Contractual firms can be a very important job search option:

  • Contractual firms have become a major source of hiring among many major corporations such as IBM Corporation and Ford Motor Company.
  • Contractual firms prepare more qualified and skill focused employees and college graduates by concentrating on a certain project.

  • Contractual firms offer graduates an opportunity to build their proficiency portfolio while earning a salary.

  • Contractual firms allow for "experimenting" with the position and the company. Gain visibility and experience.

  • Many major companies hire on contract prior to permanent employment.

Sample questions to ask when talking to contractual firms:
  • How long have you been in business? At this present location?

  • Who are your clients and for how long? How many employees have been placed with clients?

  • How long are the duration of your contracts?

  • Type of positions available? Are they generic positions or specific to my degree?

  • Will I receive benefits, medical, dental, etc.?

  • Who has access to my resume and how will it be marketed? Do I have any say?

  • What if I am interviewing on my own with the same client that you sent my resume to, and I am offered a job from them are there legal consequences?

  • If in training, am I under obligation to pay you back for training received and what is the time duration?

  • Is employment contingent only upon an opening with one client, or am I put on salary and then you seek an employer?

  • Am I eligible for unemployment benefits when contract expires?

  • When contract expires with company A, is there a log time I must sit out before working with Company B?

  • Is there a fee if I am hired by your client at end of contract and who pays this fee?

Most of these questions are answered in the contractual firms websites. Always do your research and know as much as you can before meeting with a recruiter.

Contractual Agencies


Accountempsis the world's first and largest specialized temp staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. For the third straight year, Accountemps, a division of Robert Half International Inc., (RHI), was recently named Fortune magazine's "Most Admired Company" (February 19, 2001 issue) leading all other staffing firms.


Aerotek is a global leader in recruiting and staffing. 

"Aerotek has received the Best of Staffing® Client and Talent Awards — the only awards to recognize staffing agencies for proven superior service. 

Our mission is as simple today as it was thirty plus years ago — to bring great people and great organizations together. Whether you are looking for a job or seeking talent, learn what you can expect in working with us."


"Bartech is one of the largest and fastest-growing staffing firms in the United States - a quality focused organization striving to meet, and continuing to exceed our customers' expectations, by providing the most innovative and effective staffing and outsourcing solutions available. Since 1977 we have provided customers with high quality, innovative staffing solutions in the areas of Technical, Professional, Engineering and Design, Office Administration, Information Technology, Customer Service and Light Industrial contract employment and temporary personnel services."

Today we bill over $4.7 billion in revenue for clients worldwide who trust us to design, execute and manage sophisticated workforce management solutions, large-scale staffing engagements and strategic Business Process Outsourcing and consulting engagements."

CDI Corporation

CDI Corporation is a global provider of engineering and information technology project delivery and specialty staffing. With more than 50 years of experience and an extensive network of offices, technical professionals and recruiters, CDI Corporation is a preferred provider of engineering, information technology and workforce solutions for Fortune 1,000 companies.

Contract Professionals

"Certified by The Department of Veterans Affairs (VOSB) and by the National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC) as veteran owned, Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) is a DoD cleared, ISO certified, ITAR compliant global staffing company with over 34 years of operating history. We have extensive experience providing services to aerospace, automotive, defense, industrial, information technology, manufacturing and telecommunication industries.

Winning several awards from the Best & Brightest Committee including local, elite and national awards, our mission is to be the premier source of technical professionals serving major and emerging industries. CPI also won the prestigious Veteran Owned Business of the Year Award 2016 from the Small Business Administration, Michigan. In addition, CPI is proud to be one of Metro Detroit's Cool Places to Work 2016!"


Entech Staffing Solutions

Entech provides quality professionals to many prominent corporations in the metro Detroit, Flint, and Toledo Areas. The placement branches provide professionals in the medical, technical and clerical administrative fields.

'Entech Staffing Solutions (Entech) is a woman-owned (WBENC Certified), regional provider of specialized staffing solutions. We recruit, screen, interview, evaluate, and qualify all candidates in preparation of them becoming successful and valued employees. Our nimble and efficient size allows us greater flexibility and responsiveness than our larger national counterparts, making us an ideal business partner for Michigan's emerging and established industries!"

Nesco Resource

Nesco Resource (formerly ETS Staffing) is a national firm offering services in staffing, direct hire, and a host of other staffing and recruiting solutions. Through its branch office network, Nesco Resource offers clients and employees services ranging from Temporary Staffing, Permanent Placement, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Onsite Management Services and more.

Kelly Services

"Kelly founded the temporary staffing industry in 1946, and has maintained a leadership position for more than 70 years of sustained innovation that’s based on a valuable premise: we invest in people.

Today that same focused expertise benefits our customers wherever they operate around the globe—in a growing number of specialized fields. And we’ll continue to meet the evolving challenges of workforce flexibility with staffing solutions tailored to your precise business needs, both locally and worldwide.

As a global leader in providing workforce solutions, Kelly Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: KELYA, KELYB) and its subsidiaries, offer a comprehensive array of outsourcing and consulting services as well as world-class staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct-hire basis. Kelly® directly employs nearly 500,000 people around the world in addition to having a role in connecting thousands more with work through its global network of talent suppliers and partners. Revenue in 2017 was $5.4 billion.

Also: Kelly Educational Staffing 


"Manpower is dedicated to enriching people's lives with meaningful employment and development opportunities, as we have done for more than 60 years. With our global presence and local expertise, and by leveraging the expertise of our parent company, ManpowerGroup, we influence how people and companies work now and how they will work in the future."

Technical Engineering Consultant

As an established and respected provider of contract services, TEC has forged relationships with hundreds of clients including government agencies, education institutions, and those in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, telecommunications, health care, utilities, high technology, and machine tool.

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