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More and more employers today use temporary workers to fill needed positions within their organizations. These jobs can provide job seekers with both full time and part time work as well as both temporary and permanent positions. But if you’re new to temporary employment, you may wonder what you should expect. Here is a short guide to the process and how it differs from traditional employment.
1. You Apply With the Agency
Nearly all staffing agencies begin with a similar process as you may experience at any other employer: an application. The applications for temporary work, though, are often much more wide-ranging as they are designed to learn about your talents, skills, and experience without focusing on a single position.
The application process may be more extensive than with a traditional position because it has a wide-ranging purpose. You may be asked to perform some in-office or internet-based skills tests or even offered additional training to learn new skills that are in demand.
2. You Are Matched With Work
Once you complete the application, you will likely meet with a staffing professional to learn more about you. View this opportunity as a chance to give the agency what it needs to find a good match for you. While you want to dress appropriately and highlight your skills or experience, you should be honest with the interviewer and view them as an ally in your job search.
3. You Interview With Clients
Has the staffing service found what could be a good match for you with one of their client companies? If so, you may be asked to meet with the client for an interview. While short-term positions might skip the interview process, jobs with longer time frames or more requirements usually require that the client approves you before you begin work.
The interview with a client operates much the same as a regular job interview, and you prepare similarly. Luckily, the staffing service is ready to help you with interview tips, suggested attire, and even resume assistance. In the end, too, remember that you have as much right to turn down the position as you would any other interview.
4. You Work for the Agency
As a temporary employee, your relationship with your employer is a bit different than you may be used to. This is largely because even though you work at the client’s company, you are actually the employee of the staffing service. If you are sick, for instance, you will likely be asked to call the staffing service. The agency would then notify their client and make arrangements if necessary.
If you have any issues with the company you work at, take the issues to the staffing agency rather than the client. If you’re unhappy in the position, you would also want to discuss that with the agency. However, most client companies do their best to include temporary workers in activities just as they would their regular staff.
5. You May Be Offered a Position
A temporary employee who finds a good fit with a client company may receive a permanent job offer. Staffing agencies each have a set procedure for this, and they will handle the transition if you choose to accept. At that point, you would be hired as an employee through the client’s regular steps.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to accept the permanent job offer. While many people who work through temporary placement agencies want a permanent job, others prefer the flexibility and part time nature of continuing to work through the agency.
Now that you are more familiar with the five step process of working for a temporary job agency, are you eager to learn the specifics? Contact Tulsa’s Green Country Staffing today to make an appointment and move forward with your career.