What You Should Know About Temp Agencies

Posted on: 14 April 2016


If you are currently looking for a job but having difficulty finding one, you might want to consider going to a temporary employment agency, such as Bishop & Company Inc. Temp agencies make it easy to apply and will help you find a job so you don't have to search as much on your own. However, before you make this decision, it is good to learn a little more about temp agencies and how they work.

You Work For the Agency

Many people that first start working for a temp agency get confused about who their employer is. While the agency will send you to different companies to work temporary or short-term assignments, these are not your employers. They will not prepare your payroll and don't have anything to do with calling in sick or taking time off. The temp agency is going to issue your paychecks and should be the one you contact first if you need to miss a day of work. However, the companies you are sent to work for will give you instructions on the duties you perform.

The Type of Job is Up to You

Another thing to keep in mind is that the temp agency is able to choose jobs based on your preferences. During the interview process, be as specific as possible about what you are looking for. If you are desperate for work, it is a good idea to be open-minded, but you don't have to take every assignment they call you about. Be honest about the type of company and size of company you would prefer, the areas you are willing to travel to, your ideal work schedule, and even industries you would prefer. This allows the temp agency to fit you with assignments closer to your ideal job instead of calling you about every single job you are qualified for.

Benefits Are Sometimes Unavailable

Many people believe that working for a temp agency means you are denied benefits since you only work part-time or on temporary assignments. However, many employment agencies now offer medical and dental insurance, or paid time off, for employees who work for them consistently. They might have a rule about the number of hours to work before getting benefits or having worked a full-time schedule for a certain period of time. This allows you to get many of the same benefits regular, full-time employees would get for any particular company. 

Consider visiting a local employment agency to help you find a job you are qualified for.