How Staffing Agencies Help You Find Your Dream Job
Looking for a new job is not an easy task, whether you have plenty of work experience or you’re new to your career – or new to the country. Working with a health care staffing agency can save you the time and legwork of searching for and applying to several employers. It could even help you find the job of your dreams.
What kinds of employees do health care staffing agencies look for? Depending on the agency and its clients, there may be a demand for nurses, personal support workers, patient attendants or sitters, unit aides and unit clerks.
Here’s why many of these health care professionals choose to work with a staffing agency:
Variety of settings: Working in different clinical environments is a great way for nurses to grow professionally. If you want to broaden your experience or try out a particular setting, a staffing agency can help you. You just might find a new favourite place to work!
Flexible scheduling: Many people want to (or need to) set their own work schedule. Agencies offer different shift lengths ranging from 4 to 12 hours, and different time slots (weekdays, evenings, weekends). You can pick and choose when you work. If you require guaranteed part-time or full-time hours, ask – some agencies offer this.
Competitive compensation: Agency pay rates and employee benefits can be very competitive. If you want to work part-time, you may still qualify for benefits – some agencies provide them to part-time employees.
Jobs for grads and students: Some health care agencies offer the role of patient attendant or sitter, which is suitable for recent high school graduates and university and college students who are interested in working in health care. No previous experience is needed, and this role can be an entry point to other jobs in this sector.
Opportunities for newcomers: If you’re an internationally trained health professional, an agency can help you find opportunities you might not discover on your own. For example, nurses educated in other countries may want to try working as a patient attendant or patient sitter while working towards their Canadian nursing licence.
Meeting new colleagues: You can learn a lot from others in your field, and working with an agency gives you the opportunity to meet many more of them, across a variety of clinical settings and specialties.
Helpful, knowledgeable office staff: The scheduling team at your staffing agency is there to help, and to find you work opportunities that are a good fit for your skills and preferences.
Working with staffing agencies is a great way to find work or supplement your income – and they’re looking for people just like you!