Panel Discussion: Learn the Tricks to Finding Your Next Career Using Staffing and Recruiting Firms
Years ago, one could find a job at a company and, with hard work, retire from that same company years later. The world has changed and with it so has the practice of employment. Now, some large corporations are using staffing agencies to fill positions on a project-by-project basis, others fill open positions by offering temporary contracts through recruiting companies, and then convert the best-performing contractors to permanent employees after the contracts expire.
Working with staffing agencies can be a win-win situation for job-seekers, if done well: workers get resume-strengthening experience, solid income, and networking opportunities in their field of expertise - while companies get qualified employees focused on accomplishing specific objectives without the company getting distracted from its core competencies due to a complicated search for talent. In this informative panel presentation, representatives of St. Louis staffing and recruiting agencies will give you a behind-the-scenes look at their processes, highlight the benefits of working with staffing firms, shed light on common myths, and help you navigate potential pitfalls.
The panel will discuss the following topics:
- What questions you should ask the staffing agency before partnering with them
- What recruiters look for in candidates – from resumes to phone interviews – and how to stand out from the crowd
- How staffing agencies “sell” candidates to client companies and what companies expect from agencies and contractors
- Common misconceptions, pitfalls, and red flags while working with staffing agencies
- Q&A with GO! Network members – your concerns and questions for staffing and temp agencies
About our panelists:
Lori Eaton: Vice President – Sales and Recruiting, NextGen Information Services. Lori has been in the staffing and recruiting industry for sixteen years. She oversees a variety of professional services and outsourced business solutions at NextGen, including a tenured, centralized recruiting team headquartered in St. Louis and with offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, and Bangalore. While NextGen staffs positions in clerical, professional services, accounting, payroll, executive, and engineering and scientific categories, they specialize in Information Services and Project Services staffing.
Kristina Wilson: Recruitment and Sourcing Manager, NextGen Information Services. Kristina started her career as an HR administrator, then moved into technical recruiting, and now she manages and trains technical recruiters at NextGen. She enjoys helping professionals in the IT industry strategically develop their careers and loves placing quality candidates into her clients’ organizations. She also loves networking in the community, finding opportunities to collaborate, and mentoring individuals.
Jennifer Millich: Senior Executive Search Partner, Benskin and Hott Talent Partners. Originally working in the medical field, Jennifer moved into executive recruiting over six years ago. Her expertise is in identifying key professional strengths of individuals and aligning those with great career opportunities. Benskin and Hott is based in St. Louis and provides both local and national executive and professional search services as well as interim talent solutions for immediate and critical needs in the areas of Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, and General Management, and they specialize in tailoring every search to the different goals, needs, and preferences of the organizations with whom they partner.
Jason Fry: Sourcing Specialist, NextGen Information Services. Jason started and managed a language and communication training company in Chennai, India, where he lived for four years. He also has worked in non-profit management and was a member of GO! Network during a transitional phase in 2011. Now at NextGen, he finds and pre-qualifies candidates for job opportunities nationwide.
8:00 – 9:00 AM Coffee & Networking
8:15 – 9:00 AM New Member Orientation
9:00 – 11: 30 AM Panel Discussion: Learn the Tricks to Finding Your Next Career Using Staffing and Recruiting Firms
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Introduction to LinkedIn