Over the past few months, we've been listening to your questions and comments about working with staffing firms and wanted to address them through a four-part series: Staffing Myths. While we know there is always room for improvement, we hope this series provides some insight into our processes to help debunk these myths, and ultimately help you land your next job!
One of the most common questions staffing firms get are, “why is the employer’s name omitted from the online job posting?” It is certainly understandable why a job seeker might be weary of applying for a job without knowing the employer’s name. Below we break down the explanations for what some job seekers might think is a “fake job post”, detailing the different types of job posts out there.
Typical Job Postings
Take a look at any of these technology jobs on Kforce.com and you’ll notice that many of them do not include the employer’s name or the exact address or location of the particular position. Typically, information like this is excluded from the job description, due to agreements staffing firms may have with the client (a.k.a. the employer).
- First view the job description in detail to see if you meet the requirements and qualifications.
- If you are still interested in applying for the job, it’s a good idea to submit your resume and even reach out to your recruiter who may be able to tell you a bit more information, such as if the employer is billion-dollar global firm with local needs or a smaller start-up company.
Job Postings Based on Client’s Anticipated Needs
Oftentimes, an employer may realize that finding top candidates for a particular skill set, such as Java development, can be a challenge in the city or state where they operate. In order to stay ahead of these types of hiring needs, staffing firms may post a job opening to gather candidate resumes. The description may even mention that there are multiple openings for a particular position without listing an exact location.
The goal here though, is for the staffing firm to quickly gather these in-demand professionals’ updated resumes so the firm can instantly contact you when an employer has a key opportunity they need to fill immediately.
- Rather than applying for a job that is days or weeks old, applying through this method can potentially give you an edge up on the competition. A recruiter is more likely to contact a candidate who has an updated resume on file rather than going through the process of posting a job, which could take a few days and not meet the employer’s immediate hiring needs.
While it may be a challenge to decipher each type of job posting once it’s online, it’s always a good idea to touch base with your recruiter about your individual needs and career goals. Keep your resume up to date and search for opportunities that are truly a good fit for you.