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Old 05-23-2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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I need help with a temp agency

I am a currently unemployed college student. My goal is to get a job by the end of this month and a friend suggested a temp agency. Now I have no idea how temp agencies work and how I should go about contacted them. I know it sounds stupid, but I just dont want to end up sounding like an idiot.

Should I call their office first, or should I post a resume online with them(it has both options?). Have any of you guys worked with a temp agency? What is your experience and what should I generally know. I probably wont be dont anything specialized seeing that I am a college student.
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:44 PM   #2
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What set of job skills do you have?? What are you looking to do this summer and what are you looking to do when you finish?
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And where are you going to try to work for the summer?
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:48 PM   #4
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I haven't temped in so long, I'm sure the game has changed some. But here's what I will say, if you can get a face to face with someone, that's always preferable.

The first thing there going to have you do is take a series of tests, so to speak; To guage your clerical, admin, math, english, etc. strengths and weaknesses. Then from there they'll probably "interview" you.

The whole trick to pulling off the interview is telling them that 12th sent ya. Everything will be gravy from there.
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Re: I need help with a temp agency

It's always more personable in person or over the phone. Putting your resume on the web is a great way for someone looking for specific skill set but since you're just getting started it might be best to take the proactive approach.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:11 PM   #6
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Sorry went to shower, see im a bum I need to change that.

Ok well I hope to work in the DC area(MD and VA, NOVA area would be nice though). Specifically I am still attending college so I do not have a specific degree or anything like that. Previous experience I worked in a commision based electronics store and last summer and some of the previous semester I ran a branch of College Works Painting and managed 5-6 employees.
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I would prefer to work in a firm that has some government or business background because I am an Econ and politics major. But it honestly doesnt matter at this point, I just need work and my alternate is Best Buy which I rather not do.
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I would prefer to work in a firm that has some government or business background because I am an Econ and politics major. But it honestly doesnt matter at this point, I just need work and my alternate is Best Buy which I rather not do.
I'd suggest looking at working in a bank. It's a great summer job, the pay is decent, you're inside in the A/C, and the hours are usually pretty good. And as some people have said here, hot chicks work at banks.

If you can count to 10 you can count money.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:50 PM   #9
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Hooskin, seriously go to the Manpower office in Tyson's I have gone there in the past nice people and tons of work. they work closely with SAIC, Booze,etc... all the major players.
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I would prefer to work in a firm that has some government or business background because I am an Econ and politics major. But it honestly doesnt matter at this point, I just need work and my alternate is Best Buy which I rather not do.
why did you wait so long? with all the govt agencies around town, they are always looking for gophers. i say start contacting some of them, willing to do just about any job. you might get lucky, and work in a field you might someday be interested in
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Ill look into the bank Matty, thanks.

And I am currently looking at the Manpower site
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why did you wait so long? with all the govt agencies around town, they are always looking for gophers. i say start contacting some of them, willing to do just about any job. you might get lucky, and work in a field you might someday be interested in
Yeah I know, I know. I started doing this crap late. Then I got really busy with finals and papers. It is all my fault, but it also isnt my crucial year for internships. I am still a rising junior, I have to bag something really good for next year, and I will get started on that as soon as I get back to college.
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Hooskin, seriously go to the Manpower office in Tyson's I have gone there in the past nice people and tons of work. they work closely with SAIC, Booze,etc... all the major players.
See the problem with me is I have pretty much no relative background for these jobs.
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Re: I need help with a temp agency

Sometimes relative background doesn't matter. Companies are always looking for youthful talent to mold. Less experience means that they'll be able to train you to do exactly what they want, how they want it...

Check out several temp agencies and talk to them. Tell them what you want, and they'll do their best to accomodiate.

Oh, and the bank idea isn't bad. My wife (girlfriend then) worked at a bank for a summer, and when I'd go see her Friday evenings, she definitely had a hottie or 2 working on that shift with her.
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See the problem with me is I have pretty much no relative background for these jobs.

Don't waste your time looking at the web site. Just go down bring your resume and they will take care of you. TRUST ME!
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