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« on: March 19, 2007, 06:20:02 AM »

I have gone to a few temp agencies and they seem offer entry level job positions.  I have sat down and talked with a representative from the agency and told them about my educational background which includes a masters degree.  They usually take down my information, but they never get back to me.  I call them up fequently and ask if they have anything, but unfortunately they have nothing relatd to a career in business administration.  Has anyone used a temp agency to find work?  What was your experience with them?
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2007, 09:23:46 PM »

I have gone to temp agencies in the past.  Some people get lucky and the company they are working for decides to hire them.  In my situation, I was hired on a month to month basis.  That was stressful because I never knew if I had a job next month so I kept looking for work.  Eventually I found a job by myself.  My job advice would be to use a temp agecny for quick cash and use the experience to put on your resume.   
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007, 02:00:56 AM »

I think some agencies are definitely better than others!  Also I do think that some can put pressure on you to take a lower paid jobs if this is all they have.  Yet at the other end - the head hunting - they can be quite useful since they negotiate your package for you and this is great (if you are so lucky) since I am told you can ask for all sorts of stuff without getting your hands dirty, so to speak. 

I totally agree with you Stanford, if they are not looking for you because they have a desperate client, then they do not go out of their way to keep you informed of things.  They certainly don't work the other way round - i.e. see if they can find you something suitable.  But at the same time they want to keep you 'on the books' just in case something comes us. Now, I understand that it is the client that pays their fees so this is where their focus is but as I said, some are better and can manage to make you feel human so I guess it is possible.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2007, 01:25:35 PM »

If you think about it Temp Agencies fill temp positions - which are unlikely to include higher level posts

There are interim agencies that specialise in professioanl roles to cover maternity leave etc.... these may be more up your street

Alternatively, if you simply need to find an income while you hunt for your dream job, widen your scope with the temp agencies and be willing to do more of the entry-level kind of jobs
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