I think we've all seen it whether first stepping out in the workforce trying to land a first job or switching into a new industry or job -- "must have experience" - but how do you gain experience when nobody will hire you because you don't have experience yet - FRUSTRATING!
Have you thought of working with a staffing company?
Often employers will partner with staffing companies so the staffing company will hire for their more entry level roles.
I like to recommend working with a few staffing companies during your job search especially for first jobs as well as when you're trying to move into a new type of job:
1 - You are building your own job search team, think of yourself as an athlete and the staffing company recruiters as your agents. They're able to tap into their network of companies that they already have relationships with!
2 - Once you're hired by the staffing company you work for them - they want to get you a job! You've spent time with your staffing company recruiter; face to face interview, skills assessment, etc - they know your strengths and skills and they are able to have conversations with the employers about why that company should hire you, for example:
"I interviewed Laura last week and she is interested in a customer service role with your company, she doesn't have the exact customer service experience you are looking for but she worked at Chipotle for two years where she interacted with customers on a daily basis and she interviewed well with me and was able to answer a few tough interview questions based around difficult customer service situations - I think she would do well in your customer service job..."
3 - Often staffing companies have a mix of both short term and long term assignments - a great way to try out a new role without making a commitment! For example, If you think you'd like to get away from a retail job and more into a packaging job in a warehouse it is very likely that a staffing company will have a short term assignment that you can try out. If you end up loving the packaging job, great! If not, then you haven't made a longterm commitment, finish your short term assignment and then try your hand at something else!
Here are a few links to staffing companies that I work with often:
-- Integrity Staffing Solutions is a fantastic staffing company with many entry level jobs. Here is the link to their website:
-- Adia is a mobile platform that allows you to create and schedule short term assignments from your mobile phone. They are only in a few cities so far, but growing rapidly. Here is the link to their website:
-- UberWorks is also a mobile platform that allows you to create and schedule short term assignments from your mobile phone. They too are only in a few cities so far, but growing rapidly. Here is the link to their website:
-- Staffmark is another fantastic staffing company with many entry level jobs. Here is the link to their website:
Good luck with your job search!
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Thanks for that Laura, I believe staffing companies can be a great tool, and be used as a stepping stone to a great, permanent position!