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Staffing agencies can help people find work

Scott Seitz2 • Jun 25, 2010 at 7:25 PM

For those looking for work, staffing agencies are the way to go.

"We're looking to reach out to the unemployed and break down the myths," said Teresa Alt, director of Huron County Job and Family Services.

"The majority of the people have the opportunity to become full-time employees," said John Brooks, owner of Westaff in Norwalk.

"The bottom line is, this is a good way for people to find jobs," said Beth DeLaney, owner of nine area Spherion branches, including the ones in Monroeville and Willard.

"We help fit the employee to the right job," Brooks said.

"The old perception is these are only minimum wage jobs," DeLaney said. "We have no minimum wage jobs."

"It's a one-stop," Brooks added. "And you're done with it. We look at all the alternatives and work with people and give them ideas and open them up to different opportunities and put them in places and jobs they never thought of."

Brooks and DeLaney said the interview process, which is done through the staffing agency, is crucial.

"They interview with us -- they sell themselves to us," Brooks said.

"The interview is so important," DeLaney added. "Because remember, you are interviewing for tens of companies.

"I'd say 60 percent of companies in the county use staffing agencies," Brooks said.

"Motivation is important," Brooks continued. "Our jobs change every day. One day it's one position and another day it's a different position. Those positions are filled by a pool of people, depending on the positions and their skills.

"Remember, the interview is the first impression," Brooks said. "People need to present themselves like they do for an interview."

DeLaney said to help speed up the interview process, applicants can fill out paperwork online at either www.spherionohio.com or www.westaff.com or visit the Job Store at JFS.

"And then complete the paperwork when they come in," Brooks said.

"We take walk-ins too," DeLaney said.

Drug testing is also an important part of the process.

"I'd say 99 percent of companies test," DeLaney said. "We follow the company policy."

"Every company is different, but if they drug test, we drug test," Brooks said. "The company makes the rules."

Brooks said Spherion and Westaff compete with each other.

"But we also work together, recommending people back and forth," Brooks said.

Brooks said high school diplomas or GEDs also can be a big help in landing a job.

Brooks also stressed the staffing agencies aren't taking money out of people's checks for a fee. The money they make is from the company that does the hiring.

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