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TELL US America: What Do You Think About Temporary Staffing Agencies?

By CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O'Donnell I often get asked by job seekers who are looking for full-time employment if they should even bother to register with a staffing agency, a.k.a. a temporary help company. Having 'temped' once many years ago, as well as having worked for a staffing firm, I'm actually a fan of them. But, I know lots of other job seekers who don't feel the same way. A common complaint is agency recruiters never bother to call folks back, even when they feel they are a perfect match for an assignment the company has posted. I think part of the problem is recruiters are being bombarded with applicants due to the recession and just can't follow up with every applicant. But, I also think a lot of job seekers don't put forth the right effort or image when they approach a staffing company - resulting in a bad first impression and their application going promptly in the 'no' pile. So, I'm asking all of you to give me a status update on the state of temporary help agencies. Please share your thoughts in the comments below if you can answer one or more of the following questions:
  • Have you had a good and/or bad experience with a staffing company lately? What happened?
  • What tips can you give readers who want to register at a staffing company? (ie. Should you register at multiple agencies or be exclusive with just one?)
  • How can a job seeker make a good impression on a recruiter in order to be put at the top of the call list for open jobs?
  • Which staffing companies are the doing the best/most for job seekers right now and why?
  • Has taking a temp job helped your career or hurt it? If so, how?
I look forward to your responses. Let's help fellow readers learn more about the INs and OUTs of applying to be a temp.
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It's beginning to look a like Christmas! Well, not quite yet. But if you're looking to make some extra cash during the holiday season, now is the time to begin searching as seasonal jobs are starting to be posted.

According to the website Snagajob, 27% of companies that hire employees for the holiday season begin their recruitment efforts in August. In addition, Snagajob reports that there is money to be made during the holiday season as seasonal workers earned an average of $15.40 an hour in 2018. With that in mind, here are some options to consider if you're looking for a seasonal job for the holiday season.

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