What is an agency?

What is an employment agency?

There are several types of employment agencies, from temporary to direct-hire and contingency, retainer-based, and contract recruiting. For example, Steffan & Co., Inc. is a contingency-based direct-hire placement agency that provides retainer executive searches and contract recruiting paid hourly for clients.

No fees are charged to a candidate looking for a job. Our client companies pay our fees over and above your salary. So, the Urban Legend that if you go through an agency, a client will reduce your compensation or pick the candidate without a fee is invalid. Our clients choose the best candidate for the job, and 93% of the time, an agency candidate is selected. Why? Because you are better prepared, have more knowledge about the job and firm, and have been provided valuable interview training by our expert staff.

How does an agency work?

We at Steffan & Co., Inc. can email or call us to assist you in finding a great candidate or job.   Our process starts with determining if we are the best for you.  We then ask you to email a copy of your resume or job description to review and follow up with a call to discuss your needs.

Interviewing is done remotely by video to minimize your time away from work and for your safety. During the interview, we will review your resume and learn more about you and your next career move or the type of candidate for your job.

How long will it take to find a job or candidate?

We have placed candidates and filled jobs within 24 hours of meeting with us, and for more specialized jobs, up to one month.  It all depends on our open positions and the qualified candidates available.  We keep you in our active database for three years and will contact you immediately when a job or suitable candidate comes in. We understand how anxious one can become while waiting for a call, so please feel free to call, email, or text us about your application or job status.

What happens when an interview is scheduled with a client?

Once an interview is scheduled, we will prepare you for the interview process by going over the firm, job, and who you are meeting.  We will provide articles and information to review and do a mock interview to prepare you to get an offer.

Who handles an offer?

When a client is ready to make an offer, they will make it through Steffan & Co.  We will negotiate the best salary and employment package for you and handle any pre-existing vacation dates, medical appointments, or other time off in your first six months of employment. Once the offer is confirmed, we will present it for your review, approval, and acceptance.

We check supervisory references, education verification, and, in some cases, background checks.

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