Many healthcare staffing agencies are advertising jobs on social media these days. If you’ve never worked with a staffing agency before, it might be tempting to click on those ads to apply immediately. But that might be a mistake because not all agencies or contracts are the same.
Taking time to evaluate your options will help you choose the right agency for you and, ultimately, the right job.
Don’t Make These Common Mistakes
CNAs new to staffing agencies may not know what to look for when choosing an agency. Don’t make the mistake of signing with an agency before you’ve evaluated all they offer (or don’t offer!). You might be missing out on a better fit.
Here are some of the most common mistakes CNAs make when choosing a staffing agency.
Not asking about their average number of available placements
You should never have to worry about finding your next assignment. An agency that can maintain a full list of available contracts is more likely to keep you employed when and where you want to be.
You may prefer full- or part-time hours, specific shifts, and certain locations. An agency should maintain enough jobs to give you options when you need them. That’s how you’ll maintain flexibility and work-life balance.
Not checking out the variety of placements
You may have a preferred facility type or specialty, or you may like variety in your placements. An agency with contracts in various settings and specialties ensures that you can find the best fit either way. Some agencies only staff hospitals, while others work with nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals.
Signing up with an inexperienced agency
Agencies that have been in business for more than a few years have valuable experience, an understanding of the industry, and connections in the industry. They’ll know how to find the best jobs and how to navigate any problems you might encounter on assignment.
Assuming that benefits are or are not available
Your paycheck is only one part of your compensation. The benefits that an agency offers can have a significant impact on your pay and quality of life. Some agencies offer benefits like health insurance for their full-time employees, though some do not. Always ask about benefits.
Ignoring that gut feeling
As you’re researching an agency and talking to a recruiter, you’ll get a feel for how they operate. You’ll learn about what’s important to them and if they can offer you everything you need in an agency. Sometimes your gut feeling is the best clue to what your next step should be. If it feels right, you’ll know.
You Deserve the Best Fit
Working with the right staffing agency can be an incredibly rewarding experience. When you find the right fit, you’ll have better, more enjoyable contracts and confidence that your agency has your back.