Other Side

106, 2015

The Other Side: Setting Expectations

By |June 1st, 2015|

After going through some life changes, I found myself going back to school late in life for a career change. I decided to pursue occupational therapy, and studied in a program that gave me clinical experience along the way.

After graduation, I decided to use the services of a staffing firm to help me find a […]

105, 2015

The Other Side: Gainfully Employed

By |May 1st, 2015|

I always thought acquiring a college degree would make job searching less grueling. Apparently not in this economy, and certainly not for a nontraditional artist. Despite earning a degree in art with an emphasis in digital media, it was very difficult putting myself out there. I had no experience, nor did I know where to […]

103, 2015

The Other Side: Temp on Board

By |March 1st, 2015|

Work with clients to make sure contingents hit the ground running

It may have taken my staffing firm two months to respond to my application, but it was worth the wait. They brought me in for an interview. I arrived in my best attire, ready to sell myself to the representative interviewing me. But it wasn’t […]

102, 2015

The Other Side: Beating the Catch-22

By |February 1st, 2015|

Staffing firms help grads get work experience, but need to improve service
It’s a common misconception that if you want a good job then you need to go to college and get a degree. But in this economy where we’re getting a surplus of new graduates and a limited number of jobs, it’s not that simple. […]

112, 2014

The Other Side: Temping My Way to a Career

By |December 1st, 2014|

A college grad learns contingent work can open the doors to a promising future
As my college years were winding down, the thought of finding a job I would want long-term was daunting. Choosing a permanent lifestyle is easier said than done. I’d always fantasized having a glamorous future as a marketing marvel for a well-known […]

1510, 2014

The Other Side: On the Same Page

By |October 15th, 2014|

Set expectations, iron out details for successful project completion
I have never settled for the status quo. That attitude has helped me to work from home with a legitimate business.

We all have different expectations of the same situations. When it comes to matters of business, however, it is best to set out the expectations of each […]

109, 2014

The Other Side: Don’t Disrespect Me

By |September 1st, 2014|

How your recruiters treat candidates can cost you
As an accounting manager and the default HR department for a small, family-owned business, I worked with staffing firms from the employer side many times.

Now, I’m on the other side of the coin, finding myself unemployed after my company was acquired and my department eliminated. Because I am […]

107, 2014

The Other Side: We Are People, Too

By |July 1st, 2014|

Treating temps as humans rather than a strategy is rewarding
My experience as a temporary worker has been deeply personal. Beneath the kaleidoscopic matrix of the economy, the job market, global trends and exponential technological advance- ments, the basis of working as a temp is built on one’s life choices and circumstances.

I have worked as a […]

106, 2014

The Other Side: The Explorer, Uninitiated

By |June 1st, 2014|

Flexible: A dictionary will define it as capable of being bent, usually without breaking. I would say that’s exactly what consultants need to be in order to excel at this job. As a former Olympic wrestler and a consultant for 25 years, that’s not difficult for me. That’s what I do daily when consulting for […]

105, 2014

The Other Side: Teach Them Well

By |May 1st, 2014|

I have found working as a temp to be a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, I have definitely appreciated being employed and have enjoyed the variety of businesses where I have been placed. On the other hand, I have found that temping very rarely leads to traditional, full-time employment and I […]