As you go through your job search process, you might consider working with a temp agency, but feel hesitant because you do not really know how they operate and how involved they will be in the hiring process. Working with a temp agency provides many benefits such as: helping you expand your network and facilitating the job search process.

Here are important things you need to know about temp agencies and how they operate:

How they work

Temp agencies also called staffing agencies provide a service that is beneficial for both employers and employees. Job seekers can go to a temp agency and generally find a job within a short period of time. Employers can get a position filled temporarily so the work is getting done while they search for a permanent employee. The best part is that, if the temp job goes well, both job seekers and employers can find themselves ready to go from temp to full-time.

What to expect when applying

Each temp agency has their own guidelines and different contracts with companies so their way of doing things may vary. However, in general, a temporary agency screens and interviews so many people so they can match them with the right job. They can place you in jobs with many different companies that the temp agency has contracts with. In the contract, the companies describe what type of work they need done and how much they will be paid.

You will be interviewed

The first step is to have a staffing specialist greet you and have you fill out an application/information sheet that helps to highlight your strengths. Do not forget to bring your resume. Some agencies can even help you bring some changes to it to make it more appealing. References for the type of work you are seeking and a background check are also generally required by the agency.

Your interview at the temp agency is similar to an interview you would have when you apply directly to a company looking for a new employee. The staff member will ask you questions about your employment history, strengths and about circumstances under which you left previous jobs.

You do not need to stress out the interview. Just show up prepared and avoid the general mistakes. You might also be asked to go through certain tests so the temp agency can use the results to match you with jobs they have from different companies.

You will need to sign a contract

When you decide to work for a temp agency, you will most likely be asked to sign a contract. The contract states that you are affiliated with the temp agency and have certain restrictions that need to be respected with the companies that they introduce you to. The temp agency will be the bridge between you and the company. You cannot accept any other temporary or permanent position with the company without going through the temp agency first. Also, you will need to go through the temp agency for any important decision. If you do not like the job or the boss you work with, you also need to go to the temp agency and share your concerns with them.

Should the company want to hire you permanently, they will pay the temp agency a certain amount to release you from your contract.

The temp agency is responsible for paying the workers they send to a company

The temp agency charges the company a set amount per hour from which they take a percentage. The temp agency is also responsible for collecting taxes from the temporary worker’s pay. All of this is specified in the contract that the company has with the temp agency.

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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