Post # 1
I am looking to go back to school in the fall (please let me get accepted!), and I want to go from my full time position to a part time one. I’m having a hard time getting anyone to contact me for an interview…sigh.I posted my information on a job board, hoping that maybe someone will contact me, instead.
Well, yesterday a staffing agency called me. I spoke with her again today and I think this is the way to go. However, people always say that staffing agencies only put you in temp positions, and although I want to do part time, I want something that is permanent.
What are any of your experiences with these agencies? Do they really only offer temp or can I request permanent? A little insight would be great.
Post # 3
I work for a recruitment firm. That is absolutely not the case. if you are open and honest about them they can get you what you want.
They also get a better rate for you, too, if you’re going permanent as their fee is based upon a percentage of your annual salary (in most cases) instead of a fee per hour on top of what your paid.
I would have a good chat with her about the position and see how you feel about it. I personally love recruitment firms. Although they ‘technically’ work for the client, you, as the candidate, are incredibly valuable to their business and if the client wants you, they’ll do whatever it takes to get the best deal for you (and in turn, the best deal for them!)
Post # 4
I’ve worked for staffing agencies before. They’re great. They got my foot in the door to a lot of companies I wouldn’t have had a chance working for otherwise. They’re a great way to find full-time employment in places you want to work.
ETA: The last time I worked for one, I didn’t get hired in, but I did work at the same company for two years. I was able to negotiate vaction time and benefits. I loved it.
Post # 5
All you have to do is specify that you are not looking for temp work, that you are looking for part-time permanent.
Post # 6
I am working with the agency now to schedule an interview for the second week of May. I’m trying to time this right so that I can scoot out of my current job right after the wedding, since I shouldnt have to worry about benefits by then. So if I tell her that I’m looking for a part time, permanent position, they might have access to something? I am glad to hear that they are not only temp jobs.
Once they tell a client that I am a good fit for what they want, do I have to interview with the client? Or do they just trust that the agency picks good, qualified people?
Post # 7
@PeaceLoveLaughter: Depends on the company. Some will go by what the agency says, others will want to interview. Most will want to have you work there for a while as a temp to see if you’re a good fit with their organization. Usually, you only have to work as a temp for six to twelve weeks. Then they negotiate hiring you in permanently.
Post # 8
I worked for a staffing agency (about 15 years ago) and the reason why I did was that I didn’t want permanency. I got to choose which assignments I wanted and went to different companies doing different jobs. Sometimes I did 2 days, sometimes 2 weeks. And I got to stay home if I needed to get errands and appointments done in between jobs.
Post # 9
@happyface: That sounds good, too, haha, to just fill in wherever needed for short periods of time.
I’m going to go in on May 8th and see what they say. I hope I can find something!
Post # 10
My brother has gotten two full-time positions through staffing agencies. Started out as a “temp” and turned permanent, although he knew from the outset that it’d be a permanent position.
Post # 11
I was also hired as a temp for my current position. Not only did they give me a perm job after 1 week, but a £10k payrise after 2 years!
I definitely wouldn’t pass on a job just because it’s temporary at first – there can be some amazing jobs out there and they do the temp thing to make sure they definintely hire the right person!
Post # 12
I think if you specify, like PPs said, that you want part time permanent, they should be able to work with you. I think sometimes part time jobs are easier to find than full time due to the economy. Most people want full time, so wanting part time may be a good benefit for you. Good luck. 🙂
Post # 13
Wow, thank you everyone! 🙂 I feel more encouraged now.
@subbywife11: agreed with the PT vs FT thing….I think a lot of people need benefits right now, so they are bypassing PT if possible. Since I’m planning on going on FI’s insurance in less than 2 months, I feel ok taking PT. I noticed there seems to be a lot more PT out there right now than FT.
Post # 14
@PeaceLoveLaughter: I am in full career transition. I separated from the Navy in September and am 1 semester away from graduating with my Bachelor’s in Accounting. This degree has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with my work in the military. To get a job in accounting most companies want some experience even if it is in the form of an internship. Since I did majority of my schooling while I was still enlisted I didn’t have the opportunity to be an intern. So I opted to utilize a staffing agency to get my foot in the door. I have been working at an accounting firm since early January as a temp, but I’ve done so well that a position that should have only lasted through tax season is now turning into a permanent position.
I agree with everyone else. As long as you convey what you’re looking for they should be able to find that for you.
Post # 15
I am having the opposite problem. I have not been able to find many part time positions. I did talk to one staffing agency and will be talking to others. I have even been looking at retail since I have not found any admin positions.
Post # 16
Staffing Agencies are great. You have to find one with great people who you click with and it will be great. If nothing else you will earn solid work experience and experience going on interviews. I kind of got my job through them. I was doing adminstrative jobs for them in my field, I got to meet a lot of people and network with them. Someone who left one of the places I was temping at to go to another firm, and thought I be a great fit as they were still looking for people and passed on my name! I was so happy. You know what made her think of me? I worked hard and came in on time, but I also found and took every chance to talk about where I wanted to be career wise, and I sent a thank you notes to everyone at the office after the assignment was over, I also asked them for any feedback good and bad, and I sent them a card with all of my information and told them to keep in mind if they had anything come up.
So if you go with then, my tips are:
1. Make your intentions clear, what kind of jobs you want, when you get assignments and go on interviews tell them where you want to end up
2. Don’t be a suck up, but do little things like getting coffee for the office, or offering to stay late if they are busy.
3. Doing these little things will make it easier for you to ask for five minutes of their time during lunch or at the end of the day to discuss your career
4. Always send a Thank you note, and contact information(I did this on my own without the staffing agency)
5. If you can do it in a natural way make sure you introduce yourself to people and network a little bit.