Employment agencies are companies that qualify the skills and abilities of individuals who are interested in working. Individuals typically write resumes and cover letters and seek out organizations who are hiring for their field of interest through various means. This process can be very time consuming and tedious, and an individual may or may not find work.
Creating a database of businesses who are interested in hiring people to work and screen applicants for immediate hire or interviews are specialties of the employment agencies. This works well for both the applicant and the business who is hiring because individuals can be pre-screened so that neither the business nor the applicant wastes valuable time.
Some of these employment agencies specialize only in temporary or seasonal work, which may work best for individuals in general labor positions such as construction or some administrative positions when regular workers go on maternity leave, become injured, go on extended vacations, or are in the process of finding permanent workers and need someone to fill in.
Other employment agencies hire individuals on a temporary to permanent basis, requiring an amount of temporary work to determine if the individual being tested is well suited for that company. Many businesses require an amount of chemistry for that applicant to be hired in permanently, and they may also need a period of time to test an individual’s skills and multi-tasking abilities.
There are employment agencies that only specialize in the application to a particular field of work, such as health care for example, and will only place individuals who have the particular skill set that the work requires. In order to apply to a company like this, you will need to ensure that your skills are being sought after by that particular organization and the database of businesses that it works with.
You can also find employment agencies that work with several different fields of work which will help to accommodate individuals who have a diverse set of skills. As an example, if you are able to do general labor jobs but can also type 45 words per minute, you would be eligible to drive a hi-lo machine or enter information into a database for a busy manufacturer that requires the input of invoice information.
If an employment agency asks for money in order to help you find jobs, chances are they are not a legitimate business and you should inquire with the better business bureau on their practices. No job or agency should charge you money to help you apply or obtain interviews.