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 a taxi medallion?
Used to identify an individual taxi, a taxi medallion is a series of letters and numbers that is unique to each cab. It is usually located on the hood, license plate, or roof of the taxi, and it may also be listed on your receipt. Getting this information is essential if you want to follow up with the taxi service about a driver's performance or if you leave something in the cab.
How many passengers can ride in a taxi?
The number of passengers that can ride in a sedan taxi is four or five, including the driver. Minivan and van taxis have more capacity. In many states, children are required to be in a car seat in a taxi, so check with the taxi company beforehand if traveling with a child.
Do taxi cabs accept credit cards?
Taxi cabs usually accept credit cards, and in larger cities like Boston, New York, and San Francisco, they are required by law to do so. Taxi drivers have to pay a small processing fee on credit-card fares, and in some cases, they may seek to avoid this fee by telling you they'll only accept a cash payment. In situations like this, take note of the driver's medallion number and file a report to the agency that regulates taxis in your city.
What are some tips for taking a taxi?
To take a taxi, start by either hailing the cab on the street or booking one online or via phone. It's a good idea to do some online research beforehand to get a sense of how much the fare should cost for your trip, as this may help you avoid being taken advantage of by a dishonest cab driver. Also: It's safest to enter and exit the cab on the same side as the sidewalk.
Is it customary to tip a taxi driver?
Yes, it is customary to tip a taxi driver. The tip amount usually ranges from 15-20 percent of the total fare. When deciding how much to tip, give some thought to the quality of service provided by the taxi driver. A good taxi driver is friendly and helpful, and knows the area well enough to get you to your destination without asking for directions.
Taxi fare is calculated using a meter, which looks at distance traveled and waiting time, and combines these things to generate a fare. Some meters are incredibly sophisticated, offering features such as Bluetooth support for smartphones and tablets, and seat sensors that detect the presence of a passenger.