Many people make a decent living by just working as a temporary employee. Many times in my life I have been put into a position of not having a job due to layoffs. As a temporary stop gap measure I sought out temporary positions. Here are some great tips I discovered along the way.
First of all, seek out the temporary agencies that are seeking your specific job skills. If you are in the health care profession, seek temporary agencies that are seeking health care professionals. If you are in the secretarial or administrative field, seek out an agency that specializes in administrative or secretarial work.
You will be required to come in for an interview at the temporary agency. Bring with you any certifications you have and be prepared to stay for a few hours and take a few tests. This will help the agency match you up to the best prospective employers for your skills. If you have additional skills be sure to list them. They may open up more doors for you for employment.
Sign on with several temporary agencies. If you are interested in a specific company to work for call their Human Resources department and ask them what temporary agency they use. This would also be a good time to inquire as to whether or not they hire permanently from the temporary agencies.
Now that you are signed on with several temporary agencies you need to do a bit of organizing. Most agencies will ask that you call between certain hours in the morning and in the afternoon. You might like one agency over another so prioritize your calling list and start with your favorite. When you call, be prepared to drop everything and go to work. It might be a good idea to always have a casual and a more business like outfit at the ready in case you are called in to work.
As you take assignments you will catch on to how most companies prefer you to dress. Oft times the temporary agency will tell you in advance that attire is “business casual” or “no jeans”. Follow those guidelines. It would be better to be over dressed rather than under dressed in such a situation. You can always dress down the next day.
Always be professional when you report for your assignments. You will be given a specific name or department to report to. If you are unsure of where to park, consider the company and your surroundings. Leave room for customers to park near the door and if you have any questions, ask your supervisor where they prefer you to park.
Be prompt and considerate of your new employment position. Listen to your instructions and follow them carefully. Its normal to be nervous but as the day passes you will relax and things will fall into place. Pay attention to break times and lunch times and if your supervisor does not mention them politely inquire so that you are not “breaking the rules” on your first day.
If your assignment is particularly monotonous or boring remember, it is temporary and you are getting paid for it. Take it as a learning experience (add it to your resume) and if need be call the temporary agency on a break or after work to request a different assignment. Never walk off the job. This not only reflects badly on you but also on the temporary agency.
If you are sick, call the temporary agency immediately and ask how you should proceed. Do not start by calling the employer unless that is what the temporary agency requires of you. Better to go in sick and be sent home than to miss your 2nd or 3rd day of work and get a bad reputation.
Many companies will only have temporary assignments available, sometimes they will ask if they can request you next time. Always take advantage of this if you like the job. Sometimes these can turn into a full time opportunity.
Many companies use a policy called, “Temp to Hire” whereby they take you on as a temporary for a specific amount of time (usually 3 to 6 months) and then if things are going well they might offer you the job (and frequently a nice raise right along with it). If you are interested in a “Temp to Hire” position let the agency know as frequently the jobs are already listed that way. Also after a few short weeks you could inquire of the supervisor if that is a possibility.
Temporary agencies hire in all areas of employment from the fast food industry to the Corporate Executives. Sometimes it is a great way to find a new job position and take advantage of this lull in your employment to find exactly what you want for your next job. I’ve known many people to excel for years just working in temporary agencies until they found the exact job they desired. Keep smiling and always be positive.