Other Side

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 […]

111, 2015

The Other Side: Give to Receive

By |November 1st, 2015|

Regular, clear and honest communication is vital for success for all parties

In any relationship, the biggest determinant of success is the quality of communication. In the case of temporary work, there is a particular exigency for quality communication, which is made more difficult because it’s a three-way street. Lack of clarity or insufficient communication can […]

110, 2015

The Other Side: Getting the Right Temp-Perature

By |October 1st, 2015|

How staffing firms and clients can ensure success through the right environment

As American society advances, utilizing new technology and adapting to the true potential of Generation Y, there has been a call for a type of reformation of the working class. These days, many professions outside of the service industry prioritize fiscal efficiency over traditional labor […]

109, 2015

The Other Side: A Test Drive

By |September 1st, 2015|

Agencies allow candidates to find their passion while providing jobs

For those of us who love to criticize the staffing industry, it might come as a surprise to learn there are many things a staffing agency does right. Some of the benefits they provide allow young, “green” candidates to find their passion while earning a paycheck.
Application […]