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.
Will sleeping with contact lenses on damage the eye?
In theory, sleeping with your contacts in is generally fine, provided they are designed for this. Most lenses are meant to be in the eyes continuously for days at a time, making nighttime wear perfectly fine. However, it is always better if you can take them out, but if they are clean and worn within the recommended time frame, night time wearing is generally OK.
Do contact lenses require a separate prescription?
Yes, you will need to get a separate prescription specifically for contact lenses. While lenses sit directly on the eye, glasses sit further out, so that distance makes all the difference in the world and means you’ll need a slightly different prescription.
How much do contact lenses cost?
The market is flooded with so many different brands of contacts that it makes prices pretty affordable. You can get a box of lenses that will last you 90 days for under $15, and the prices go up from there. There are always going to be factors, such as brand, where you buy, and quantity that affect the prices, but a quick internet search and you will find an endless supply and competitive prices. Some insurance plans cover all or part of the cost, so check your coverage plan for details.
Can wearing contact lenses for too long damage the eye?
Yes, wearing contacts for too long can absolutely damage your eye. Contacts are meant to be worn for a specific amount of time, anywhere from one to 30 days. Do not exceed the recommended usage. It is imperative that you clean your lenses as directed or you can increase your chances of irritation, infection, or eye damage. Contacts have a limited life span and must be replaced as directed, because wearing them too long can potentially cause damage to the eye.
Are contact lenses comfortable?
Most contact wearers find them to be comfortable. The real trick in comfort is in adapting to wearing contacts initially. Soft contacts might be more comfortable than hard ones. Overall, everyone’s sensitivity to contacts is going to be different. Part of the comfort is going to be keeping them clean and maintained as directed.
Are colored contact lenses bad for the eyes?
As long as your contacts are fitted properly by an eye doctor, they should be fine for your eyes. Colored contacts are a popular cosmetic item, and as such, some people don’t necessarily consider the health effects of non-prescription lenses. Always have any eyewear fitted and prescribed by an eye doctor. Just because the lenses are not prescription based doesn’t mean there aren’t potential hazards, especially if you find cheap, low quality, or poor fitting ones.
Can contact lenses be worn on a daily basis?
You can absolutely wear your contacts on a daily basis. In fact, that is what they are designed for. In some cases you can wear them for up to 30 days in a row, but that’s the extreme example. Most contacts are meant to be worn for days or even a couple weeks at a time. However, it is imperative you maintain, clean, and replace them as directed.