The Employment Agency-A Brief Overview

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Although there are a plethora of important things that people will do throughout their lives, finding a job is particularly significant. This is so for several reasons, including the fact that attaining employment is oftentimes the first step to accomplishing one’s personal and professional goals. While there are several ways that an individual can gain assistance in the attempt to find a job, using an employment agency can be uniquely helpful. By learning more about what employment agencies are and how they help people, you can make an informed decision regarding whether using one would be appropriate or advantageous for you.

What Is An Employment Agency? Although broadly defined, the term “employment agency” generally references an organization whose primary purpose is to match employees with employers. Generally, public and private employment agencies can be found in developing countries.

Different Types Of Employment Agencies. While the term “employment agency” references a company that helps people gain employment, there are several different types of employment agencies and services that exist. Some of them include:

Employment Agency. A traditional employment agency is one that assists job seekers in their attempt to find a job. In some cases, employment agencies will charge a fee. In other cases, the employment agency is paid through the employer.

Search Firm/Executive Search Firm. A search firm can be specific to an industry (such as retail or banking) or specific in terms of skills (such as information technology or nutrition). There are two primary kinds of agencies:

Retained Search Firm: Retained search firms are those that have an exclusive relationship with an employer. These firms generally hire for specific periods of time and for senior-level positions. They are compensated with paid expenses as well as a percentage of the employee’s income, irrespective of whether she or he is hired.

Contingency Employment Agency: A contingency employment agency is one that gains pay when the job candidate is hired. This kind of firm will frequently send a plethora of resumes to an employer and is generally used for low and mid-level job searches.

Recruiter/Headhunter. The recruiter or headhunter is the individual who the prospective employee works with during the job search process. In some cases, an individual may be approached by a headhunter who attempts to recruit an individual for a new position working with the firm he or she represents. In other cases, an individual might send their resume to a headhunter or apply to a position which the headhunter wants to fill.

Temporary (Temp) Agency. A temp agency is one that helps individuals find temporary positions. For example, a temp might be hired to work to cover employee illnesses or vacations. In some cases, temporary agencies fill “temp to perm” positions in which the position begins as a temporary job but becomes permanent if and when the employer chooses to hire the employee.

Individuals who are interested in finding temporary or permanent employment should note that an employment agency can help. By reviewing the information found above, individuals seeking to find employment can gain the basic information necessary to make an informed decision regarding which resources to utilize in order to accomplish their objective.