If you’re looking for a job, as I was, you might come across temp agencies. Temp agencies are companies that take people who want to start working as soon as possible, and then they put those people in temporary jobs, usually within a week or two. Below are the pros and cons of working with a temp agency as a temporary employee. Hopefully, with these facts in mind, you’ll make smarter choices than I did, when I first started out looking for temp work.
- You can usually start working within a week or two.
- You can work full-time or part-time.
- You’ll receive a paycheck every week.
- If you don’t like the job, just don’t return the next day, and ask the temp agency for a new job.
- You’ll get to learn multiple skills and experiences.
- You can try out a career or a company to see if you like it.
- This is a great way for you to get your foot in the door, if this company is one that you’d like to work for.
- For some jobs, you don’t need any special education.
- Some jobs are temp-to-hire, but don’t count on it. Most companies will either want you to work for at least six-months to a year before they hire you, or as soon as your contract is up, they will tell you not to come in, and they will bring in a new temp instead.
- Often times, you don’t need to go through any job interviews.
- Your hours can be cut, and you can be sent home early at any time.
- There are no benefits, such as PTO (Paid Time Off), paid holidays, paid sick days, 401(k), profit-sharing, or etc.
- Very few temp agencies offer health and dental benefits.
- You’ll be paid near minimum wage, or a little higher than minimum wage, depending on your education and skills.
- You’re “just a temp” and the employees at the job may treat you like one. Some employers may treat you like second class citizen as well.
- You don’t get to participate in employee events.
- The job that you get, is not permanent. It may last from a few days to a few months. Sometimes, it can last for a few years.
- If the temp agency can’t find you work within a week or two, you’ll need to call them at least once a week to let them know that you are still available to work.
- The company that hires you as a temp may string you along, letting you believe that they are going to hire you, but they never do, because it’s cheaper to pay temp wages than to pay employee wages and benefits.
If you’re still not sure if temp work is right for you, I will offer you some advice. If you need a job fast because you need the money, take a temp job, as anything is better than nothing. We all have bills to pay. But while you are working, keep looking for a permanent job that will offer you better pay and benefits. Employers like to hire people who are already working elsewhere, as it shows that you are reliable and responsible.
Now, if you are a student, retiree, or a stay-at-home parent, a temp job is probably a good fit for you, as you probably already have health and dental through your parents or through your spouse. Anyone who is just looking for make some extra cash, or who just likes to stay busy, will also enjoy temp work.