Before the latest unemployment statistics are compiled, collated, analyzed and poured over to determine whether the job market is improving or not, staffing and placement agencies are already in the know. Before the data is even collected, agencies are taking requests from companies who have needs but aren’t yet ready to bring on permanent employees. Hence, temporary employment, yet a sign that things are improving.
Many job seekers have expressed their frustrations with registering with agencies to hear nothing back. Ever. And it’s easy to feel it’s a waste of effort. What these potential candidates don’t realize is that there are hundreds of others who went through the same process yet only dozens of job openings available to fill. With these ratios a larger percentage of registrants will continue to look for work while only a small few have success with agencies.
One of the biggest complaints is the testing. If you register with four agencies, you can expect to be tested four times. Sometimes it’s the same testing, usually ProveIt, though some agencies have customized testing yet the same information. The testing, though, isn’t to see if you know the software, consume your precious job-seeking time nor a process which isn’t a huge necessary step in vetting potential candidates.
When a client is requesting someone who has advanced skills in Microsoft Word, specifically with mail merging, creating multiple columns and exporting to multiple formats, saying you’re proficient with Word and scoring in the 80 percentile range isn’t going to be enough. Not when there are other candidates who are scoring 100 percent. Would you prefer a mechanic to install your new air conditioning unit just before summer who scored an 83 percent or a 98 percent in “installing a/c units just before the summer heat”?
It is highly recommended to register with several local temporary employment agencies to generate some income while you look for work, to meet potential clients who may be interested in you for more than a few days, and to keep your mind sharp in these stressing times.
Many temporary agencies are placing candidates in administrative support roles, and most of these positions require taking assessments mainly revolving around Microsoft Office products. If it’s been a while or you just feel you need to brush up on your skills, definitely indulge yourself with the free online Microsoft Office Training. In addition to Microsoft Office products, do a search for tutorials of software needed in your field, even using YouTube for video tutorials, to ensure your skill set doesn’t erode like your bank account.
Register with a staffing or placement agency today, sharpen your office software skills, and get your foot through the door with a company emerging from the recession before the media spreads the optimism and you’re competing with everyone sitting in front of the television waiting out the storm.