Tempin’ ain’t easy

As you learned in my necessary “about me” post, I have a burning desire to change (be a part of the change) of the world of recruiting. Specifically staffing, or as you may call it “Temp agency“. I don’t know what you think of when you think of a “temp agency”, but I know what I thought…

Lets kick it back to 2006: I had only been living in Alabama for about 4 weeks and I was beyond frustrated with my job search. I didn’t have a lot of work experience outside of waiting tables (cut me some slack I was only 20 and still in college), but I’m an EXCELLENT worker! I will take whatever job you want me to do and give it my all. I’ll be at work everyday. I’ll work harder than anyone else on staff… blah blah blah. I couldn’t find a job. Not even a job waiting tables! My [now] husband insisted I go apply at a “temp agency”. I went, kicking and screaming, but I went. I told him I didn’t need a temp service to find me a job, I could do it myself & whatever fee they expected me to pay wasn’t going to happen. I was surprised when I walked in and it was an actual office and a normal application. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but I knew whatever job they were going to offer me I was going to accept-I just hoped it wasn’t assembly or anything because I was afraid I wouldn’t be good at it. Anyway to wrap this story up they had a need in the office and the manager took a chance on me. I jumped at the opportunity, not knowing what I was agreeing to, but ready to start work immediately!

Present day: I have a conversation every single day with at least one person that had some time of “temp story fear” before they called us or came by to apply. The easy misconceptions to battle are that we charge applicants for what we do-well that would be dumb, if I didn’t have applicants to fill job orders I wouldn’t have a job. Misconception 2-We pay everyone minimum wage-false. It’s common to see several minimum wage positions through a temporary service because companies use temporary services for their entry-level positions, but that isn’t all that we do. This ties into misconception 3-we are money grubbers. We aren’t money grubbers, we don’t keep a cut of your paycheck for ourselves, our customers pay for our services AND we actually care about placing the right candidate with the right job [“Merging Talent With Opportunity“] not just sending “a body” to work.  Listen, I know there are companies out there that do charge applicants and that work with customers that use temps for a couple months and lay them off and bring them back, etc. There are companies that don’t have pure intentions, but the temporary world doesn’t have to be like that. I care to fight these stigmas every single day until we raise the bar for the staffing industry. Why? Because I had those assumptions about the world of temporary staffing and I was wrong! This job has been such an opportunity for me on so many levels! I’ve learned so much and I get to interact with all kinds of people who come from all kinds of backgrounds, education levels, skills/trades, experience, etc. I love what I do and I’m good at what I do, so naturally, I want what I do to be taken seriously. Where do we start? With our “temps” of course! We take time to get to know these people who are going to work for us, we take the time to let them know that we expect excellent work from them. I often take the time to challenge them to out-perform the employees already on the job site. We take the time to learn our customer sites and the people who our employees will be working with to make the right choice for culture fits. My goal is to place people on temp to hire assignments and watch them work their way up in a company that they love working for. I know we can raise the bar, because in our area we already have. Just a little at a time, but we are raising the bar.

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