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Temporary Employment and Staffing Agencies

Benefits for Temp Jobs

  • a job right after graduation
  • a chance to test the waters before making a career decision
  • a job before going to grad school
  • a summer job
  • money

Tips for Identifying Temporary Agencies

  • Look for smaller agencies. They often provide more personal contact, which can help ensure that you get an opportunity that matches your interests.
  • Do a Google search for "Temp Agency" and then sort by rankings. Read through other people's experience with the agency.
  • Call employers that you'd like to work for and ask what temp agencies they work with.

Tips for Evaluating Temporary Agencies

  • Be clear about what your goals are and what you hope to gain through temp work. At that point it will be easier to identify the organizations that might benefit you the most.
  • Find out about the agency's specializations, client companies, typical work assignments and the benefits and training that may be available to you.
  • Make sure that the representative placing you on assignments would be easily accessible and actively interested in your particular situation.
  • Ask about the agency's screening and interview process and prepare for the appointment as you would for any job interview.
  • Make sure you are completely satisfied with the employment conditions of the agency before you register.
  • Be selective but also feel free to register with more than one agency at the same time.
  • Remember that all agencies work for the employer and may not have your best interests at heart. Make sure you ask a lot of questions.

Many times when people here about working as a temp, they envision someone working as a secretary in a big corporate office.  However, this vision does not reflect a large portion of temporary employment.  In fact, working as a temp through a staffing agency can offer you many benefits.

Working through a temporary employment agency (a.k.a. staffing agency) is a viable job search strategy. These agencies can work in two ways: 1. find temporary employees for client companies. 2. find permanent employees for client companies. Often, you can begin as a "temp" and get hired on by the employer once you have proven yourself for a certain period of time.  Many Pomona graduates have successfully used temporary employment agencies to make the transition from school to a full-time position in their field.  Here what one Pomona 2010 graduate said about her experience using a temp agency:

"I found a great boutique agency that found me this wonderful full time 3 month position. I've been recommending the agency (and the whole temp idea) to basically everyone I know who is looking for a job.  They took my industry preferences, skills, availability, and salary expectations and found me a job that surpassed my expectations! I've also met at least two people at my job that were hired later for permanent positions after temping. Thanks for the recommendation and I hope you keep spreading the word for students who might be giving up on their job search!"

Remember that you should not be charged any fees to register for services with a temporary agency. Employers with staffing needs pay the agency for your services. You are the employee of the temporary agency and receive your pay from the agency, not from the company where you are placed

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