Using a staffing agency can be a great tool for finding a job. Staffing agencies have a large network of potential employers and close relationships with their clients, giving them the ability to get you an interview more quickly. A close partnership with a staffing agency is extremely beneficial to job seekers and employers alike.  Here are six tips to keep in mind when using a staffing agency to find a job.

1) Agency fees are paid for by employers, not you.

There is no cost to you when using a staffing agency. Candidates often forget that companies hire agencies to help them fill positions (not the other way around). Remember that staffing agencies are free resources with access to open positions that you may not find on job boards.

2) You can submit your résumé to multiple agencies.

You are not obligated to only work with one agency, but out of respect, you should let them know that you are working with another agency. If you apply directly for a job, let them know this too so they don’t submit your résumé for the same job. The key to a successful experience with a staffing agency is honest and open communication.

3) Follow-up and check-in.

If you don’t hear back after submitting your résumé, follow up with your staffing agent to make sure there was not a miscommunication. Ask your agency where they have submitted your résumé, and ask if they have any feedback for improvement. The more you ask, the more you learn.

4) Present yourself professionally.

Whether you are meeting with a recruiter or interviewing with a company, be sure to have a professional appearance. Your interview with the recruiter is a good indication of how you will come across when interviewing with potential employers. Take recruiter interviews seriously!

5) Ask for the recruiter’s advice.

Remember that recruiters’ specialty is matching candidates with employment opportunities. This is their expertise, so feel free to ask them for advice on interviews, negotiating salary, résumés, cover letters, business etiquette and more. And if they have some tips for revamping your résumé, don’t take it personally—their job is to help you!

6) Consider contract assignments.

Often times, contract agreements can turn into full-time positions. This is a great way to get your foot in the door.

Use these tips to create the best possible relationship with your staffing agency. A solid relationship with an agency can be very helpful if you’re looking for a new job, and it can even turn into a long-term partnership. If you’re seeking a position in the engineering or government sectors, contact TriMech Services, or check out our job board.