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Temp Assignments

Updated on November 15, 2010

Temping: who does it and why?

Temporary employment solutions are meeting the needs for a vast majority of the population. Lifestyles today are drastically different from earlier decades. College students increase exponentially each year, and they are always seeking fast employment to help pay tuition and living expenses, while building their work experience.

With the economy fluctuating within various industries, the number of layoffs has increased, to include several generations who worked for few companies in their career span, some getting their jobs right out of high school. Consequently, those people find they have little or no skills and most likely no college education, so they are overlooked more and more for top-paying jobs comparable to what they had been previously making.

In both cases, temporary placement can be an ideal match, providing several benefits:

  • Easy money. Paychecks are issues weekly, or bi-weekly, available for pick-up or are deliverable by mail at the end of each week.
  • Flexibility. Not only can you choose your hours, day, or geographic location, there are also no hassles involved when you decide to leave. After all, it is a temporary situation, and if you find a better offer or need to change your available hours to work, agencies are usually flexible in revising or terminating their agreement with you.
  • Workforce experience. For some, temporary work serves as the first job to add to the resum. For others, it enhances work experience for those who have little industry experience.
  • Skill-building. Assignments are generally matched up with your strongest skills. A person proficient in typing and computer skills might have a data entry position; another who calculates math quickly might serve as an accounting aide.
  • Option of temp-to-hire or temporary. Company dynamics change just as surely as the needs of all working adults change at different points in time. Temping-to-hire allows companies employ someone on a probationary term, with the intent of hiring permanently if exemplary work is displayed. This also gives you the ability to choose to stay or leave without the need for exit interviews or lengthy paperwork often required with permanent employees. Temporary working is also a convenient way for a company to have a position filled while interviews for a permanent replacement are being conducted, allowing you to move on to a new assignment if you are the type of person to thrive on varied working environments and experiences.
  • Networking. Making connections with other people from the company in which you are placed can lead to a better position within the company or elsewhere.
  • Comparable Salary. Since assignments are temporary, the agency is able to pay a temporary worker higher wages than most part time jobs. You have the ability to turn down a job that does not have a desirable wage, or make an offer for the desired price range. Although your preferred amount is not always guaranteed, it will generally fall within that range.
  • Health insurance. Part-time and full-time temporaries can be entitled to health insurance through the agencya lifesaver if you do not have any existing insurance. As a part-timer or full-timer, you must work a certain amount of hours and/or months before you qualify for coverage. In either case, it does not mean you are limited to a specific assignment in order to be insured.

What to Expect

Being prepared ahead of time will increase your chances of employment. Contact everyone on your list of references to let them know your job-hunting intentions, so that they will not be surprised when called, which might hinder their positive feedback on your working ethics or skills. During your initial contact with a temporary agency, you will be required to complete an application and to sit for an interview. Keep a copy or two of your resum on-hand, along with your list of references for the agency to have on file. After your skills are reviewed, you will be given any number of tests to verify the types of assignments to which you would be best suited. Basics include mathematics, English, typing, and word processing. Once test results are available, a secondary interview might be conducted to discuss possible placement opportunities. While there is no immediate guarantee, assignments can be granted within a few hours to a week or more.


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