Frequently Asked Questions
This section is designed to answer some of the most common questions from recent graduates regarding GradStaff’s program. If you have additional questions that are not covered on this page, please call at 612-339-5332 or send an email your the nearest regional office.
What’s in it for me?
GradStaff helps place recent college graduates in entry-level business professional positions by helping to identify where a candidate’s skills and interests align in the workplace. GradStaff also offers coaching, tips, and resources for the recent college graduate to make their own job search as effective as possible.
Read some of our candidate testimonials HERE.
What is the cost for me?
We never charge our grads a fee for any of our services- regardless of how much time we spend working with you.
Is GradStaff just another Temp Agency?
GradStaff is a recruiting company that is very much different from staffing agencies you may be used to. Since our niche is focusing on recent college graduates and entry-level positions, we want to help our candidates find an opportunity to begin their career, and not just another temporary job. What also makes us different is the career coaching aspect that GradStaff offers to each candidate to improve his or her own individual job search.
Whereas [other recruiters] have attempted to diminish my skills to convince me to take a job, I felt as if you saw the value in my skills and were willing to work hard in order to help me find a career that’s worth having. – Philadelphia Candidate
How does the process work?
GradStaff focuses on individuals’ transferable (soft) skills along with their interests, rather than placing a large emphasis on work experience or major. By matching a candidate’s skills and interest with potential positions, we’re able to find a great fit for candidates that they may have never heard of or been exposed to before. For a more in depth explanation of our process, click HERE.
What types of industries/positions do you work with?
Some of the industries that we commonly serve include banking, financial services, distribution, health care, risk management, technology, consumer products, commercial real estate, and many, many more! We work with companies ranging in size from global institutions to small start-up companies.
Should I only reach out to GradStaff if I fail in my own job search efforts?
Absolutely not. GradStaff is an additional free resource that can help a job seeker in many different ways. It is a great way to expose yourself to new opportunities that you may have not heard of job searching on your own, and our job searching tips have also helped countless candidates receive jobs on their own. Using GradStaff as a resource does not mean that you have given up on your job search, it means that you are putting as many people in your corner as possible!
What cities does GradStaff work in?
GradStaff fills positions in over 90 cities across the United States while operating nine offices nation-wide. Headquartered in Minneapolis, GradStaff also has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and St. Louis. To learn more about our regional offices, click HERE.
How long does it take to find me a job?
Depending on the needs of the candidate and the positions available with clients, the amount of time it takes to place a candidate varies. In many instances, it takes several weeks, while in some cases it can be as soon as a couple of days. Unfortunately, we cannot provide a guarantee that we will place all candidates that we meet. Our goal is to find the right fit for our candidates, and not just any position.
How much do GradStaff’s positions pay?
Starting salaries vary, but our experience confirms that a range of $30,000 – $45,000 is reasonable for liberal arts majors with limited or non-specific work experience. Higher salaries may apply for some companies and in situations where additional qualifications and/or experience are contributing factors.
What are the chances that GradStaff can find me a position that is a match?
Because we focus on career placement and are not a turn and burn staffing agency, unfortunately we are not able to place everybody that applies to us. We are an additional free resource and a valuable piece of your job search strategy. Generally, the candidates accepted into our program that we are not able to place have utilized our coaching and feedback to find a position on their own.
I am informing you that I have found a position and will be starting this upcoming Monday. I also want to tell you that I am truly appreciative of the time that you spent with me, the consultation you provided, as well as the interview preparation materials that you sent my way. I believe that your help was crucial in helping me land this position. – Minneapolis/St.Paul Candidate
What does your ideal candidate look like?
Because we focus on entry-level positions, our ideal candidate is a recent college graduate that is anywhere from zero to three years out of school. We love well-rounded individuals who have achieved success in the classroom as well as taking part in campus clubs/organizations, athletics, greek life, volunteer activities, and work experience/internships throughout their time at school. All majors are encouraged to apply!
I applied but never heard anything. Why?
Because we place emphasis on career placement, rather than just finding our candidates a “job”, unfortunately we are not able to help everybody that applies. Because our business is very fast-paced, we only work with those candidates whose background are a match for one of our openings. We would LOVE to help every grad searching for an entry-level position, and if we feel like we can make a match for you, we will certainly reach out.
If I apply to a specific position with GradStaff, will I only be considered for that role?
There is a good chance that you may be considered for that position, but that is not exactly how it works. When you apply to our positions, you are applying to the GradStaff program. From there, we evaluate each candidate’s transferable skills as well as their interests and present potential matches to each candidate based on what we have learned from them.