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How to Job Search, Register On-Line, Temp or Staffing Agency.

Updated on March 07, 2015
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How Temporary Employment Agencies Operate

I have dedicated a few Hub Pages to those who have lost their homes, jobs and all other security. Having been there and done that (BTDT), and having survived, with my mind somewhat intact, I offer encouragement, humor and a hand out, to help Pull others Up and Out of their current situations. [See My - "Living In a Hotel - Starting Over" series] Disclaimer; I only know about Employment Agencies in the U.S. - perhaps job seekers in other Countries may cover this topic for their given area.

One of the ways that I was able to go from homelessness to living in my own home, was by signing up with every (free) Temporary Employment Agency in town.

I started on the streets, into hotel rooms, then to Apartments paid by the Week or Month, and finally, Into a house.

Trying to find a permanent full-time position, when you are homeless is quite difficult. When you are homeless, people do not want it to rub off on them, so they naturally are repelled, and wish to avoid the truth that good people can end up homeless through bad circumstances.

It is easier for people to villainize the homeless...keeping it further from "Them".


Other Reasons to Register with a Temp or Staffing Agency

There are other reasons to register with Temporary Employment Agencies, College Students, Full-Time workers who need extra holiday money, or seasonal work, like Tax Preparation or Construction. Temp Agencies are not as biased, because they often need willing bodies to show up on job sites. Many Temporary Agencies pay on a daily basis, most pay weekly. As with any job, you have to prove yourself, because you are an advertisement for the Temp Agency. The worse the reputation of the workers sent by some Agencies, the worse jobs they get, and they lose all the way around.

If you are a good worker, or are willing to give a little extra, working for a Temporary Agency can be very rewarding. You will end up getting courtesy calls, rides if needed, and put at the front of the line when a new Employer contracts with the Agency. Manners, being polite, and honesty will gain you good ground, as you are climbing up out of that rut you have been in. There are some basic facts you may want to know when you present yourself to a Temporary Agency.

  • You will probably be required to submit to a Drug Test. Often this is initially upon your Registration, but many good companies require a fresh Drug Test, or Random Testing.


  • You are an employee or representative of the Temp Agency you are dispatched by. Even if you get a long assignment, do not forget, you have an obligation to fulfill with the Agency First. Sometimes the Agency will "sell" the remainder of your contracted time, and release you from working with them, but mostly not.


  • If you are earning $10.00 per hour, the Agency is getting anywhere from $15.00 - $25.00 dollars per hour for you. You are not getting ripped off. The agreement between the Agency and Employers, saves Employers from having to pay Social Security, Medicare, and Workers Comp Insurance. This adds up to a savings for a Business that goes through many employees. It is expensive to hire and train new employees, and the paperwork is killer. That is what the extra money is for. The Temp Agency assumes those costs.


  • Being a long-time Temp worker for certain Agencies, like Manpower, and Staff-Mark, have benefits you would find at a Permanent Full-Time Job. There is usually a 1000 hour minimum to qualify, but after a year, you are usually eligible for 1 week paid vacation, there are some Health & Life Insurance offers, and very early on, many Agencies will offer Free Computer Classes and other Training, to help you better qualify for a certain job Market.


  • Filling out the Questionnaires for the Agency, may seem long and gruelling; (why do they want to know if I can read a measuring stick?, or how many months I did Exterior Painting?). Perhaps you have some secretarial skills, and that is where you have the most experience, but in your Teens, you worked for an Uncle who owned an Auto Body Shop...There may be a job for someone who is "familiar" with an Auto Body Shop, and they need someone to do the clean-up, twice per week. This job may pay $12.50 per hour, while your secretarial jobs will not pay as much. Be honest, but if you have Any Experience over a month in the many sections of the Questionnaire, let them know.

