Our Experts | Brian Flash
As a candidate using a staffing firm, you should feel confident that your recruiter will find you the perfect fit for a job. They should find a job that checks all the boxes on your requirements, and that you have past experience doing. That should be enough, right? Wrong. If your recruiter didn’t inspect the work site or ask for a detailed description of job responsibilities, they may be finding you a job that is actually not physically best for you and your well-being. Your recruiter needs to know the demands of the job, so they can accurately tell you about the position and work environment.
Once they know exactly what the job entails, they should detail the job responsibilities in a conversation, and it should naturally come up whether or not you feel comfortable with the position and responsibilities. A recruiter must be completely transparent about job conditions or possible dangers so that you can identify any problems you may have carrying out these duties.
For instance, a recruiter should be wary about the conditions of a job, such as clean versus dirty environment, standing-only positions versus desk jobs, or particularly hot or cold environments. They should know what the space is like that the employee would work in. Is it small, crowded, or have low ceilings? Will they be working with machinery equipment or doing heavy lifting?
These are all questions your recruiter should ask before sending you into a job. If they don’t, you should be asking them or finding a new recruiter. Think of any situation of job duty that might be hazardous to you, and make sure to bring it up to your recruiter. If they care about you as a worker, they will take it extremely seriously and make sure you are only put in a position that you are comfortable in.
Resume qualifications are important, but your physical capabilities and well-being play an important role in doing the work, and is something your recruiter should be very aware of. Otherwise, you could end up injured or under-producing on the job, perhaps leading to dismissal or your own resignation. A seasoned recruiter will know exactly what to ask and be completely honest with you to find your best fit.