Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Job-Hunting Through Temp Agencies

Last week we talked about researching the job market through cold calling. Today we discuss the method of using a temp agency, or temporary employment agency, to help you land a job.

In the last decade or two temporary employment agencies have become a mainstay in helping people to find good, solid corporate work. Through an intimate understanding of the job market temp agencies are in the unique position to pair employee with employer - pair strengths with needs, experience with expectation - thereby creating an excellent employee/employer match. Just about anyone you talk to today has had some sort of experience with a temporary agency, and while some might describe this relationship as, at times, strained, many, if not most, find it rewarding, and, under the right circumstances, the perfect resource for "getting a foot in the corporate door." If employer and employee turn out to get along, (and the temp agency gives its nod of approval) a temporary position can quickly translate into permanent corporate placement.

One aspect in working for a temp agency that many find difficult to understand is the fact that, even though you may be working at a company, you are still the "bonded" employee of your temp agency. The company pays the temp agency for your work, the agency takes its cut and returns your percentage.

In this sense, the operational model for most temporary agencies goes back a long way ...way back to one of the oldest professions in history. It has been said the the earliest of "escort", or "companion" services incorporated what we now understand to be temp workers. By matching employer with employee, or by "putting the worker out to turn a trick," the agency, or pimp, would take a monetary cut on the service provided by his or her temp and then hand over what he or she felt was adequate compensation.

Today, as the business world continues to flourish, so will temp agencies right along with it!


And thanks, Decateur for your previous post. We'll all be looking forward to the next!


Anonymous said...

The blogosphere has been breached!

With the "outing" of Forbes Senior Editor Daniel Lyons as Fake Steve Jobs (http://fakesteve.blogspot.com/) our identities are now irrevocably called into question!!

While it is true that Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) did, in fact, use the incriminating prefix/adjective "fake", leaving his readers with at least a morsel of a clue that this may not indeed have been the RSJ (real steve jobs), it is unlikely, nay even unTHINKable, that every word we read is in fact from its authentic source. And so be not disconcerted but know I speak as a supporter and want to protect your genius and true name when I ask:

How do we know you are the REAL Karl Wolfbrooks Ager PhD (hon.)?

And how do we know this is the REAL FakingSmart! blog and not a FakeFakingSmart! one?

Tough questions, my guru and (if I may be so bold) mentor. But I have faith that a few simple hints ONLY your READERS would know can unequivocably prove your identification. If, however, you are a clever imposter, KWA's fellowship will oust you from the blogosphere faster than a Web browser latest edition can go defunct.

Be not afraid, bloggers, in these dark and uncertain times. Not a bad idea to make close friends aware of encoded personal questions, such as your favorite ice cream flavor, your childhood dog's name, and the second-quarter profit margins of your dearest mutual fund.

Identity theft used to mean the loss of your name and social security number. Now your WORDS are at STAKE.

Good luck and take heart,
--Anonymous (or AM I?)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

In "my" article "Turning the Trick", I emphasized the importance of the Pimp local. My business faultered, and a retraction had to be made. As far as being a temp. worker, it is best to leave after an hour - claiming to have an interview with NBC. Come back after lunch smiling!

Karl Wolfbrooks Ager said...

Mr. Anonymous, (...if that is who you really are?)
Thank you for your concern regarding the breached blogosphere. Do not worry! I am who I claim to be - none other. The evidence should be apparent to you, for who else could describe Faking Smart! with the acuity I present nearly every day on this blog. Those who fake Faking Smart! should feel sorry for themselves. They should feel sorry because the effort they expend in fake Faking Smart! is almost certainly more than needed for real Faking Smart! Fake Faking Smart! is cowardly and disingenuous.

Mr. Hollydale,
Interesting. But will the smile betray the act?