Originally Posted by kickstart
Any tips when dealing with temp agencies? Just got hipped to them.
I'd say make sure they have a physical location or HQ and request to go in and speak with a staffing manager if they don't initially ask you to come in.
Be honest with the hiring manager about your goals, the kinds of jobs you're looking for, job history, resume, etc. The more transparent and honest you are with them, the easier and faster they can help you. Also if they're reputable, they should have training materials so you can brush up on interviewing, dressing appropriately, proper resume, etc. so use them if you need them, and at least look them over if you don't.
Check in with your hiring manager regularly to see if they have any new jobs that you may be eligible for. If you just want to build experience before looking for a full time, then ask for short term temps like 30 days or 3 months. If you have a career path in mind ask for temp to permanent positions, usually 4-6 month temps with the option of transitioning to full-time. Also IMO its better to have your temp work at one company for short period then after a few months move to the next, instead of working one day at one place, then working somewhere else for 3 days, then moving somewhere else for another day. its better to have consistency. If you need work asap, tell them to put you in for whatever so you can at least get some interview experience. You also might end up liking a job you never thought you would. If you're at a spot you like, and you're doing a good job and want to actually work there, ask for a full time offer. Your agency should support you, they shouldn't need you as a temp forever, and its def not your goal to keep giving them a cut of your check if you can get a full time.
You can use more than one temp agency at the same time. Not all of them are good, so go check out a few, meet the staffing managers and you should be able to determine which ones are worthwhile by how active and often they follow up with you and let you know about new positions. I used 2: my first one was great. Had 3 staffing managers looking for jobs for me. In a month they put me in for 5 positions and I went for 2 interviews. found a 2nd agency a week after finding the 1st but after never hearing from the staffing manager there after our first initial meeting, I just stuck with the first agency and they ultimately got me the job I have now. I also used an online based agency and got nothing out of it, so that why I suggest making sure they have a location with people you can actually go and speak to.
Lastly, an important thing to remember is that once you take a job, you're representing not just yourself but your temp agency also, so do your best because your supervisor will definitely let your staffing manager know about your performance. Plus you may inadvertently affect their ability to employ future temps at that company. Ask your supervisors for feedback and to evaluate your performance, keep your resume up to date, and network while your there. Most importantly, do your due diligence by staying current with any software, databases, applications, etc that you should know for your field. You're only hurting yourself if you don't.