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Old 06-22-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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to those that have used them, can they find you a job immediately? thanks in advance
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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They're a waste of time. They use come-on ads to get you in, and after you finish all your testing and go through an interview, they tell you the following, "Well, we don't have anything right now, but make sure and call in your availability X times per week."

They don't have any jobs, they advertise jobs to get people in the office. Don't even bother.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:16 PM
 
Location: NJ
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They also want your resume so they can contact your former employers in order to gain more clients for the temp agency. You end up helping their business, while they can't find anything for you "at the moment".
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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I agree with both Moved and Wannabe. That is why I don't use them.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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wow.. i have 2 more paychecks on unemployment before it ends..and everyone told me temp agencies get you a job immediately. i'm honestly worried
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Sometimes they do give a new applicant an assignment. The unfortunate part is that temporary can last one whole day! Sometimes a week. Playing receptionist while the regular one is on vacation is a popular assignment. Maternity leaves are better because you get a few weeks from one assignment and there's always the chance that the new Mom changes her mind about returning to work.

I was placed at many different companies when I used to temp and there are many gaps in between the assignments you actually do get. One way to counteract that would be to register at MANY temp agencies and play the numbers game.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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I sat at my computer one day, and emailed my resume to every temp service in my area. That had to be at least 100. I got all of three responses, thanking me for my resume, and letting me know that they'll keep it on file in the event something comes in.
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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you guys are scaring me
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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The problem now is the economy, you have so many people going to temp agencies for too few jobs.

The agencies also advertise jobs they don't really have and as one poster said use your references to solicit business for themselves.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Metuchen, NJ (Woodbridge Township)
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you guys are scaring me
OK, do you have your resume open to employers on Careerbuilder and Monster? I have received a lot of feed back that way also. I even had my profile open on Dice. I'm not even an IT professional and still got responses.

I used many different ways to blast my profile out there. I did land interviews from Craigslist and even landed a job from Craigslist. But, I kept my resume open (not private) on job boards. My current job that I just landed found me on Careerbuilder. They didn't even post the opening. They're a very well established company and let me tell ya, super great people to work for.

So, keep your resume open. I was reluctant to do so at first, but it does pay off.

Please don't be scared, something will come to you. There is hope.

The best of luck to you,
Wendy
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