You may have heard that the quickest way to get a job is to start in a temporary position and then get hired permanently. While this can and does happen, it is just one strategy an entry level job seeker can take to land that first job. It’s certainly not the best way, nor is it the quickest or the easiest way to land your first job. Here’s why.
Not All Temp Agencies Are Alike
There are several hurdles you may have to jump to even get the attention you need to land a fresh graduate job through a temp agency. You must have:
The Right Skills - You’ll have to take a few tests to verify your skills even before some agencies will attempt to list you. For instance, if you were looking for an assistant’s job, you might be asked to take a typing test. Depending on how you perform, you might not get top priority if your skills don’t match the demands out in the market.
Be In the Right Industry - Some agencies have multiple connections, but only in specific industries. That means that if you wanted a position in finance and all they have are healthcare connections, you’re just simply out of luck. They won’t tell you who their clients are, where the hot jobs are, but you’ll get the hint when you never get a call.
Not Be Limited in Your Work Schedule - If you have specific limitations like a health issue or just can’t make odd hours, you might not land that first temp position. Many temp positions are not for typical 9 to 5 pm hours and if your schedule won’t allow a night shift, you won’t even be considered.
Often, the best way to land a new job is to search out new grad jobs online. Sign up with FirstJob.comto ferret out the right skills, industry, and work hours that match your needs.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.