Okay, let me revisit this topic ONE MORE TIME. People have asked me many times since my post on this topic years ago: “Should I use a Temporary Hiring Agency, or a Hiring Agency to find a job, then approach the employer directly to get hired for a full time job?” Spoiler alert: that would be UNETHICAL!!
Look. Everything in life is based on TRUST. Once you start violating trust everything and everyone becomes suspicious and human activity spirals to the bottom, to the ugliest behavior. Once one party breaks the bond of trust, other parties will cheat as well. So, don’t. Don’t break that bond of trust. Don’t cheat on your hiring agency.
If you are looking for a job, do the hard work yourself. Update your resume. Send out hundreds of resumes. Knock on the doors of personnel departments. Fill out applications galore. Do all of it…this website is filled with over 200 posts of which many are related to resumes, job hunting, interviewing tactics…use my search box or scan the archives for topics to help you with your questions…such as, “Will a bad profile photo on LinkedIn.com hurt me?”…and yes it will. Read my post filled with tips by searching this site for “Profile Photos”.
Here’s the point. If you want to hunt for a job, go direct unless you have restrictions on your time or your personality is not suited to doing so. But if you use a placement firm for either a full-time or part-time job, then respect the terms of your agreement. That’s a legal agreement and often there are penalties for trying to screw your placement agency.
Hiring agencies can be helpful. But they can also be hurtful, too.
Once you sign with a hiring agency, they will bind you into a contract that will prohibit you from directly asking for full-time employment at the employer they are placing you with. Once you are placed by them, you have to respect their terms and conditions.
But there are ETHICAL STEPS you can take to drop a strong hint to the potential employer that you would love to have a full-time job at their company. It combines common sense and patience. It revolves around creating such a positive wake that the employer may want to approach you rather than you having to violate the terms of your contract.
As one more consideration, some placement agencies have a strict condition that if you apply for a job at the company they place you with, and you do not get the job after they did the hard work of getting you there, then you are barred at applying for future jobs at that employer. The placement agency will drop you like a hot potato, too. At that point, you’d be back to square one having to hunt for jobs on your own.
Do read the terms and conditions of your contract with the placement agency before they find you a job and then respect those terms after they find you a job.
Despite that, nothing ought to prevent you from actively creating a very strong and powerful positive impression in your new workplace:
- Work hard and harder than the full-time employees who work in your environment.
- Be pleasant and nice to everyone.
- Say hello, FREQUENTLY, to the managers in EVERY department, and also to the people who work in the human resource department to make yourself known.
- Frequently mention to your colleagues in your work environment that you would love to become a full-time employee someday. (If they know your desire to become a full-timer, they many mention it to the right people when they become aware of a hiring opportunity.)
- Let it gently be known to the managers around you and in other departments not directly related to your existing job, GENTLY, that you’d be willing to take on additional tasks in addition to those for which you were hired.
- If offered additional tasks, or alternate tasks, take them on willingly, thankfully, and with a smile.
- Personal chemistry matters. Ask the employing company, that is, ask the right people there, if you can join their social or charitable groups. That’s a great way to rub shoulders with the company’s employees after hours and to create the opportunities for them to bond with you. Word will get back to the right decision makers that you are a great fit with the company’s culture.
- FLOAT at lunchtime. Don’t act like a recluse at lunchtime. If there is a cafeteria, eat your lunch there, but never eat alone. Each lunchtime is an opportunity to ask if you can join a new table. Being NEW gives you and everyone else a lot of leeway and is the very excuse you and they need for you to be somewhat clumsy with social etiquette. Meaning, the “I’m new…” is a tool to break those lunchtime cliques and departmental clusters, and expose youself to new people and, more importantly them to you.
- Remember names. If you have a problem remembering names then dig out a memory aid or use a tool to capture the names of people you met.
- Nod. Smile. Say, “Hello” by NAME. Whenever you move around, walk the halls on your way to a meeting or for any reason, look passers-by in the eye. Have a smile. Nod your head in acknowledgement. And do so say hello by name.
- Read my other posts about:
- raising your profile,
- building your personal brand,
- making yourself a valuable employee.
…I have lots of stuff on this website that will help you to create a positive impression. Visit my archives or use my search box.