What to Look for in a Temporary Employment Agency

Say you’re looking for a temporary employment agency. Great! But where do you start? With so many agencies around, how do you know which to call? Which are the reputable ones and which should you avoid? 

It can be overwhelming, we know. 

Temporary jobs, of course, can be a great way to gain experience, try out a new career to see whether you enjoy it, find work in a new city, get your foot in the door for a permanent position, or gain flexibility for family or other commitments. 

You can find a temp job in almost any industry. By using the right agency, you can find a job that fits your interests and abilities. 

But, again, finding that agency is the first big step. 

Ideally, you would use your network to see who has had success with an agency in the past. But that’s not always possible. 

Another approach would entail checking with the Better Business Bureau or other local government consumer protection agencies to make sure the agency has a good record and there are no complaints lodged against it.  

Before you settle on any given agency, test out a couple of competitors. Look at their websites, and pay the agencies a visit in person. Make sure you have a clear sense of the kinds of industries they specialize in. 

Also, make sure you connect with the person from the agency you will be working with and get a clear understanding of whether they’ll be accessible to you. 

Do they understand what you are looking for? Can they provide additional career assessments or other ways to coach you? Remember, a temporary employment agency wants you to look good so that they look good to the employer. If you aren’t prepared, then they look like they sent someone who they should not have to the employer. It is in their best interest to help you out. In other words, if they aren’t willing to help prepare you, then they probably are not the agency for you to consider. 

Landing a Temp Job 

For someone who’s never worked with a temp agency before, the process is relatively simple for workers. It’s just like applying for a job. You submit a resume (click here for ours), fill out an application, and have an interview. 

For entry-level positions, this interview can be very brief; for higher-paying jobs, it can be more like a full job interview. There often is a screening phase during which the agency may conduct a background check or require a drug test. 

Once you’ve been accepted into the agency’s workforce, you’ll be offered one or more jobs that fit your skills if there are any immediately available.  

But if not, a good temporary employment agency should constantly be working with organizations searching for job candidates, so it won’t be long before you’re earning money and gaining experience.