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  • Housewives or Househusbands - If you have never worked outside of the home, Do Not put, No Experience...please...You have: childcare, budgeting, management, meal prep, janitorial, nursing, tutoring, prison guard (heehaws), parole officer (teens), counsellor, animal husbandry, funeral director (little Johnny's hamster - Amen). Do not sell yourself short. Have a garden, mow a lawn, coach a little league team, work in a concession stand, PTA Meetings? The list goes on. Give yourself credit for what you have done. This can launch you into a field you never realized was out there
  • Some agencies require you to call in every day to let them know you are available. Some ask that you call in at the start of the week. Agencies, like Labor Ready™, require you to show up each morning...First come, first served. Those are the roughest, because you must get there by 4:30 a.m., to wait for jobs to come in. You may not even go out until 8:00 a.m. or later, and then you may have to travel a long way, and not get back in until 8:00 p.m. All you get paid for is what you actually work. The Agency has all the benefit in this. They are boosting their business by showing they have bodies to send out, who are chilling in the lobby, while the bodies are only hoping to be sent out.
  • There are great assignments to be had with a Temp Agency, often turning into a Full-time career. There are many jobs that are horrible and will test your mettle. When you initially sign up for the Agency, make sure you have their rules straight, because they are all different. They are loyal to their profit margin, more than your situation. If you are assigned a job that you know you cannot do, refuse it, and let them know why, in the most respectful terms. Do not rail on about terrible past employers, no one wants to hear it, and it will keep you from getting good jobs.
  • If you are sent on a job that is not what was represented to the Agency, contact the Agency at the first moment possible. If you get to a job, and it is making you sick, or you just cannot handle it, it is better to communicate with the Agency, because if it is that bad, they have probably had problems with the Employer before. Take care of yourself, because you want to be in good condition to accept that assignment that will turn into a full-time job.
  • If you are working multiple jobs, leaving one job - going to another. Leaving School going to jobs. Having to visit a medical practitioner, or pharmacy. Paying for training in a new field. All of these things maybe Tax deductible. Also, each week or day, you will be required to complete your own time sheet, and possible mileage. By starting out even with a simple notepad, this will help your situation, and make sure you get paid for all of your hours.

I hope you have learned something here that will help you in your current situation, a friend, or family member who got knocked off their horse, and have not been able to get back up. There is always Hope, and add just a dash of courage, and before you know it, you will be gainfully employed, and made many new acquaintances. Good Luck and Blessings to you my Friends. Peace

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    • Nick B profile image

      Nick B 6 years ago from Normandy, France

      It seems that finding work is no easier in America than it is here.

      Over here (in the UK), we have a large problem with experience. It used to be a case of not having experience would preclude you from many jobs, but now it's not having RECENT experience. If your last job was more than six months ago, you ain't gonna get in - pure and simple, no matter what you were doing or the level of your experience. Sometimes even that's too long.

      In addition, who you know may not cut it either as often companies have outside Human Resources companies to source their employees, so having someone on the inside could be no use whatsoever.

      Training is a good idea, but it can be costly and often puts you right at the bottom of the ladder--a bummer if you've been used to earning a fair wedge. If you can afford to invest in yourself though, it's probably the best way to go.

      Beware of the Employment Agency. They can often be a long way removed from the reality of the position concerned. I was once sent to a job miles from where I lived, only to find that I had been sent to do work I had no idea about, since the description did not match the work expected and yes, I had asked questions prior to going and no, I wasn't compensated, despite using nearly a tank-full of petrol to get there and back.

      Without trying to sound too maudlin, beware too if you once held a position of some responsibility as this can do more harm than good. If you have done work that exceeds the expectations of the position you're currently applying for, it can often get the response that you are over-qualified and this has happened to me on several occasions.

      In these instances, it may be better to think outside the box and try on-line contracting agencies that allow you to work from home as a self-employed contractor. There are many of these now working for companies all over the world and although competition can be fierce, you probably have more chance with these than you do with the normal high street companies.

      Nil desperandum though, there is always HubPages :)

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank You Nick B! I appriciate your response and your Hub comment, I think you have another Hub topic. Being unemployed is the worst, and the longer one is unemployed, the further down the social ladder one will fall. I hope you make millions as a writer...finding, Yes you are over-qualified, as you are working for yourself. The Best of Luck. Write On!

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      chan0512 6 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      Interesting Hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you chan0512 for the feed back! It is much appriciated...

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      M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is very good advice and a good run-down on what it is like to work with temporary agencies. My first experience in the UK with temporary agencies was frustrating. They would tell me my degree and credentials from the USA did not matter and then would cut down my resume so that it looked like I only had clerical skills! They would send out my resume this way for clerical jobs - even asking me not to mention the fact that I had a Bachelor's degree and had been a business owner. Temporary agencies are out for themselves really and when it works best is when the needs of the agency and needs of the job seeker are in synch with each other. Otherwise, it can be a very frustrating and demeaning experience.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Dear M Selvey, MSc Thank you for the read. This is heartfelt and shows how years of effort, cost and training can be discounted by an employment agency. You must depend upon these to match you with employment for which you are suited. I love to learn how other countries operate in these kind of situations. An interesting twist; an American finding work abroad.

