Any bees work in staffing/sales?

posted 4 months ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

mrstaylorlevy :  I’m an in house recruiter for my company, I’ve never worked at a staffing company but I work with staffing companies when I need to fill a temp role or WH role as I just hire permanent sales employees at my company. I can say that I have seen a lot of turnover at the agencies, my account rep is always changing because someone is leaving. I’ve also had friends who work for staffing companies and from what I hear, it’s pretty cut throat and competitive. So if you thrive in an environment like that and have that head hunter mentality  I think you could definitely make some $$.

It’s also an extremely competitive market, unemployment is at an all time low, so hiring/recruiting is definitely getting harder. Less candidates than there are jobs so just keep that in mind as well.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I have a friend who works for a similar company. She is a perfect fit for the role – very positive and great at understanding what hiring managers need, good at seizing opportunity (and not being afraid to go after it), and very, very confident, sometimes to the point of being overly so. She actually did end up making 100k+ after a couple of years, and is now making far more than that.

However, the type of account you are assigned to can make or break how successful you are. My successful friend has mentioned multiple times to me when her colleagues quit or are fired because the account or type of account they work on doesn’t have enough business to support them. She also says that her role doesn’t utilize all of her skills, and she takes part in a lot of extracurriculars to get the intellectual stimulation she needs. She works a very flexible schedule and about 40 hours each week, but she also complains about the amount of travel to clients.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I spent years working in In-House recruitment and worked with agencies all the time. Yes, you can earn a nice commission, but it is very cut throat and you need to make sure you can live off you base.

I know a lot of people from agencies move in house as soon as they can. Usually when they get married / have babies. Very few carry on to the top.

That said, I have a friend in Australia who worked in agencies for years – she did really well and was chosen to go and open their Sydney office (she is a Brit) A few years ago the culture just got to her so much that she quit to start her own agency. Her husband is a recruiter too and they make a really nice living from that.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

mrstaylorlevy :  Yeah… I probably wouldn’t be willing to work 12 hour days unless I was guaranteed x amount of money, I really value my work life balance. I have people from staffing agencies emailing me at night, on the weekends, I believe I got an email on Thanksgiving even. 

If you haven’t already, I would check and see if the company has a profile on Glassdoor.com and see if there are any reviews from current/past employees, might give you a bit more insight as to what it’s like to work there.

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