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Six Ways Employment Agencies are Essential When Returning to the Job Market

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Are you unhappy at work? Is your current job failing to meet your financial needs? Maybe you’ve recently lost your job, or have been on an extended break. Whatever the reason, you’re facing the challenge of returning to the job market and searching for your next opportunity. Even in the best of
circumstances, re-entering the job market after some time away can be one of the most intimidating and stressful times in your life. Not only are you tasked with figuring out your next career move, but you have to do the hard work of finding openings and making yourself noticed in an environment that may have changed dramatically since your last search. With so many new elements in play – and so many big decisions on your shoulders – the transition back to the job market has no shortage of shocks and surprises, making it easy to feel alone.


That’s where we come in. In a world of endless advice, endless choices and endless change, an employment agency can be the anchor you need to take the uncertainty and isolation out of returning to the job market. An employment agency understands what you’re dealing with and is your one-stop shop for the experience, tools and resources you need to make your return a successful one.


Here are the six ways employment agencies are essential in helping you return to the job market.


1: They Get to Know You

Ultimately, every individual returning to the job market is different. You have different goals, different backgrounds, different reasons for returning and different expectations. An employment agency is your advocate during the transition. Unlike an online job marketplace or classified ad, employment agency recruiters want to get to the heart of what you bring to the hiring table. In short, they want to get to know you. Their goal is making great employment matches, so they take the time to learn about your aptitudes, experiences and needs to determine where you can be successful.


2: They Have Your Next Job

While many professionals returning to work want to remain in a similar position, just as many aren’t sure of their next move, or are ready for a change. Putting your employment in the hands of an employment agency can bring you the clarity you need. After they’ve understood your unique skills and attributes, an employment agency gives you the vital information about fields needing your particular skills, who’s hiring, and what positions will help you get the career you want. An employment agency worth it’s salt thinks both analytically and creatively about your employment potential and can guide you into unexplored or unconsidered career paths. Most importantly, employment agencies are a direct connection to interested employers, so when the right opportunity opens up you’ll be one of the first in line.


3: They Know the Details

Professionals returning to the job market have an understandably different set of needs from entry level employees.  You need to know the details – like salaries, opportunities for advancement and workplace culture – to decide if a job will work for you. Employment agencies have the information you need to help with every step of the job search, from deciding whether to apply to how to negotiate your salary once you’re hired.


4: They Get You to Work

Sometimes, finding the ideal industry or right salary range isn’t your first priority. When you find yourself returning to the job market, you don’t always have the luxury to be picky. You just need to get back to work. Employment agencies, especially those that aren’t specialised by industry, connect you to temporary, contract or permanent jobs almost immediately, so you’re never losing income even while you’re still job hunting for your next opportunity.


5: They Help You Search

The legwork of finding that next opportunity is a full-time job in itself and can be especially daunting if you haven’t done it in a while. As soon as you set up a profile or make a call, employment agencies start finding you matches based on your credentials and requirements. Turning to an employment agency takes the search off your plate, freeing you to take an interim job, courses, or any other steps that will get you back into the working game.


6: They Keep You Current

Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Are you taking advantage of personal branding? Involved with the right professional associations? Is your networking strategy creative enough? Overwhelmed? Of course! Who wouldn’t be? Staying current in today’s job market – and trying to keep up with all of the advice about how to do it – is overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. An employment agency can tune out the noise and tell you what you really need to get the job, regardless of your age, skill level or experience. They have the insider knowledge about what today’s employers expect and can get you started in acquiring what you need to keep up. At Alpha North Group, we give our candidates real, manageable ways to navigate today’s job market, and even have a dedicated space where they can access the internet if they aren’t equipped to get online at home. Employment agencies understand the challenges of modern work and strive to keep their candidates informed and in control of the process.


Every day, professionals returning to the job market make Alpha North Group their first call. We make the transition easy and connect them to great employers who want their expertise and experience. We can do the same for you. Contact us today.

How to Find a Good Temp Agency in Toronto. Part 2

They use the city.
Understanding and working with the unique employment ecosystem of Toronto is integral to a temp agency’s ability to make successful connections. A good temp agency understands how the city influences the way people work and uses this knowledge to look beyond the usual qualifications to make great matches.

Toronto has the wonderful advantage of being home to a culturally and ethnically diverse population. A good local agency should have the tools to see diversity as a part of life and not a barrier. For job searchers who aren’t fluent in English or are new to the city, a Toronto temp agency is a way to connect to employers that have the right tools and workplace culture to help you succeed – something that may prove harder for an agency with little familiarity with the city and its employers.

