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Job search advice: How to get a new job with a temporay staffing firm in 2014

When it comes to the job search, job seekers shouldn't overlook the opportunities at temporary staffing firms. Over the years these type of job opportunities have unfairly been stereotyped as opportunities to pursue only when all else fails. Sure, there are the jobs packing candy in boxes or working at a lawn care service - two temporary jobs I held as a teenager.

But there are also highly-skilled, professional jobs in a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing, to IT, finance and accounting, sales, creative and more. The reality is, if there is an industry, there is a temporary staffing company in that industry. There is even a company that specializes in contract, contract to hire and direct placement roles for science industry professionals. And these are good jobs too, many that offer full health benefits for those who come on board, as well as training opportunities.

Working a temporary staffing job or with a staffing company can be a great way to bridge the gap between jobs, or when you just can't find a permanent full-time job. This Star Tribune Ask Matt article from October titled Should I take a temp job if I want a full-time job discusses those options.

If you are looking for a job, consider an opportunity with a staffing firm. How does one land those jobs to close out 2013 or head into 2014 with a new job? Follow these tips from staffing firm Robert Half:

  • Go Where the Jobs Are. Do your homework and find out what jobs ramp up their hiring efforts during year-end. Many people focus on temporary hiring for retail jobs, but there are many professional temporary positions available at year-end too, particularly in accounting and administrative support.
  • Explore all Options. Look on-line, network with friends and family, and consider walk-ins.
  • Be Flexible/Be Open. Make yourself open and be flexible to last minute requests. Offer to work extra hours or during off-hours, and be a team player. This will help you stand out among hiring managers.
  • Work with a Staffing Agency. Staffing firms typically are well connected in their industries, and can be a great resource in helping job-seekers identify opportunities they may not be able to find on their own.
  • Remain Positive. This is easier said than done, but employers want to work with people who are enthusiastic, remain poised and perform well under pressure.

Remember, it may be a temporary opportunity, but it will provide permanent experience - something every job seeker - and employer - wants.

If you are a job seeker and seeking a new opportunity, but are not getting interviews, then it might be time to update your resume. Before applying to a temporary staffing firm, contact Matt Krumrie of to update your resume.

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