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Functions of Employment Agencies

1/15/2013 7:37:28 AM | by Anonymous

Employment Agencies

Employment agencies are organization which can either be public funded employment agency or private business that alleviates the recruitment process. They are beneficial both to the company filling up a position and the applicant looking for a job. Companies would want a person that has the right knowledge and skills to perform the task he is going to fill in. An employee with good experience can assure reliability to that person. Less time and energy will also be spent on the hiring process if the services of employment agencies are acquired. Employment agencies usually pre-examine the applicants first before showing them to employer. This way, only those who have potentials to fill in the job will remain and the employer will have a list of highly suitable candidates for the position. This cut down the long screening process that employers have to go through if not with the help from employment agencies. In-depth training, which is considered time consuming, is no longer needed for highly-qualified new employee. He also tends to start helping in the company production sooner. If the new employee is really right for the job, he can be of great help in the company’s growth.


Looking for a job out of the pool of job-seekers can be a gruesome task. A job hunter has to find an open position that could match the job seeker’s work experiences and where he could be qualified. Once a resume is sent, he needs to wait if he will be chosen amongst other who may be as qualified or even more. When he gets a job interview, the recruitment process does not stop as he needs to pass the initial interview and might be asked to take an exam and come back for series of interviews. Another dilemma that job-seekers go through is finding a job that is parallel to their qualifications. The hardship caused by job-hunting lead some to engage to work where they are over qualified. Most just settle to a certain job for survival. For people who want to build a career and put into practice their skills can seek assistance from employment agencies. They will take note of your educational background, training and skills to look for a matching career. When the job-seeker gets the position, the recruiter will charge him for the service he did. The cost the applicant has to pay should be worthwhile as he is able to land not just on any job but the one he is aiming for.


There are three fields of private employment agencies: personnel placement services, staffing services and executive search firms. Personnel placement services is the common service that employment agencies offer. The agency has to look for an applicant that matches the needs of a business. The recruiter will do the screening and the short-listed will be lined up for interview with the company. The recruitment process on executive search firms, also known as a headhunter, is mostly similar with personnel placement services but in a more meticulous way as the company needs to fill in a senior-level management positions. The headhunter will have to search for a highly qualified person for the job. There is a big chance that only a handful of candidates are qualified for a top level post so headhunters tend to be more aggressive on seeking out of professionals. They may purchase costly lists of names and job titles and maintain large database. They can even negotiate the salary to attract the candidate on accepting the job. Staffing services, on the other hand, are employment agencies that seek for employees who are interested to fill in a temporary position. The employees hired are on contract basis that might turn into a permanent position if the company sees that he is fit for the job.

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