Does anyone ever do work for temp agencies?

@MaxsMom (250)
United States
March 20, 2007 3:31pm CST
I WAHM but I also take temp. assignments occasionally. I got a call today for 2 days work. So I guess I will go....it is very boring at this assignment though. I think I will take my books and study. I have some tests to complete that should keep me busy.lol What about you do you ever take temp assignments?
1 person likes this
9 responses
@Julia3269 (217)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Hi MaxsMom! I have worked the temp agencies in the past. One job was as a cashier for a utility company. I found that boring, sitting there all day taking money and handing out receipts over and over and over... Another was answering the phone in an empty house. Um, ok. I was crawling the walls. The guy had a bit of an office and just needed the phone answered - but it never rang. I think he was starting a new real estate business - or maybe he was a crook. That temp job lasted about 8 hours. lol! Good luck on the assignment. If you can study and make money, that's great! :)
3 people like this
@MaxsMom (250)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Hi Julia3269, This job is buzzing a buzzer to let people in and answering a phone that might ring 10 times all day. The rest of the day I sit and spin in my chair...lol I have been there several times and now they are requesting me...I guess thats good for me...but oh so boring. I will study and let them pay me for my time though, you can't beat that for $10 a hr.
2 people like this
@mdarma (868)
• Singapore
21 Mar 07
Good decision of bringing your books.. See u soon
2 people like this
• United States
21 Mar 07
I worked for a temp agency one summer in college. It was run by one of my professors wife and she employed several of his students in the summer. I only worked 4 or 5 different assignments, the last one liked me so much they had me temp-ing 35 hours a week for two and a half months until classes started back up, so I didn't get any other assignments. That one kept me busy, but was pretty boring, mostly filing, making address labels and sometimes answering the phone when the regular secretary was at lunch. The other assignments were like you described, mostly sitting at a desk doing nothing but waiting for the phone to ring.
2 people like this
@chargoans (940)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I am registered with five different temporary agencies currently and cannot get a job! At this point I would take whatever was offered as I have been out of work since mid-January with very little side work to be found. :-(
1 person likes this
@Kaeli72 (1230)
• United States
26 Mar 07
The last job I had was a temp but turned into a permanent position. I love every moment of it! Sadly, I'm unable to go back because of my baby and we're down to one car. I would love to go back to work only if I knew my baby was well taken care of. He is, after all, my top priority.
@MaxsMom (250)
• United States
29 Mar 07
Maybe you could work from home. There are some great companies that are hiring right now.
• United States
20 Apr 07
I have not worked for any temp agencies but would like to. I don't know if they offer work at home assignments though. Do any of you know of any temp agencies that offer work at home assignments?
@gamerart (12)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I have been working with temps for years. I am what the govt calls a perma-temp. I complete all the assignments, pass reviews with flying colours, highest compliments with all employers, but yet I can't get hired. I am trying to start a petition/dicussion about them and if you would like to check it out go to "Hello temp workers". I believe if we stand up we will be able to make the temp agencies work for us not the other way around
• United States
26 Mar 07
I work as a receptionist for a design firm through a temp agency. And I love it! I make 12 dollars an hour here and I don't do that much at all. I've been here for a little over 6 months and it's the best job I ever had. Although I'd like to do more rather than sit at a desk and wait for the phones to ring and for packages to be sent out, it pays the rent. Plus, my boss is great and the co-workers are great. What's great about temping is you can find the job that you want and decline it if you don't like it through the temp agency. You don't have to confront your boss. This temp agency I work for is Express Personnel Services. I went in for an interview, gave them my resume and got a job right on the spot. This isn't the same job, though. I worked for a musician! I inputed recording companies/producers' data into Excel and assembled promo packs that included DVDs and CDs of his band's music. So I'm all for temping.
• United States
25 Mar 07
Temp agencies are what they used to be. I used to be able to walk in test and go to an assignment that day. Now you have to set up an interview test and wait for the call. Then you have to interview for the temp job doesn't the deplete the meaning of temp work. I am at a temp job currently and they say I could be there for a year before I get hired. That is why I am researching ways to take care of myself and not worry about that awful fight for a job.