5 Amazing Tips for Working Through a Temp Agency

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Aug 12, 2019

Aug 12, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

According to the American Staffing Association, over three million temporary employees work for temp agencies every week. Approximately 76 percent of these employees report working (and earning) full-time rates.

If you’re struggling to find work, read this guide on how to get the most out of partnering with a temp agency. These pointers might help you find your next professional calling.

What's a Temp?

The word “temp” is an abbreviation for “temporary.” “Temp employees” are hired to fill in for regular employees who are temporarily away from their jobs because of maternity leave or vacation. Temp employees might also be hired to fill in after a regular employee quits or gets fired.

What's a Temp Agency?

A temp agency (or known as “staffing" or "hiring" agency) is a business that can match employers with job seekers. Job candidates can register with more than one staffing agency as a way to network with many hiring managers filling job vacancies.

How Do Temp Agencies Work?

Temp agencies primarily serve companies looking for employees. A company will pay a staffing agency to do recruitment marketing or screen job applicants. Job candidates can interview for openings through these hiring agencies.

During this temporary employment, the hiring agency pays the worker. If the company client decides to permanently hire the worker, they assume paying the worker’s salary.

Leveraging the Temp Agency Experience

Here are some helpful pointers to help you get the most out of your temp agency experience. These tips include:

Research the Staffing Agency

If you’re looking for temp work, be sure to research what industries hiring agencies work with. Most hiring agencies will state whether they specialize in private or public sector roles. Some hiring agencies may only offer permanent or temp-to-hire roles.

Prepare Like It’s an Interview

When you meet with the staffing agency, treat the conversation like it’s a real interview with the hiring company. Arrive on time, dress professionally, and bring your resume. This is also your chance to ask questions on what kinds of roles they usually fill or how long does it take to land a position.

Professional Development Opportunities

Work with those staffing agencies that offer career development resources to build your skillset. These resources might include counselors who help with resume building. Other agencies offer workshops on how to develop new skills needed in the workforce.

Be Honest

Be truthful about your time and day availability to serve in the role. Don’t lie about anything in your employment history, especially any employment gaps. The staffing agency can help explain these gaps to the eventual company you want to work for.

Follow Up

Send a thank-you note to say how much you appreciate their time for meeting with you. Use this note to affirm your continued interest in finding a job. Let them know that you’re open to more opportunities that come their way.

Next Steps

If you’re ready to start working with a temp agency, you can craft this professional relationship today. Head to the American Staffing Association’s online directory where you can find hiring agencies near you. You can also filter your search by industries.

If you do meet with a hiring agency, remember to stay on their radar to make sure they don’t forget you. Schedule monthly check-ins with them to remind them of your interest.

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