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Level the Job-Search Playing Field

Let’s face it: in some ways, the job market is like a game. You might succeed. Or, it might be a swing and a miss. 

It’s easy to feel like the job market is rigged against you. And the truth is, the job market isn’t always fair. 

Here’s the good news: A staffing recruiter is your secret weapon.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the problems job seekers face in today’s tough market, and how a staffing firm can help level the playing field.

Important Note:

Before we dive into the job market's hurdles, let's get something straight: most employers are on the up and up. They're all about ethical practices, professional treatment and fair play. Sure, there are obstacles to navigate in the job search game, but that doesn't take away from the reputable hiring practices most companies engage in day in, day out.

Problem How a Staffing Firm Can Help

Fake Job Listings

Fake or “phantom” job postings are a growing problem in today’s market. Sometimes, overburdened HR departments fill a role but forget to take the listing down. Other times, companies use a listing to gauge the market and what they can expect to pay for a particular skill set – with no intention of filling the position.

Legitimate Job Opportunities

Staffing firms have access to legitimate job opportunities with your area’s best employers, and recruiters can help you navigate through fake job listings that may mislead job seekers.

Additionally, recruiters often have access to exclusive job openings that aren’t listed publicly, or even upcoming vacancies that companies are looking to fill. This gives job seekers firsthand access to top roles that the competition can’t see.


Some employers are more communicative than others. Unfortunately, some companies take a long time to respond or may even “ghost” job seekers entirely, leading to frustration and wasted time.

Open Communication Channels

Staffing firms maintain robust communication with job seekers. You can expect to be kept up to date throughout the entire process, from initial application all the way through to onboarding. And if you ever have questions or concerns during the hiring process, all you need to do is reach out.

Low Pay

Job seekers are often lowballed – meaning they’re offered compensation that is significantly below the job market standard. This is especially likely when unemployment is high or there is a large applicant pool.     

Insider Market Knowledge and Personalized Advocacy

Recruiters act as your career advocate throughout the job search process, and they stay abreast of current market trends and pay rates. They’ll help with salary and compensation negotiations, ensuring that you’re not lowballed and receive fair compensation based on your experience and the going market rate.


Some job opportunities aren’t filled because of merit, but because of who someone knows. Employers might give preference to a family member or friend rather than someone who might be more qualified for the position, leaving job seekers in the lurch. 

Merit-Based Placement

Your recruiter will present you to employers based solely on merit – the skills, experience, and work ethic that make you the right fit for the position. With them acting as your advocate, the impact of nepotism in your job search will be greatly decreased.

Job Misrepresentation

Though not necessarily intentional, sometimes a job might be characterized or represented as one thing, and then turn out to be very different once you start working. For job seekers, this can be disappointing and frustrating – and it can lead to a loss of faith in the organization.     

Accurate Job Listings

A recruiter will work closely with both you and the employer to ensure the job listing and the offer itself match. Open lines of communication between all parties make it so you’re never misled when it comes to the job you’re signing up for.

Lack of Necessary Skills or Experience

There are times when you would love to apply for a job, but just don’t feel you have all the necessary skills. You might skip applying for that job entirely – but you never know when you could be missing out on a great opportunity.    

Identification of Transferable Skills and Potential

Your recruiter will help you learn to recognize your transferable skills and experience. This helps you build confidence and highlight the applicability of your existing skills, making you more appealing to employers.

As you consider these job-hunting challenges, remember that plenty of employers are doing their best to keep things fair and positive. And that's exactly where staffing firms come into play. They're the perfect middleman, connecting you with those top-notch employers and leveling the playing field.

Tired of the Job Market Pitching You Curveballs?

If you’re ready to overcome the hurdles you face in today’s job market, let’s talk! Contact your staffing partner today to unlock your full potential with the help of an experienced recruiter.

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