Toronto temp agencies are unparalleled in terms of local choice. Toronto works 24-7 and its many industries need all kinds of employees, which translates into opportunities, especially for candidates looking to test new career paths or accommodate non-traditional schedules. In a city of 5 million and growing, turning to a Toronto temp agency can also connect clients to a huge range of talent. It’s ideal for filling a big order with quality employees and even more ideal when you’re trying to find someone with a niche skill set. By default, Toronto temp agencies have access to more employers, more candidates, and more variety. A good local temp agency knows it, and isn’t afraid to use it to their – and your – advantage.

Matches that work logistically – giving clients employees who are able to be on time, show up at a moment’s notice, or have reliable access to transportation to get to and from work every day – is an often overlooked element of successful, happy career connections. Taking the logistics of getting to and from work seriously is especially important in a gridlocked metropolis with a transit system that’s struggling to keep up. A good Toronto-based temp agency will understand what it really means to get to work in the city and are better equipped to find reasonably accessible workplaces and deliver reliable, punctual candidates to their clients.

They build great relationships.
Good temp agencies use great service and strong relationships to build lasting partnerships with their clients and connect the best candidates to great jobs. A good agency’s service puts you first. They should be there when you need them, meet your timelines, answer your questions, and address your concerns and problems fairly. Beyond that, a good agency gives you the kind of individual attention that results in successful connections. Great employer-employee matches are made by employment experts who approach the hiring process with passion and creativity, and know the right questions to ask to make sure your expectations are met. That means working closely with their clients to understand their workplaces and decipher what kind of employees help them prosper, and working closely with their temps to make sure they make mutually beneficial connections. By being thorough in getting to know their clients and candidates, an agency equips itself to build strong databases and match any job to any employee. And, once they’ve made that great match, a good agency will always follow up to make sure you’re satisfied with their service.

At Alpha North Group, we want finding a great local temp agency to be easy. If you have any questions about our temp connection services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Take Breaks: Most people think that taking a break at work is the equivalent of wasting time, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Taking a break gives you renewed energy, without breaks by the end of the day you will start to feel tired and therefore will work much slower. Breaks will rejuvenate your mind and allow you to get back to work feeling re-energized and motivated.

Create a To-Do List: Work can sometimes feel overwhelming, Arriving at work in the morning you may feel that you have so much to do and no clue about how you are going to get it all done. A great solution for this is to take a few minutes at the beginning of your day to organize all your tasks. Write down everything you need to accomplish that day and then prioritize it according to how important each task is and how much time each task will take to complete. Once you have a plan it is much more manageable to get everything done well and on time.

Don’t Multitask: There is a universal myth that people are able to multitask. Multitasking is actually just a way to switch between tasks quickly, it is not a way to do multiple tasks at the same time. When you multitask you are distracted and therefore more likely to make a mistake. Instead of multitasking organize your work so that you are able to truly focus on one task at a time.

Know When To Ask For Help: It doesn’t benefit anyone if you take on more work than you can handle. You may feel like it would impress your boss if you take on a heavier workload. However, if you have more work then you can complete, then your performance will suffer. Asking for help is a great way to make sure you are not overwhelmed and are able to complete all your tasks, make sure that they are done well and not be stressed out at work .

Learn To Say No: Sometimes you will be asked to do things at work that are not your priority, you don’t have time to finish or you simply don’t know how to do. It is a natural reaction to simply say yes. You want to be liked, and you don’t want to disappoint anyone. However, sometimes saying yes is a mistake. It leaves you vulnerable to complete tasks poorly or not at all, resulting in the opposite reaction of what you intended. Saying no, when you know you wont be able to complete a task to your highest abilities is beneficial not only to you but to the entire company.

Keep Your Work Space Organized: whether you are a CEO of a major corporation or the General laborer at a factory, your work-space is where you spend the majority of your day. Keeping your work-space organized is essential to your productivity. As a rule, if you use it once a day or more, it can stay. Otherwise, pack it away.

Eliminate Personal Distractions: Unnecessary distractions are workplace poison. Whether its a talkative coworker, or simply going online to constantly check your email or to answer text messages. These distractions don’t simply waste work time, they make it very difficult to concentrate on the tasks you are trying to complete. Allow yourself break times, check your email once and socialize with coworkers during your lunch break. However, after a break get back to the task at hand distraction free and ready to work. 

Reward Yourself: Lastly, it’s important to reward yourself. Once you have become more productive at work you should celebrate and feel truly accomplished. Your boss and coworkers will be pleased but you should also be proud of yourself. Buy yourself a treat or indulge in a getaway. It’s great when those around you recognize how hard you are working, but its also important to be proud of your own accomplishments.

This entry was posted in News and tagged : , , on August 27th, 2014