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Anyone have any experience with Westaff or other temp agencies? Just curious as to what people kind of things they set people up with. Thanks.




not that im unemployed or anything...
 

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? Just curious as to what people kind of things they set people up with. Thanks.QUOTE]

what? I'm not sure what you're asking, but from my very limited experience with a temp agency when I was in college...... girls = secretarial type work. guys = hard labor.
 

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I guess I just don't really know much about them, and it seems like a pretty easy way to get a job. I was wondering if there is some sort of catch or something, but yeah. Right now I'm just caught in a job market that is completely saturated with college kids with minimal qualifications, and my gig wrenching on bikes this summer fell through.

and im done with the foodservice industry.:prft: :prft:
 

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Basically, they'll try to set you up with something in your field or a similar one. You generally have to take some sort of aptitude test, and do an initial interview with the staffing agency, then whenever they have a job that they feel you might be qualified for, they'll call you and let you know and then you'll go interview with their client company. It's a pretty simple process, and a lot of times, you can go on Monster.com or whatever and a good chunk of the jobs are listed by a temp agency, so you can contact them that way, too. Give it a try. A lot of times, a temp job can become full time if you do a good job. Good luck. :)
 

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The college I work at uses a temp agency for special projects. We have hired people for computer work, inventories, and other entry level work. Temp agency is generally lower than working directly for the company because the company has to pay the agency for you.
 

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Most recently I temped for 3 months or so out of Vegas doing IT work with half a dozen different agencies and loved it. Most jobs were a week or less duration, longest was 2 weeks. Pay was very good, $15-30 per hour, just not steady enough. Totally worth doing when you're between steady gigs. What I was doing was usually called 'consulting' but its the same boat as temping.

The caveat is if you dont have any job skills in demand in your area, you'll get no work, simple as that. The agency will NEVER tell you that, however- some recruiters get paid per head, and all of them like keeping cattle (us) on hand. Remember that you are a commodity to them. Basically, if you go thru interviews talking about, for example, your teaching skills, and they offer you a bus driver job, they are just filling a hole and you will be dropped as soon as possible. If they try to hire you with no interview, the job- and pay- will suck.

You really need to be 100% on the ball at all times when dealing with this sort of thing- if you are not super proactive about everything the company will find somebody who is, and the work will stop coming in. Show up late and you may just find someone like me got called to replace you :) I found all of this out the hard way.

Oh, and don't confuse day labor with temping! Not the same at all, I learned. Day labor will most likely NOT pay well, as the people that have to take those jobs, well, they may not have the most options open to them.
 

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I haven't gone with a Temp agency but I have used recruiters quite successfully. I guess the difference is the level of positions available and the requirements they have for their candidates. If you're looking for a longer term solution, try recruiters. If you just want "anything" there's no harm in a temp agency.
 

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I temped when I lost my job a few years back to make a little money until I found a full-time gig. I had worked in publishing and had some good degrees, so I managed to get placed in an advertising agency. They liked me so much they recommended me for a job there (but ultimately didn't get it). When that job finished I temped in the advertising department of my local newspaper. Again, they liked me so much that they offered me a job when I got hired at my current gig (turned them down).

My wife also temped before we got married, and they hired her on and kept her when we moved out of state as a contract employee. When we moved back a few years later, they hired her full time and she's now a manager there.

Temping is a good way to build experience and figure out what you want to do. If you do a good job, you could end up working for the company or using people there as a reference. And if the job sucks, you can leave when the contract is up and not look back.

Basically, if you show up on time, are reliable, have a good attitude and are generally a good employee, you'll go right to the top of the temp list for good jobs through the agency (you make them look good, too). Your typically temp does the minimum and just fails to show up one day.
 

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I temped when I lost my job a few years back to make a little money until I found a full-time gig. I had worked in publishing and had some good degrees, so I managed to get placed in an advertising agency. They liked me so much they recommended me for a job there (but ultimately didn't get it). When that job finished I temped in the advertising department of my local newspaper. Again, they liked me so much that they offered me a job when I got hired at my current gig (turned them down).

My wife also temped before we got married, and they hired her on and kept her when we moved out of state as a contract employee. When we moved back a few years later, they hired her full time and she's now a manager there.

Temping is a good way to build experience and figure out what you want to do. If you do a good job, you could end up working for the company or using people there as a reference. And if the job sucks, you can leave when the contract is up and not look back.

