Other Side

2108, 2017

The Other Side: Living as Contingent

By |August 21st, 2017|

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one,” so the old saying goes. Contrary to what one might think when reading this phrase, though, I’ve found being a contingent worker has forced me to become not just a jack of all trades, but a master […]

2707, 2017

The Other Side: Courteous but Candid

By |July 27th, 2017|

Over the last few years, I have worked through several staffing firms for software companies, consulting firms, scientific and engineering companies, hospitals, and even a law firm — all with varying, eye-opening experiences.

I have gained many insights along the way, which I share with other temporary workers I come across. Some of these may seem obvious, others insignificant; but to ensure your temporary workers have a […]

2305, 2017

Rough Terrain

By |May 23rd, 2017|

With the frigid cold of the winter over, the snowbirds are headed back north and the need for travel nurses decreases. With this change in season, the job orders for travel nurses are not only down, but more travelers are being canceled or postponed. Neither one of these occurrences is great for the finances of […]

2203, 2017

Manage Expectations

By |March 22nd, 2017|

After working for several years as a purchasing agent at a construction company, I was let go due to staffing cuts. After having a difficult time finding a job, I turned to staffing firms for help.

I felt lucky when I got called in for an interview with a staffing company about a position it was […]

1302, 2017

Ending on a High Note

By |February 13th, 2017|

Contracting is like gambling. You never know what cards you’ll be dealt. Sometimes a two-week job is extended to 10 months or more. Other times, a job that was supposed to be long-term only lasts four weeks. I’ve learned to take most of it in stride because it’s often inevitable and comes with the territory. […]

110, 2016

The Other Side: A Job Done Right

By |October 1st, 2016|

Stories about crazy things recruiters are doing to lure business school graduates recently made the news. But what of us who are not in business school? It could be quite a different story. As a millennial, I had certain expectations, including landing my dream job right out of college. But it didn’t quite work that […]

109, 2016

You Want What?

By |September 1st, 2016|

I have had a varied career. I’ve been an editor in technical publishing, a PR rep, have written marketing copy. I’ve worked directly with authors and inside staff. I’ve spent years as a full-time employee and have turned to staffing firms a few times when jobs were tight.

Lofty Expectations

Last year, I applied through a staffing […]

108, 2016

The Other Side: Life Happens

By |August 1st, 2016|

My experience working with a nurse staffing agency has been bittersweet. Coming into this job, I was required to have at least six months to a year of clinical experience with patients, but I did not. I had volunteered at a hospital and worked for a short time in a memory care/assistedliving facility. However, employers […]

305, 2016

The Other Side: Learning to Be Professional

By |May 3rd, 2016|

Graduating from college doesn’t always ensure that you have a job waiting for you. I was one of those who went to a staffing firm hoping that my lack of experience would be something agencies could help me with. I struggled with finding one that was willing to find me a job due my lack […]

103, 2016

Port in a Storm

By |March 1st, 2016|

Conventional wisdom has it that workers view temp work as a last resort. I may have started my journey with the same attitude but my experiences have have given a different outlook.

I began my career as an employee and customer service representative, going through a few layoffs as companies or divisions closed. Tired with the […]