Technology has transformed how people look and apply for jobs, and nowhere is this more true than in the gig economy. This includes the companies, apps and people who provide rideshare services, food/grocery delivery, and even low-skill clerical tasks, that allows them the ability to work “on-demand.”
On the one hand, this is a great prospect for people who have been out of work, or don’t have a lot of job experience, or those who are just looking to work a few hours here and there. It can be good for people who need to care for family members or are in school and need to juggle their responsibilities. But the gig economy isn’t perfect. There’s very little in the way of benefits or support if things go wrong, and the pay can be low.
Instead, consider working with a staffing agency if a full-time job isn’t currently the right fit. Staffing agencies can provide options for temporary and part-time work and working with a recruiter can give you an inside connection if things change and you need a full-time position.
Here’s why working with a staffing agency is a smarter approach.
- Flexibility with protection. Maybe you’re unexpectedly looking for a new job but don’t know what you want to do next. A staffing agency can help you find temporary, full-time or part-time jobs so you’re able to still have an income while you figure out your next move.
- Recruiters and staffing agencies are people-powered, not app-based. The job searching process can be lonely and frustrating. By working with a staffing agency, you’ll have someone you can call for advice and help, a real person with whom you can have a conversation and talk through your situation. Plus, most agencies have a real office where you can visit or apply in-person and talk to actual employees.
- Staffing agencies know who’s looking and what they want. Whatever kind of hours and commitment you’re looking for, a staffing agency can work with you to find the right job, or jobs, to fit your needs. If you’re going back to school and are only available for midnight or evening shifts, a recruiter can find a job that will fit your schedule. If you’re looking for part-time work because there are family members to care for, a recruiter will let you know about any part-time work, either temporary or permanent, that needs your experience. This kind of focused and directed effort to match your availability with the open positions from active employers can save you so much time and stress!
- You’ll have support every step of the way. If you pick up gigs based on an app, you’re basically on your own. There are no managers to call or bosses to call for help solving a problem. These jobs rarely have any kind of benefits package, meaning there are no paid sick days, no time off, no guaranteed wages. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. With a job secured through a staffing agency, you might be eligible for all of those benefits and more! If you get a placement through a staffing agency and it’s not working out, let your recruiter know and they’ll help you find a new opportunity. It’s that simple.
The gig economy promises flexibility, being your own boss, making your own schedule and other things that sound really attractive and exciting. But the truth is, many people who work in the gig economy also have more solid, steady jobs. The gig economy means little to no stability or protections; working with a staffing agency can go a long way toward helping you secure real financial freedom and flexibility.
If you’re ready to make a change and find a reliable job, it’s time to call Davis Staffing. We have great clients looking for candidates with all kinds of interests and availability; we can help you find a full-time, part-time or temporary job (or jobs) and we’re ready to get you back to work quickly. Call Davis Staffing today and let’s get started!