Tips & Advice
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for companies?
The benefits of using a staffing agency as a company is that it takes a lot of the burden and expense of searching for qualified candidates away from the company, and places all the recruitment, screening, and testing responsibility onto the agency. It also allows companies to “try out” new employees without fully committing to them--i.e. onboarding with benefits and government tax paperwork. In industries where there’s a lot of turnover, or where needs fluctuate, companies appreciate working with staffing agencies that can fill many spots with qualified part-time talent for as long as the company needs them and no longer. In simple terms, a staffing agency reduces the “cost per hire” and protects companies from having to pay unemployment on employees that weren’t around for very long.
When it comes to using a recruiter-type of specialized agency, the benefit is nearly opposite in that these agencies devote time to finding the best passive candidates (i.e. those who are not looking to switch jobs) and convincing them to move the client company.
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for job seekers?
The benefits of using a staffing agencies if you’re a job seeker is that the agency gets a commission for placing candidates, so they have incentive to place people in positions. At their best, they actively have people searching for new openings every day, and they also have people working to match the best candidates up with those openings. Even the not-so-great staffing agencies are still doing the “leg work” of combing through opportunities and sending resumes/applications out on behalf of their job-seeker clients. They might be sending through many candidates for the same positions, but it’s still better than nothing.
Another benefit is that if a candidate finds work through a staffing agency, in many cases they’ll receive benefits, or be paid as an employee, instead of being a 1099 contractor as many companies set up their contractors and freelancers these days.
What does a staffing agency do?
A staffing agency matches job candidates up with available positions. Many agencies also actively recruit new candidates for fields where there are many openings, or where there’s high turnover--or, on the flip side, where a job requires a highly specialized and qualified type of candidate. Staffing agencies range from high-volume temp agencies that place many people for short-term openings to very specialized niche agencies (AKA recruiters or headhunters) that only work with a select number of highly desirable candidates and high-paying jobs.
What is the difference between the ACT and the SAT?
Both tests are very similar and test on nearly identical subjects. The major differences between the ACT and the SAT are that the ACT includes a science test section and the SAT has a math section that you cannot use a calculator on. Both tests are timed, but the SAT test gives you more time per question. There are key math components that are different. For example, the ACT has a greater focus on geometry then the SAT. The SAT factors in math more, so if that is not your strong suit, consider the ACT. The last key difference is the optional essay section. On the SAT you will read and analyze a passage, and dissect the author’s position using evidence and logical reasoning. You do not give opinions. On the ACT essay you will read and analyze the passage’s issue and provide not only different perspectives on the issue, but a personal opinion as well. Outside of the method of scoring, those are the major differences between the two tests.
What is a good ACT score?
The American College Testing (ACT) scores are the average of the test takers sectional scores in math, science, English, and reading: 36 is the highest possible score, and one is the lowest. The average ACT score is 20.8, which puts you in the top 50 percentile, so 21 and above puts you in the upper echelon. Getting 24 is a strong score, puts you in the top 25 percent and gives you more colleges to choose from. Anything above 24 is a very strong test score. Once you get more than 24 you are in the top 20% and from there your chances are outstanding. Obviously each institution has there own standards, but generally speaking, higher scores are a good way to push your application to the top of the stack, in what can be a very competitive environment.
What is a good SAT score?
The best score you can get in your SAT’s (Standard Aptitude Test) is a 1600, so if you can reach that, you’re probably a lock for any school in the country. The average score on the SATs is between 1000 and 1100, so a score in that area puts you in the “50th percentile,” which is the minimum you should be shooting for. Getting 1200 to 1300 is going to separate you from the pack, and above 1300 puts you in the upper echelon. Since this is literally a competition, you cannot aim for average if you want to maximize your chances (and options). If you do grade out near the average, don’t freak out, you will still qualify for plenty of schools, and scores are just area a school looks at for admission.
What is a good GPA for getting into college?
Your GPA will have a major impact on the school you get in to. For the most competitive colleges you are probably going to need a 3.5 – 4.0 GPA, which is the highest and means an “A” average. The minimum most schools will take is a 2.5, which is a C-plus average. Online schools and for-profit institutions might have lesser standards, but those are going to be the minimum and maximum ranges for admission into most schools. If you have a 4.0, you will likely have your pick of colleges. The minimum you should be aiming for is probably a 3.0. Remember, college admissions are competitive, the higher your GPA, the higher up the ladder you are from the competition. GPA is only one of the factors for college. High SATs or ACTs, the other major factor in the admission process, and can potentially offset a lower GPA. However, each school sets its own admission standards.
What to expect from college?
The truth is that college is going to be what you make it. There are so many schools and so many choices that the college experience of the past is not going to be the same for everyone. With the emergence of commuter and online schools, you don’t even have to go to a campus anymore to get a degree. Yay, right? Not necessarily. While that convenience is a fantastic option for many people, particularly adults who may have day jobs, there is nothing quite like being a full-time student on a campus and taking advantage of the entire experience like dorms, Greek houses, student body events and activities, and game day if you go to a school with major sports programs. Your situation will dictate your experience. If you’re lucky, you get to go to a school of your choice and live the college life. If that is not an option for you, you can still get a quality education without that experience.
What does it mean for a university to be accredited?
Being accredited is a process by which most institutions of higher education are validated. Standards for curriculum, etc., are set by peer review boards, which are made up of members of other various accredited colleges and universities. The board sets the standards, and learning institutions that meet those standards sare deemed accredited. The upside is a quality education. The downside is it sets a minimum standard that not everyone can meet. Accreditation can be national or regional. Not every employer or other school (if you are planning to apply for another degree) recognizes degrees or credits from non-accredited schools.
What is an Ivy League university?
An Ivy League school is one of the eight members of the Ivy League, which is an athletic conference on the East Coast. Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, Colgate, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Dartmouth, and Cornell make up the Ivy League. These schools are recognized for being among the most elite academic institutions in the country, not athletic excellence. Actually, their athletic departments rarely compete for titles in the major sports (football, baseball and basketball), but are quite competitive in event like lacrosse and rowing.