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What are career recruiting agencies?

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Career recruiting agencies, also known as employment, placement or staffing agencies, are companies that find employees or contractors to work for large corporations and small businesses. Such agencies may focus on permanent placement, consulting positions or temporary staffing. Recruiting agencies exist for executive headhunting, office jobs, manual labor and service industry work; they may specialize in an industry such as health care, information technology or finance.

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A recruiting agency's clients are the companies with jobs needing workers rather than job seekers, because the agency makes its money from the companies. Job seekers do not pay the agency for help finding jobs, though recruiters usually provide help in polishing and customizing resumes and in briefing job candidates for interviews.

Typically, an account executive will interface with clients to prospect for business, determine staffing needs and follow up once a candidate is on the job site. The recruiter's role is to find the job candidates by posting on job websites, searching those websites and their company database for qualified candidates, contacting and vetting the candidates, and providing support to them once they're working.

Some nationwide recruiting firms for office, industrial and service work are Kelly Services Inc. and Manpower Inc. Adecco USA provides direct-hire, consulting and temporary placements in industries such as engineering, medical, hospitality, manufacturing and customer service.

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