      I have worked beside men who were Phds or had the equivilant of Masters in their Countries, but none of it counted in the U.S. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      I have not used a temp agency, but from your hub, I can see there are a lot of benefits.

      Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination.

      Namaste.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you Ms.Deborah! Thanks for coming by and giving a read. Love your comment. Namaste :0)

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I wonder if we have this in our country...thanks for the insights. :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Wooohooo...how do you feel? This way to the Hubnuggets! http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Phantom-of-the...

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Hey ripplemaker! Thanks for stopping by, I am spending so much time reading the other nominations for HubNugget Awards, that I didn't think to comment on the Phantom page...(done)! I feel like a writer who has been able to accomplish several short-term goals in my last 33 days of Hubbing! I completed my 30 in 30, and unexpectedly, my adsense earnings are up from 1.74 when I first began, to over 14.00 last night. I am happy to be a Hubber. I am spending about 9 hours per night reading my followers Hubs, commenting, going to forums, editing my Hubs, etc. Everyday I learn some new way to boost my earnings while keeping my main focus, and that is Doing Good for our Earth and all the other passengers therin! Thank you for stopping by! Thanks for the encouraging comment! Peace

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Congrats on you nomination. This is an interesting hub and using temp agencies sounds great when you are broke and need work. It sounds like you have come a long way and wrote this interesting hub.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Dear Ms Pamela, Thank you so much for coming by, giving this nomination a read, and your comment! Yes, I have gotten very good jobs through Temp agencies. The main objective of these Hubs is to help others who are finding themselves "broke" for the first time. In our State alone, over 100,000 families lost their homes last year. People from a social standing, who "never thought it would happen to them" are stunned and silent. My hope is they will be helped. Please come back and visit anytime. :0)

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      mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

      This article will surely be a big help to anyone who finds him or herself in this situation. What you accomplished took a lot of hard work and determination. You have my respect. I also congratulate you on your well deserved nomination.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      mquee, thank you very much for coming by, giving a read, leaving a very encouraging comment, and a Follow! It means a lot to be respected by an "old Vet". Thank you :0) Peace.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Lizzie: YOU ARE AMAZING!! There's just no other way to say it. Good for you and bravo. I'm happy to be reading your work. Your life story will be an interesting read when you pull it into a book-let me know where I can buy it.

      Thanks for all of the advice and comments and positive energy you send out into the hubpages community. Your work is an asset.

      Congratulations on this latest hubnugget nomination. Good luck. :)

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you very much Denise! Thank you for confirmation that there is some "book" in me! I am happy for the congrats! The more people who read this, the more help is given to those staring like a deer in the headlights! Please come back anytime! Tomorrow at 8:30am I begin the testing and interview session of a Temp Agency! So, tomorrow afternoon/evening, I will have a Part II. This will help others apply On-line for a start...lets see how it goes. I love your kind words!!!

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      Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This is a very interesting hub. Congrats on your Hubnugget nomination!

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Shawn, Thank you for stopping by and giving this a read! Your encouraging congrats mean a lot! Thank you!!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      How to work For a Temp Agency or Temporary Agencies is really good to know as more and more companies depend on these resources to meet their employment needs, its a win win for everyone.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Ms. Katiem2. Thank you very much for your good comments. Thanks for taking the time to come over. The Best...!

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      Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great hub Lilly. My husband has been working for a temp agency for a few months. Quite a change after having our own business but in today's economy we have to take whatever we can. My son has had some great jobs materialize from temp agencies. I have been thinking of even signing up for one to pick up some extra cash.

      Thumbs up my friend!

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you Dorsi! This is great positive feedback on this Hub, and it is appreciated. I am going to write the third part soon, stay tuned, and number two, has many links to agencies in the US and International. The best to you and your family. BTW, love your updated Avatar!

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      Cat 3 years ago

      LillyGrillzit, you are one tough cookie! Good for you!

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      Lori J Latimer 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you Cat!

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