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The cold reality of working as a
temp is that you are usually dependent
upon your staffing service to get you
work. Staffing services are often the
way to get back to work faster than
waiting for a full-time job offer to
The staffing services have the clients
who need people to fill their jobs, so
the staffing services are the gatekeepers
to your temporary employment (which
may become permanent). Of course,
this is assuming there is market demand
for work in your field.
Although staffing services are the
vehicle, you are the fuel that makes
them go. And, believe me, they need
YOU. But, just what kind of fuel are
So, focus on the positive, what YOU
can do to help the process of finding
temporary work, and remember you
have two clients to please - the staffing
service and their client, the employer.
Here are three tips on getting more
work as a temp:
1. BE QUALIFIED
Make sure your job knowledge and
technical skills are current and con-
tinually up-dated so you are qualified
and will be considered.
If you are out of work now, entering
or re-entering the job market, staffing
agencies and employers are looking for
people with first-rate skills. You must
stay sharp. Finding employment,
including temping, requires your best
Because being at a level of "qualified"
might not be enough . . . read, read,
read. Know what s going on in your
specialized industry or job area. Seek
ways to increase your knowledge and
become a mini-expert about your field
so you can present yourself as uniquely
well-informed. Obtain certifications if
Join your industry association (prob-
ably a fee charged to join, which may
be prohibitive at the present time, but
perhaps not in the future) or join a
MeetUp group or groups (which are
typically free) to build a network, make
contacts, and continue your learning.
Take any relevant or helpful training
offered by your staffing service once
you get registered.
A qualified temp is also able to pass
a background check by a staffing serv-
ice or future employer. Make sure there
are no issues that will prevent you from
passing. Areas that are checked can
vary by staffing service or job, but often
include a check into your driver s
license, education, criminal and/or
credit records. There may also be drug
testing that is performed.
If you know there is an issue, be
upfront and mention it before the
background check/testing has begun.
There are times that a conversation
explaining the situation makes a dif-
ference. If you say nothing, and a prob-
lem is discovered, you will likely not
even be considered further in the
process because of your lack of disclo-
2. BE A GOOD "FIT" WITH
THE STAFFING SERVICE.
Staffing services have many temp
candidates to choose from for jobs, and
they will always look for the best qual-
ified who are an all-around joy to work
Being a pleasure to work with sounds
simple enough, and most would imme-
diately respond that they are.
But, you need to be brutally honest
here. We all have our quirks and if any
of yours show in an interview with a
staffing service or while dealing with
a staffing service or one of their clients,
you may start to become less desirable
Some of these less-desirable quirks
• Inappropriate dress
• Being unreliable
• Being hard to reach
• Turning down work too often.
The staffing service is going to be
your advocate to their clients, so
demonstrate that you are someone who
will represent them well and will be
partnered with them to support their
During your interview with the
staffing service, ask what qualities they
see as ideal in their temps, and what
qualities their clients prefer. Then, do
your best to demonstrate those qualities,
and leverage that information to yield
Staffing firms want temps who make
them look good in front of their clients.
3. PERFORM AND BEHAVE WITH
EXCELLENCE ON THE JOB
Temps who produce high quality
work, which is mistake-free, and who
take initiative are going to be valued.
Those who provide that something
extra are actions that are going to be
noticed and remembered. For example:
• "I arranged the list alphabetically by
last name and also by date."
• "I made you 3 extra copies just in
case you might need them."
• "I left a voicemail and followed up
with an email."
Displaying a strong work ethic, which
includes on-time attendance (not only
in the morning, but at lunchtime and
breaks as well), dressing appropriately,
positivity, being a generous team player,
and adapting quickly to corporate cul-
tures are going to encourage callbacks
Temps who come prepared to play by the rules
and treat job assignments with the care they would
extend to a full-time job are all winning approaches.
It shows you are serious as a worker---providing a
solution and a service, no matter your status (temp
vs. permanent). Being a serious worker increases the
chances that a company asks for you to return for
future assignments, having a temp assignment extend-
ed, or having a company provide rave reviews about
you to your staffing service.
Any of these will certainly make you more in
demand as a temp.
All these items are things within your own control
as a temp and set you up for more work through
your staffing service. Remember, you are the fuel
that makes the staffing service go, so make sure
you re offering Premium!
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