I have a long history with temp agencies. I have worked with six different agencies that I can remember. As a temp, I have done a lot of things.
- Built tires
- Worked as IT in a county courthhouse
- Quality Assurance in a grain silo factory
- Taken phone orders for cheeses and sausages at Christmas time
- Re-sod a golf course
- Janitorial work
- Filled orders for a pharmaceutical distribution center
- Built armrests for Lincoln Navigators
- Worked the assembly line in a cake factory
- Medical records department in major hospital
- Painted bumpers for Corvettes
- Security guard at a homeless shelter
- Worked the assembly line in a DVD/CD factory
- Dressed as Santa at the mall for children's pictures
- Was an emcee for Nintendo during a video game competition
- Worked in the laboratory for the Environmental Protection Agency
For places that actually hire through temp services, it is a great way to get into a company. They can watch your work ethic for a few months and them make a decision on you. However, many companies take advantage of the cheap labor and let every temp go within 90 days of them starting. Plus, most regular, hourly employees of the company a temp works at think very little of temps and do not treat them well.
Besides helping a person get their foot in the door, my favorite thing about the temp services, is the ability to leave quickly if you do find a permanent job somewhere. They generally have so many people on their roster, they can find a replacement for someone leaving within hours. Two weeks notice is not always required in these situations.
There are a lot of reasons to not be a temp. Number one being that you will never make any money, you are very disposable and replaced as easy as making a phone call, but when I have needed work, they never let me down.
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