“Staffing siren seeks gregarious Geek for date, possible LTR. Must be honest, hard-working, open to multiple phone convos and some face time. Can you chat about a web service and a web server? Can you describe the difference between a coffee bean and a java bean? If yes, give me a call. Would love to learn more about you.”
Sound like you?
If you’re like many of my techno-savvy friends you’re being courted by several staffing firms, perhaps even for the same job. How do you choose which firm to call back? Many people go the obvious route: who’s paying the most moolah? That’s great if you’re the dating-only type or if your last name is Kardashian.
But what if you want more than that? What if you’re more the LTR type of person? This is when it can get good. If you’re a date-only type, staffing firms can certainly accommodate you very successfully. No muss, no fuss. But where we’re really set up to shine is when you’re open to a relationship. No pressure, honest. We can take it slow. Start with a couple of phone conversations, see how that goes. Maybe setup a time to meet over coffee or lunch. We’ll even pick up the tab.
But why settle down? Why choose one staffing firm? (Alright, maybe two but you don’t want a reputation.) It’s all about the relationship. Yes, money plays a big part, but let’s consider that a given. Dollars aside, what really matters to you about your next job? Is it location? A fully stocked fridge in the breakroom? Whatever your particular preferences, the more we know the easier it is for us to find you the perfect job. Think of us as your wingman; not only do we want a LTR with you, we really want to introduce you to our other best friend, Mr./Ms. Client. Don’t like working in cubes? Got it. Prefer working at a startup? Check. Like working in your jammies? Good to know.
I’ll say it again: We want a LTR with you, Superstar Geek and we know we’re not the only ones. How many emails hit your inbox every week, titled something akin to “Perfect Job Opening at our Client” or “Found your resume online”? How many calls do you get every week from recruiters? That there’s a highly competitive job market out there is hardly recent news. In as much as you are competing for that perfect job, staffing firms are competing for you. It’s kind of like being the most popular kid in school, yes? It might be tempting to date around simply because you can.
How about we just call it a phase and leave it at that?