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Updated on June 6, 2015
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Job Seeking - On-line Application

In June of 2010 I was out of work, and the economy was tanking, so finding a job would prove to be very difficult. I am an older woman, and the with age, I know I am less desirable to prospective employers.

Other than what little I could earn writing, I needed to be able to meet my simplest obligation. I searched for work in a crashed economy.

In the olden days, we traipsed from business to business, filling out endless applications until our hand, being numb and blue, would nearly come off at the wrist. The expense, wear and tear, is tax deductible, but the stress and constant rejection or wait was hard on a soul.

From 1990 - 1997, as a single parent of four pre-teens, I often needed to work several jobs to make ends meet. In order to work her regular Full-Time job (34 hours per week), and find extra work on a days notice, she signed up all 4 Temporary and Staffing Agencies in her small town. Some required the worker to call on Monday of the week to let them know their availability, others wanted you to call in early of the morning the temp wanted work.

There was no telling what kind of job they would offer. Each agency had their own policies. At one agency, if you refused a job twice, you were suspended for 6 months. Lilly quickly learned how to drop into a position, learn how they wanted things done, and act accordingly. She got jobs doing data entry, housekeeping, and selling Car mats that go in automobiles.

Staffing in Portland, OR

Robert Half International - Office, IT, Accounting

One of the subsidiaries is OFFICETEAM: Specialized Administrative Staffing, and AccountTemps, On the Robert Half, Inc. site. I signed up for office jobs, construction positions, archaeological assistants.

This was on Sunday night August 15

On Monday , August 16 I received a call from a representative of the OFFICETEAM. JP, was polite and set me an appointment for the following day. JP advised me, that I would take Excel, Word, and Typing speed tests, as well as an Alpha-Numeric 10-key test.

Truthfully,I didn't expect much. Go in, pass the test, go to work. This agency has a different philosophy than anything I have ever known.

Tuesday, August 17, after my test scores were calculated, JP interviewed me. This was a refreshing meeting. He let me know if I was willing , he would make me marketable for the needs of today's businesses.

I am an older worker, but I know that in order to survive in today's technologically advanced world, a person must continue learning, and accept that things change.

The world changes everyday. I am willing to learn and change, on top of having good work experience, skills, references and an extensive work history.

What had to be done:

  1. My resume had to be redone. JP explained to me that he would go through it, and send me recommended changes via the Internet.
  2. Important: I had to be registered on LinkedIn. This is today's ultimate network and marketing arena.
  3. I had to be prompt and represent Robert Half International, in a professional and respectful manner.
  4. I must meet goals set by JP and OFFICETEAM.
  5. A requirement is primarily communicating on-line. What a relief. Save gas and the environment.

When I arrived home on Tuesday afternoon, I had two messages from JP.

  • A suggested outline for my resume was sitting in my In Box.
  • A connection request from JP to my old and unused LinkedIn account.

I re-did my resume, and e-mailed it back. Although It was after business hours, in thirty minutes JP had messaged me back.

"Great Job On the resume! Thank you JP for being there.

Quickly, I accepted his connection on LinkedIn, and found about 80 other people I knew in various platforms. Suddenly I was networking.

Robert Half Legal: Staffing In-Demand Practice Areas

Going to work, finally

On Wednesday August 18, 2010, JP called me. He had two interviews arranged. One for Thursday , August 19, 2010, in the afternoon, and another for Friday morning, August 20, 2010.

I interviewed for both jobs . The initial testing, interview, necessary Identification process, and subsequent interviews, were the only things I had to do in person. Everything else was done on the phone or on-line.

For people who have been out of work, or underemployed for any length of time, having to run back and forth to an agency is a financial burden that does not happen with Robert Half I OFFICETEAM.

On Friday at 4:00 p.m. JP called me to let me know that I was to start work on Monday, August 23, 2010.

I have included links below to the OFFICETEAM on-line application.

The Robert Half Company International focuses on all other positions. outside of the office environment. Once you have enrolled with them (free in the U.S.), you will be developed and networked to a world where they need good employees.

Good new for US and Int'l job seekers

There is good news to share with U.S. job seekers, employers, and persons in the International field,

Having connected with the State Workforce Services division's website,Workforce Services (WFS), this site, provides an area where a person looking for work, can post their necessary information, references, past employment history and allows a place for up to four resumes or CV's..

These systems are very helpful, especially for the more seasoned worker. A job seeker, does not have to continually try to remember if it was June or July when you started with "Acme", and as one ages, the years begin to play tricks on you... Didn't Kinny graduate in '97?, No, it was '95!

Once you have your information set, it is forever saved. The WFS match up words from yourresume, and the type of jobs you are seeking. A job seeker can change the parameters for limitless searches.

If there is a job that matches your interests, and/or qualified for, you simply hit a button. Then, you have applied for this job. After a prospective employer has reviewed your information, they may request you fill out their specific application, and possibly more.

Last week, I got several leads e-mailed to her home computer. I sent applications in and added my resume. My resume was three pages long. I listed every skill, training,job, and certification received in the last 10 years. My resume was a train wreck.

