Temp Work: Is It For You?
Temping can be a good source of income. Depending on your situation, there can be advantages to accepting temporary jobs instead of a permanent one.
Temping can provide a good source of income to anyone with basic office, computer or administrative skills.
Depending on your situation, you may find that a temporary job suits your needs better than a permanent one. With temping you have flexibility. Because you are not locked into permanent job, you have the freedom to pursue other goals or interests.
The first step is to sign up with a temporary employment agency. You can find agencies in your area by looking in any local yellow pages under "temporary" or "employment". When you call them to set up an appointment, they may ask you to fax your resume before setting up an appointment. They will either set up an appointment while you are on the phone or call you back to set it up after they receive your resume.
When you go to your appointment, be sure to dress professionally. They want to see that you know how to present yourself in a professional manner.
Bring a copy of your resume even if they already have it. Also be sure to bring proof of U.S. residency such as a license and social security card, birth certificate or passport.
When you arrive, you will be given paperwork to fill out. This will most likely include a job application form, employment agreement and legal forms.
Next you will be given certain tests depending on the type of job you are seeking. Temp jobs range from receptionist and file clerk to data entry and administrative assistant. You will take the appropriate test for the type of position you are seeking. These tests may include: typing, word processing, spreadsheet programs, data entry or filing tests.
After your test results are printed, you will meet with an agent. They will go over the results of your tests and talk to you about the type of position you would be best suited for. They will go over the general hourly pay rates. The more computer skills are needed, the higher the rate of pay will be.
They will give you time cards that need to be filled out when you complete your assignment. You fill out the days and hours you worked and have the time card signed by your superviser at the temp assignemnt. Then you send the card (or fax it depending on what the agency allows)to the agency. They send you a paycheck the following week.
Temp assignemts can be anywhere from a day, to a week or a month or more. Sometimes they are open ended and called "temp to perm". That means if everything works out after you temp for a while, it will turn into a permanent job.
The agency will always tell you as many details as possible about an assignment when they ask you if you want to accept it. This includes: the type of company, work environment, hours, dress code, pay rate and duration of assignemnt.
You always have the option not to accept an assignment. However, if you do accept, it is important to be extremely professsional about it. This means showing up on time, not making personal phone calls on the job and completing all work to the best of your ability. It is also important to complete an assignment once you start it. Of course, emergencies and special circumstances happen and your agency will probably be understanding if you need to call in sick or have to leave an assignment for an emergency. It's important to remember that the more reliable and professional you are, the more jobs you will get from the agency.
The companies that utilize temps range from extremely corporate such as the banking and finance industries, to more creative environments such as production companies and television networks. Temping is a great way to experience a variety of work environments to see what you enjoy the most.
Although temping can provide variety in work, flexibility and freedom, every assignment should still be taken seriously. Always do the best job you can and it will lead to more assignements. Eventually, temping may lead you to your dream job.