Staffing Agencies


A new potential way to find work has, odd as it sounds, found me. Here’s what happened: I was online, applying for projects and I applied for one through what I now know was advertised through a staffing agency. The agency is a creative staffing agency that happens to be local for me. A representative called me and I have an appointment to go meet with a recruiter next week. I can’t really say much on if this will work or not, but I can say that initially when I hung up the phone I wanted to call right back and cancel my appointment.

Here’s the thing, I am a freelance writer, I charge a decent hourly rate, I work from home and I like (really I do) looking for my own work. One red flag when I spoke to the staffing agency was that most of their work is for on-site projects. This I’m willing to try only IF it is a job I really want to work on. So, right there we might have a problem. The second red flag was that they really didn’t seem to care so much that I have an online portfolio. Umm, when working with “creative” people and trying to help them find work, an online portfolio is pretty important.

However, aside from those two red flags, I’m very willing to give them a try. What can it hurt, right? Plus, I stumbled upon these two posts on staffing agencies: Why I’ve Lost Faith in Creative Staffing Agencies, by Susan Johnston over at  The Urban Muse and 6 Ways You Can Add an Agency to Your Arsenal of Work-Generating Tools by Jesaka Long over at a.k.a. Writer. They have further spurred my curiosity in staffing agencies.

Have you ever tried a staffing agency? What are your thoughts?


4 thoughts on “Staffing Agencies

  1. Hey Raechel,

    I just had an interview with a big advertising/media company through a creative agency. I think there are definite pros and cons about working with one. The best case scenario, I think, would be a job through them that you could either work part-time or work at home full-time.

  2. I just found your blog through another one and I really love the content you’ve got here. I graduated from university and spent a (horrible) year doing the 9-5 office gig. I HATED my job…I was cranky everyday (just ask my family and boyfriend), I had no motivation because I had lousy employers who didn’t pay great and offered no feedback or incentives, and my brain felt like it was getting fried. My job didn’t tap into my creativity, skill set or talents. It restricted them if anything.

    I added you to my blogroll (I have a blog at because I feel that in many ways, you’re around the same point as I am in my career and around the same age, although you’re definitely a bit more secure and advanced since I just started freelancing full-time in the summer after a lay off. It would be nice to keep in touch. You can add me on MSN too if you have it, It’s rewarding to find some other writers out there who share common ground.

  3. Good luck with your interview! It sounds like you are going in very well informed and with a good list of criteria in place. Long before I ever worked inside an agency, I went to one to find work. It was good because I had just moved to Seattle and got work quickly. It was bad because I didn’t realize I had options and could say no to assignments due to location, hours, pay, or other variables.

  4. Thanks for your feedback everyone! I hope that something comes of it for me. I’m not really looking for a permanent position, but hopefully some project work. If it doesn’t work out, well, there is no harm in trying right!

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