Benefits to Using Placement Agencies
The benefits of using placement agencies, temporary employment, or contract positions is often overlooked as a viable employment option, but unless you have a great job already lined up, working for an agency may be the smartest way for you to look for work. Here are the benefits to working for an agency:
- Gain valuable experience in your chosen field or in a new field that you may not have considered. If you have the skills to do the job, but you lack experience, working with an agency can help you gain that much needed experience. You have the opportunity to work in different types of positions – such as administrative, research, analyst, metadata, digital asset manager, archivist, records specialist, cataloger, library assistant, law librarian, law firm reference librarian, medical librarian, records clerk, and information specialist, just to name a few.
- Increase your networking contacts and expand your knowledge of the many possibilities that exist in the LIS field. It provides an opportunity to try out different work environments and employers, such as law firms, medical & pharmaceutical companies, investment banking, research, financial services, corporate, legal and tax departments, Library of Congress, NASA, other government agencies, corporate environments, and consulting firms.
- Boost your confidence and develop references who can verify your ability to perform the work.
- Agencies are free to use. Employers pay the agency to find viable candidates.
- The assignment can lead to regular employment. Many employers use the temporary assignment as a way to check out or vet prospective hires before offering a regular position, and some companies do all of their hiring through agencies. You can use it as an opportunity to find out about unadvertised openings.
- It can provide flexible work options. In some cases, the employer can accommodate your availability. Or, it may be a part-time job, or a full- time but short-term placement. This flexibility can give you time to attend professional development workshops, or write for a publication, for example.
- In some cases, it can provide benefits in addition to a paycheck – including paid holidays, medical and dental coverage, life insurance, and a 401(k) plan. Be sure to inquire what benefits are offered and about whether the agency pays for them or you do.