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Frequently Asked Questions

Having been in the personnel placement business since 1996, we understand that you have a few questions. That is normal. There are always questions. By reviewing those that are most frequently asked, you will find yourself ahead of the game, and, as Sherlock Holmes said to Watson, "The game is afoot."

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Job Seeker FAQs

  1. Are all staffing agencies the same?
  2. How do I know if an agency can help me find work?
  3. Why do companies use agencies?
  4. I've sent my resume everywhere and no one has called, why?
  5. I always see the same postings by the same company, why?
  6. What can I do to improve employment opportunities?

  1. Are all staffing agencies the same?
    No, they are as diverse as the companies they serve. Differentiation can be found with: required skills, industries served, types of placements (temporary, temp-to-hire, direct placements, searches), and finally: are applications done by appointment or are "walk-ins" accepted during work hours.
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  2. How do I know if an agency can help me find work?
    The easiest answer: go to their website and review their postings. If they are looking for machine operators, they do placements in manufacturing. If they are looking for administrative assistants, they do clerical placements. If they only have postings for nurses, their focus is medical. The internet offers endless opportunities to research any agency, or company, and the focus of their recruiting.
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  3. Why do companies use agencies?
    The answer to that is as different as the companies using agencies, but generally: to extend the reach of their HR department; they don't have a formal HR department and they use an agency to fulfill HR functions of finding qualified candidates; they do not have the resources of agencies; they want the flexibility of hiring through an agency; they have an immediate need for an unexpected increase in production; seasonal work; or to screen candidates.
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  4. I've sent my resume everywhere and no one has called, why?
    "Everywhere" is the problem. Remember: not all agencies are the same, and just because they are a "temp" agency (most professional agency personnel cringe at that term) does not mean they can place you. You should develop a list for the types of work you can do, or have done, and only submit your resume for those jobs. There are many functions to most jobs and it would be a very good idea to have multiple versions of your resume to highlight those functions. Recruiters review for specific words (given in posting) when reading a resume, and if those aren't presented, they will move to the next resume. A recruiter initially scans a resume for: full contact information, employment history, duties, content and presentation. Remember: you have 15 seconds - they are looking to either qualify or disqualify a candidate as quickly as possible as this is only the beginning of the process for hiring anyone.

    If their company uses an ATS (Applicant Tracking System), that software scans for "key" words. An ATS will only "pull" a resume (for the recruiter to review) with those key words, and they typically must appear "X" amount of times on the resume.

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  5. I always see the same postings by the same company, why?
    Clients grow and need more people; that is their "industry" focus (which means they can place people at multiple companies) and openings occur when employees leave.
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  6. What can I do to improve employment opportunities?
    Remember, there is only one "first" impression. Submit a well constructed resume and include: your work history in sequential (last to first) order of employers; your specific duties (machine or computer operator describes nothing useful); explain any gaps; and complete contact information including phone numbers and email address. If specific experience is required, that means training is not offered. Keep a daily record of the company/posting submittals for reference and keep those records until you successfully find a job, or even longer.
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Referrals are welcomed and encouraged!

If you have friends looking for work, encourage them to submit their resumes with your name referenced. If you know of any company that is looking for another staffing company, let us know. You will receive a bonus for any candidate we place or company that uses our service. If you have any questions, email them and we will respond as soon as humanly possible. The email to use: info@firstchoicestaff.com

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42505 Woodward Avenue
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Tel: 248-454-8000
Fax: 248-454-8013
E-mail: recruiter@firstchoicestaff.com

 

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