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Old 02-04-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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Recent college grad here who wants to find some work in the Seattle area. Im thinking of going to some temp agencies as well as craigslist.

Anyone who has experience with these venues could you share, are there specific jobs or companies that test?
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:08 AM
 
Location: rain city
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I haven't worked for a temp agency.

But the jobs I have had here ALL required a pre-employment drug test. All of them. I'm a gardener.

Because of the widespread cultural tolerance for recreational drug use in Seattle and widespread recreational pot smoking, most business (possibly required by their insurers) do drug testing.

Count on it.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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There's a big difference between pre-employment testing and random testing. Random testing is just that, so you might not have time to ahem "prepare", but if it's a pre-employment test I have heard that there are ways to bring certain drug levels down to undetectable levels, unless, I suppose, you've ingested 10 bong hits per day for the last 25 years.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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Great, now I'm gonna have to wait about 30 days with absolutely nothing to do, lol. Thanks for the info.

A friend of mine also told me that all staffing/temp agencies test.

Still if anyone out there still has any other specific experiences I would really like to hear.
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: rain city
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I actually saw a landscaping job ad for the east side last summer, part time, no benefits, not exactly the opportunity of a lifetime.....that stated candidates under consideration for the position would be required to submit hair samples for drug testing.

30 days won't help you there. (unless you shave your head)
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I actually saw a landscaping job ad for the east side last summer, part time, no benefits, not exactly the opportunity of a lifetime.....that stated candidates under consideration for the position would be required to submit hair samples for drug testing.

30 days won't help you there. (unless you shave your head)
Can they request the "other" types of hair on the human body for testing?
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:03 PM
 
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Can they request the "other" types of hair on the human body for testing?
Eyebrow?
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:22 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Can they Constitutionally pluck your eyebrows at a job interview?
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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wow what a strange world we live in. Recent college grad that probably spent thousands of hours and dollars to attain an education to succeed in life is willing to settle for some moronic job so they can continue a recreational drug habit. I know this may not be the case here but if it is I'm just giving my reaction.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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Interesting.. my thoughts were similar, except I was thinking what a strange world we live in, that a well educated person would be disqualified from employment simply because he choose to use recreational drugs in his/her free time.

fiveten: For what it's worth, I've never been drug tested for any of my jobs (IT industry). I can't find info on it now, but I believe Microsoft took a principled stand against drug testing for employment early on.

The most common reason an employer would drug test is because their medical insurance or liability insurance provider requires it.
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