Basically, if you show up on time, are reliable, have a good attitude and are generally a good employee, you'll go right to the top of the temp list for good jobs through the agency (you make them look good, too). Your typically temp does the minimum and just fails to show up one day.
We have hired several of the temps who have worked for us.
 

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I have gotten most of my jobs in the legal field through a temp agency. After asking around I was given the name of the best agency to use.

Even if you don't have mad skills, office services and mail room can always use an on the ball worker. Also the pay is usually better in the legal field.
 

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I used Manpower once. I worked in a factory for a few weeks until a better job I had got started up. I hated how big of a cut Manpower took from my check. It sucked, and was all a formality, anyway, as my dad worked at said factory and they could have just hired me under contract or something...but they refused, and would only hire me through a temp agency.

Anyway, if you NEED a job, a temp agency is worthwhile. If you have other options, though, exhaust them first.
 

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Temp agencies suck.

If you think working for a regular employer can be bad, temp agencies are even worse. Promoting/Hiring the wrong people, ignoring the temps, and possibly even ignoring labor laws.

Waaaay back in college I took on a few gigs through the temp agency. They put me in an insurance company. Picked up my job quick, as did most of the others that were hired at the same time. The one guy who screwed up, well he had to be 'moved' to something that he wouldn't mess up. It put him in sight of the boss. Guess who got hired on full time.

Same insurance company, wanted to re-organize their files. Temps were all drafted to do the re-filing. The temps told the person doing it that it would be a nightmare the way it was supposed to be done. They wouldn't be able to find crap! Took a week to finish that project. 2 weeks later, it had to be undone, because noone could find anything.

Third and final thing - I was getting married about this time. I told my supervisor (at the insurance co, and at the temp agency) that I was going to get married and I needed a Friday and Monday off in a couple of weeks. I was told "Right, if you don't show up, don't come back..." I went and got married. I didn't go to work on Tuesday, my supervisor(s) had made that pretty clear. I got a phone call, Tuesday morning "Where are you?!?" I told them I listened to what they said, that I didn't come back after I got married.

At really bad places they can look at you like you are just a number, maybe even disposable. A temp agency knows that you ARE. And you will be treated as such.

Getting in the door is the hard part, but once I'm there proving myself has not been a problem.

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I've used temp agencies. I had a pretty good time. Good pay. I'm thinking of going back down to Labor Ready to do some general labor. They pay out the same day. I'm having a hard time getting work. Anyone have any suggestions what to put on an application when you were fired for the last three jobs? I can't leave them off they go back to '04...

Anyhow...
 

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Temp agencies suck in the area where I live. Many of the companies that use them won't put you on their payroll no matter how well you perform and the benefits suck. When the tech bubble burst years ago I worked for them for a long time because most of the companies wouldn't employ anyone directly. At the time the economy went kinda south and I just had to do what I had to do. It sucked. One of the agencies that I worked for was paying me $8/hr and had the audacity to try and get me to sign up for health insurance for "only" $40 a week. I simply couldn't afford it. I understand a businesses reason for doing it that way. It's a lot cheaper than hiring someone full time when you know that you probably won't need them in 6 months plus having to pay their benefits. I would do it over again if I had to and only as a last resort. However, I know a few people that it's worked well for but none of them were in the same job market as I am. They all live in larger cities.
 

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I got my current job through a sort of a temp arrangement.

I was doing this supplementary education thing, while unemployed, and that included working (basically for free) as a trainee, for a while.

Some time after that training was over, I got a call from the company where I did the trainee stint: "Are you available? We'd like you to work with us, but we are not allowed to hire you directly. Please call this temp agency and we'll get it sorted."

I stayd in that "temp" position for two years, until the company took a bunch of us "temp" people as regulars.
 

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temp agencies always try to cheat you out of your pay check. if you aren't incorporated, they deduct a huge chunk from your pay check .
 

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If you've got top notch skills, working for a temp agency will get you in the door at companies that are often looking for full time workers for the job for which you are temping. I got a great job that way once. Bear in mind the company has to really want you -- they have to pay the agency a hefty fee for hiring you.

If you don't have skills... you're better off applying for an entry level job with a bigger company, where you have a chance of moving up. Pick your company carefully, though. For example, the nighttime stock clerks around here at Target make some good cash, and since there's a distribution hub here it's a stepping stone into warehouse and logistics work.
 
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