An important source of work that is often overlooked is work placements gained through employment agencies.
YWCA Saskatoon recently had the opportunity to invite several employment agencies in to meet with job seekers here at our organization. The result? We all learned a lot. The experience brought clarity to the mystery and misconceptions around these employers.
While it is true that agencies work with clerical and administrative positions, did you know that they also contract for professional workers and industrial positions? The type of work contracts is specific to each agency, so look on the agency website to find which one is the best fit for your skills.
Agencies typically fill different types of contracts they have with employers. They may be contracted by an employer to fill either part time or full time positions; these positions may be short term, long term or permanent. Yes, I did say permanent. This depends on the contract. You may be hired by the company directly, either now or in the future.
While working for an agency, do not overlook the valuable skills you can build, the connections you can make, and the potential you have to add some great references to your portfolio. There is no cost to you to work for an agency; they find employers that need talent, and you find work.
The bottom line is: the more people helping you to find work, the better. So get out and see what agencies have to offer. It might be the best career move you make!
Watch for the next YWCA Employer Meet and Greet event for another great way to connect with employers. Our Employer Feature stories appear on our website blog and social media channels.
The YWCA Employment & Learning Centre helps women and men acquire skills and create personal goals for employment.
Photo: Heather Fritz