One job offer, from Work Force Services was data entry. linked to the job, and it took me to the website of Robert Half International (RHI). Here I was invited to set up her profile, and search jobs in my State, the U.S. and Canada.

Office Team, AccounTemps, and Robert Half Technology

Update: - I have worked for OFFICETEAM for four plus years now, and overall I am pleased with a fairly regular call to work.

Accountemps! How about start a new assignment Tuesday September 7th?! JP of OFFICETEAM sent me to another interview Monday, August 30, 2010, after I got off work. Yesterday, JP asked me how the interview went, I thought good. He said, you got the assignment. So, except for the Labor Day Weekend Holiday, I will have another job lined up for next week. This was my first week experience beginning in August of 2010, today is November 09, 2012, I am still signed up for work availability, and am often requested from many of the businesses who I have been placed with previously.

Accountemps is another subsidiary of Robert Half, Inc. Another difference in Robert Half International is they don't lock you into a "type." Yes, I can do Administrator duties (Secretarial for you old schoolers that may be making a comeback), but I can do bookkeeping, accounting, taxes, construction and on. If you have talents and skills, they will build on them. Two Paws Up! (link below)

OfficeTeam: I have gotten a lot of feedback from OFFICETEAM, and it is helpful, a positive experience.

They are staffing for 2015 and beyond.


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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      scia, thank you for the read and thoughtful comments. I hope to help many people with the temp employment jobs Hubs as possible. When people don't know, it is hard to find out "how"...The Best to you and yourn. :0)

    • scla profile image


      8 years ago from Southern California

      Great article. Definitely very useful source during this economic time. The system where you can save your past work history and references is especially useful and a great opportunity to find good job leads. Thanks for the information.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you. It has helped tremendously, and I am learning new skills each day. Learned two types of popular accounting software. Thank you for the read and comment multimastery...

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on your new gig! Every little bit help in this tough economy, whether it be temporary, part-time or full-time. Heck even spare-time income is a plus!-)

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you Lisa HW. I am finding Robert Half International one of the best. They are so diversified that a person with many skills can have many opportunities to go to work within days. They do help with resumes and offer free training in many areas...Glad you came by - Thanks again.

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      Lisa HW 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nicely done (and, apparently and based on what I'm seeing around me in my personal life, a timely one). My sister is newly in the whole process of having been forced into retirement (years before she had planned to). She's just now getting into the whole job-hunt/temp employment thing. (She, too, has had to re-do the resume - and more than once). :)

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      ExpandYourMind, thanks for the positive feedback. :0)

    • ExpandYourMind profile image


      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Good for you! You put a positive spin on your situation and are on your way to conquering the unemployment trap. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      8 years ago

      Very nice information.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      That would be very nice. I think all staffing agencies offer referral bonuses. If it could be directly attributed to me writing about it, there may be a bonus. Most people I know are FT Writers! LOL! That is not my reason for writing about getting work, but it will be a blessing for that to happen.

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      8 years ago from trailer in the country

      Very good information....they probably should also give you a bonus for great advertising.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      I want to thank the Robert Half International company for calling me about this Hub. They were kind and voted this UP!

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      cooperfsu thank you for coming by. I am glad you gave this a read, and left a comment. Glad you are still rearing to go. We oldies are still goodies! Thanks again!

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      8 years ago from Valencia, Spain

      I am also older and recently retired. But I am not done, now I am working at home.,loving it.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Katiem, thank you for the read and comment! I am always happy to see you on yours or mine :0). Hopefully others will be helped, it is always my intention. Peace friend.

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Good news all the way around, thanks for sharing about your positive job, YEA and for this awesome and informative page Working for Temporary Employment Agencies Part 11 as I really feel this is the wave of the future. It's fantastic that your helping us understand how to utilize the employment system and make it work the best for us. Congratulations. Peace :)

    • Tankadin profile image


      8 years ago

      Congrats on your new job. Hope it works out.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      dallas93444 - Thank you!

      Ingenira - Thank you! Yes, I will use my time wisely and continue to be a Hub in this Writer's Wheel!

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      8 years ago

      Congrates, Lily on your new job! Hope you can find time to continue to write here. :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      New beginnings. Congratulations! thanks for sharing...

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you Ms. Dee, I am nervous/excited to start work tomorrow. I hope I prove to be a valuable asset during my 3 week tenure on this job. :0)

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      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great to know what has worked for finding a job. Voted UP and useful! Hey, wonderful you have a new one! Hope it is going well.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      chan, thank you so much. After our 30in30 was over, I must have just needed a brain rest, because I had nothing. Finally, re-inspiration has occurred. I guess the prospect of income within 14 days get the juices flowing. Thank you always.

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      8 years ago

      Very well done Lilly!

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      greg g zaino 

      8 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Congratulations Lilly, first on the new employment :) What a wonderful surprise. second; on a positive and informative hub. You are a 'Winner' my friend!

      It's all in the homework eh! dedication to follow through and a great resume are paramount.

      :) I'm Linkedin, u'll have to look me up.

      great hub - peace, gregz

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      8 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      Another great Hub! Congratulation for your new job. Keep using LinkedIn, it is a good platform to connect to various agents.


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