Either you are looking for a job, or you are a business owner looking to hire someone. Should you use a temp agency?
Lots of pros and cons exist around these agencies, and before you decide to go with or without one, you should take some of these considerations into mind…
What is a temp agency?
These agencies find people to fulfill temporary positions. Maybe an employee will be out on leave for some time, and rather than hire someone just to let him in a few weeks, a temporary person would be better. Perhaps there are high seasons for a particular company and more employees are needed, like over the holidays or during the summer – temp agencies can help fill these seasonal positions.
Should a business owner use a temp agency?
For business owners who have a need to fill a temporary position, a temp agency may help them.
The temp worker will come in knowing how long the position is for and without expectations of staying on that could bring on an uncomfortable situation once the job is over. Because the business owner is not responsible for benefits, it can be a bit easier to go through an agency. The business owner pays the agency and the agency pays the employee; this can make easier.
Usually there is a pool of people with different skills that the agency has already screened and can choose a good fit for the business. No advertising or interviewing needed.
However…the business owner needs to make sure the temp agency is reputable and truly does have skilled employees.
Because there is not a lot regulation with staffing agencies, sometimes the workers aren’t really skilled to be performing the jobs they are hired for or may not be reliable. Because they don’t see it as a long term position, they may not always put in the ethics and dedication a full time or long term employee may.
Should a qualified person use a temp agency to find a job?
It can be tough right now to find a job.
A lot of qualified and skilled people are turning to temp agencies to find work. Many may find a temp job and it turns out so well it becomes a full time, regular job. Or at least many hope this might happen.
If you are looking for a job and considering going through a temp agency, you’ve got some points to consider.
The temp agency chooses the job for you, you don’t. You don’t get to check out the environment or people you work with. There’s no interview, you just show up and hope for the best.
On the pro side, however, you don’t have to do the searching; they do it for you. If they know your skills and what you are good at, you can work some very good jobs and can even try out different environments to see what really is good for you.
With more than 7,000 temp agencies in the United States, it’s not hard to find one. The tough part is finding one that fits your needs, whatever side you are on.
You need one that will fit your needs and your specialties, and one you can trust in all departments, from payment to placement to getting the job done.
Just take a look before you take a temp agency on, and once you decide to use one and find the right one, you may have a long, happy relationship ahead of you.
About the Author: Heather Legg is a writer who covers a wide variety of subjects including payroll service.