Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sign up with the Temporary Staffing Firms Pronto

Just back from a quick vacation and company retreat, and getting through my emails. I have been noticing that a lot of people are asking for resume advice and for ideas on their job hunt. Happy to help. I was just looking at a resume of an educated scientist who has made the switch from food science to winemaking. She has very good experience at several well-known and respected wineries. Her recent positions have been harvest jobs. Her resume is very good, but I think finding a long-term position would be helpful to anchor her work in the wine world. I suggested applying to temporary agencies for hospitality roles. And then I thought that while I may know this, not everyone has worked in staffing for the last couple of decades. And now I'm telling you.

Temporary staffing companies have been doing very well during the recent economic recovery. While companies may not be hiring regular, full-time employees, they are hiring people to handle the work while they assess if the economy is really coming back. Staffing companies have seen a lot of new business and many positions are long-term temporary positions and temp-to-hire positions. When you are brought in for a temporary gig, the company can see your work style and get to know your personality--and if it is a good fit with the culture there, oftentimes will hire you on as a regular employee.

When companies start struggling to keep up with demand and need more employees, they often turn first to an agency. This flexibility allows them to stay focused on their business, and add workers quickly and as needed. While this isn't good if you are only seeking a permanent position, if you are willing to come in as a temp, you may stay on as a regular employee before you know it.

While the ideal role for the job-seeker I referenced would be more production oriented, harvest comes but once a year (or twice if you travel to the southern hemisphere), and in the meantime, a hospitality or related position could give some additional insight into how the wine industry works.

So, go, sign up for a temporary position immediately. It can give you a little cash, let you experience some different companies, and maybe lead to a long-term job down the road.

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