Over the past few years, unemployment has been on the rise. This fact can make it difficult to find a good job that will support a family, or even a single person in many cases. In the meantime, searching for a job can be a full-time, non-paying job.
When the savings begin to dry up and the job search has led to few opportunities, it may be time to look at alternative options to build a resume. Many people successfully find work through temporary agencies every day.
Finding an agency
An online search can identify many opportunities available at temporary agencies. In Nashville, you can find a wide range of temporary job agencies. For example, Amtemps Staffing, Express Pros, Randstad, and Wood Personnel are a few agencies that a Google Search immediately identifies.
When you decide to apply to an agency, you have a couple of options available to introduce yourself to the agency. You can set up an interview over the phone, which will allow you to confirm that the agency is accepting new applications and prepare them for your visit. You also have the option of going to the closest location and ask for an application.
Submitting an application
Whichever way you choose to submit your application or resume to your local agency, you will most likely be required to take a few tests. For office type work, these tests are generally typing and computer skills related tests.
Most agencies will allow a person to retake the tests after a set amount of time has passed. In addition, some agencies may also offer additional skills training in order to help improve a score in a specific skill. Once the paperwork is complete and an individual is an official temporary agency worker, it is time to begin earning a paycheck.
Tips for success
The following five tips can help a temporary agency worker quickly gain the agency’s trust leading to more temporary job offers and ultimately the possibility of a company offering the worker a permanent position.
1. Call every morning to check job availability when available for work.
At the very least, a person hoping to work should call Monday morning before 8:30 a.m. in order to check on job availability. This tells the agency that the person is eager to work and available for anything that may have come in the night before.
Most temporary job agencies receive calls first thing in the morning when a company needs someone to fill in for an employee that has called in sick to work. If a job is not available on Monday, repeat each day of the week.
2. If the agency has an available job, take it.
No matter how menial the job may be, taking a job shows the agency that the person is interested in working and shows that person’s commitment to the agency. Taking the job also provides an opportunity for temporary job agencies to learn how the person applies himself or herself while on the job. This provides an opportunity for building trust as companies report on the worker’s integrity.
3. Show up on time.
Even when everything is getting in the way of a person getting out the door, it is important to be punctual. The worker should determine ahead of time how long it will take to get ready before leaving the house and how much time it will take to travel to the location before stating the time that the person will be able to be at the job.
If there are any delays, such as traffic, the worker should immediately contact the temporary job agency and let them know in order to pass the information on to the company. The agency is more likely to send a worker out on a job if the worker can be depended to be punctual.
4. Work hard and smart.
By giving the assigned company the worker’s best work at every job assigned, a worker will quickly become a trusted worker who receives the very best jobs. Many companies are using temporary job agencies in order to fill an open position. If the company likes the work the temporary agent is providing, the company may be inclined to offer the individual a permanent position.
Although finding a job can be difficult, gaining experience can only add to a person’s resume. The truth is that temporary job agencies are great places to find this needed experience and can lead to a permanent position with a good company. It all depends on the person’s willingness to work.