This article will differ from my traditional review posts as choosing software is not at all the same as choosing a staffing agency.

With software, if you don’t find the best fit, you can always move onto the next. With a staffing agency, you’re trusting them with your personal information and the future of your career.

The stakes are higher, which is why this review will cover the only 2 staffing agencies I would honestly recommend to anyone.

I will go over why you should work with a staffing agency, what to expect, what sets each of the following agencies apart, and why I recommend them both.

This article is geared towards helping Job Seekers select the best Staffing Agency to find a position. If you are an Employer or Hiring Manager looking for a recruiter, please follow this link Here.

Introduction: Why use a staffing agency?

A recruiter, also known as a headhunter or search consultant, has the ability to streamline your job search process.

Serving as the eyes and ears of the recruiting industry, we have access to the higher-ups and can bridge the gap between applicants and the person who makes the final decision hiring.

We can help you improve your resume, prepare you for the interview, and aid you in negotiating your salary.

Did you know that only about 20% of open positions (for mid-level and up) are posted online? 80% of jobs are not posted online, since the company might want to keep it a secret if they’re looking for a new General Manager.

It won’t help them if their competition knows their very hiring move, so many companies choose to work with recruiters to maintain confidentiality. We have firsthand knowledge of the open positions.

What to expect when working with a recruiter

Recruiters manage many of the job postings found online, so when you apply to any position, you run a good chance of sending your resume directly to a recruiter. That’s a good thing!

As I mentioned above, recruiters can help you with your resume to give you the best shot at getting the interview, we will give you preparation tips so that you can make a great first impression, and if you don’t feel comfortable negotiating salary on your own, we can help.

Quick note: only work with a recruiter who gets paid by the company that hires you. As a job seeker you should NEVER pay the recruiter anything. WE get paid by the company that hires you.

Once you’ve applied to a position posted by a recruiter, the recruiter will reach out to you based on the information on your resume, so make sure it’s correct!

We will then tell you about the position(s), compensation, benefits, timeline, etc.

Don’t be alarmed if the recruiter doesn’t tell you right away what the job pays. It’s typical for us first to get a sense of YOUR experience before divulging that information.

After confirming your qualifications for the position, we will reach back out to our contact at the company to (hopefully) set up an interview.

Note: Randstad recruiters will take care of ALL of your interviews, so you typically won’t speak with anyone at the question they represent until you have an offer and have accepted.

As I say before, we will prepare you for the interview, telling you with whom you will speak, the position title, and as much information as you need to succeed.

Remember, OUR compensation is a percentage of your salary, typically anywhere from 20%-40% depending on the staffing agency you work with (we don’t get a portion of your salary, our fee is a finder’s fee based on your compensation).

So, it behooves us to make sure you get the job and get paid as much as possible.

The most important thing: always be honest with your recruiter. Lying, providing misleading information, or omitting essential info is a surefire way to lose the recruiter’s trust or respect.

Red flags: If a recruiter says “I or my firm will give you a sign-on bonus if you accept this position”, RUN! This is not how recruiting agencies work! WE don’t pay YOU to accept a position. It’s a scam used by shady and dishonest recruiters to convince you to accept a position so that they can get paid.

Now, let me get into the best staffing agencies, and the only ones I recommend working with:

GPAC

In business since 1990, GPAC (which stands for Growing People And Companies) has been on the front lines in the job search and sourcing industry.

Operating throughout all of North America, GPAC specializes in filling positions requiring experienced individuals, from tax & accounting staff, estimators, superintendent, and project managers all the way up to Controllers, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and other executive-level roles.

Just a few of the industries GPAC assists with include:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Funeral Services
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Legal Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Veterinary Services
  • Waste Management
  • And many more

What sets GPAC apart from other staffing agencies is their structure and how their recruiters are organized into various teams to focus on specialized and specific industries.

For example, I focus on Estimators, Project Managers, Project Engineers, Operations Managers, and C-Level positions for companies specialized in Commercial Drywall, Metal Framing, Commercial Paint, and Exterior Building Cladding.

In just the Construction Industry alone, GPAC has entire teams of dozens of recruiters each specialized in the following sub-trades:

  • Flooring
  • Glass & Glazing
  • Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Concrete & Masonry
  • Multi-Family General Contracting
  • High-End Custom Home General Contracting
  • And all other trades.

The same goes for each other industry GPAC services, with over 700 recruiters as of the time of this article specialized in a specific niche, and more headhunters (yes, you can call us that, we actually prefer that title) being added every month.

The tools and training available to GPAC’s search consultants are the best in the industry, having access to the most advanced recruiting tools offered by LinkedIn, top-notch email marketing software, and the most common job-board sites such as ZipRecruiter, Indeed, Glassdoor, and many others.

This means you will be working with a recruiter who has contacts specifically in your industry.

Let’s say, for example, you’re a Personal Lines Account Manager for a large insurance agency, or you’re a Superintendent specialized in Commercial Millwork, you will be in contact with a recruiter focused on sourcing individuals just like yourself for companies just like the one you work for.

Of course, if you’re looking to switch roles or industries, we certainly can help with that too, such as if you want to become a Commercial Lines Account Manager or work as a Superintendent for a larger Commercial General Contractor.

Your GPAC recruiter will walk with you remotely through the entire process, from initial interview to the offer-stage.

Randstad

In business since 1960, Randstad assists with sourcing candidates for entry-level positions and up. My experience with Randstad began shortly after graduating college in 2020.

Being in the middle of the government shutdowns, multiple small-mid sized businesses shutting their doors and closing down, I’m very grateful that Randstad was able to find me an entry-level position at a local warehouse.

Randstad is the go-to temp & staffing agency for sourcing candidates who have minimal experience and will pass a background-check and drug-screening.

While they are able to source higher-level candidates for specific roles, where they shine is finding associates for lower-level roles in the following industry:

  • Business Administration
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Legal Services
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Logistics
  • And multiple others

Unlike GPAC, Randstad is also set up to perform background checks and drug screening.

They can do everything from sourcing candidates to initial interviews to final interviews to presenting offers to drug & background checks.

This means that your entire interaction during the interview process with be with one Randstad recruiter who will walk you through the entire role, requirements, and offer stage.

The first time you end up speaking with your employer will be on your first day of work. You will meet your Randstad recruiter at his or her office for everything paperwork-related.

My recommendations

If you are a recent high-school or college graduate looking for an entry-level position, I highly recommend using Randstad to find your first job just as I did.

Their services, network of clients, and full-service make your job search process much easier.

If you have 2+ years of experience in any given field, I urge you to reach out to GPAC to help you find your dream job.

GPAC’s specialization in various fields and relationships with their contacts in the industry will give you the best chance at finding a fulfilling and lucrative career.

I have great respect for both companies and the recruiters who work for them. Between the two (Randstad for finding entry-level roles, GPAC for positions requiring more experience) I trust you will be able to find the right job for you.

I hope this article has helped you navigate the world of job searches and job applications, and I wish you luck.

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