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TEMP WORKER: Exploring Different Careers Through A Temp Agency

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Roxanna is currently a temp for an agency in San Francisco. After graduating from college, she was unsure of where to go next in her career, and had little luck through jobs that she applied to. She is utilizing a temp agency to explore various career options; thus far, she has taken positions as an administrative assistant, a property manager and a sales associate. She tells us that working as a temp is a great way to explore.

Job Title: Temp Worker

Job Summary: Office Clerks, General

Job Description

General office clerks do a broad range of administrative tasks, including answering telephones, typing or word processing, and filing. However, tasks vary widely in different jobs.

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Short-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

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m='10530'>you.</span> <span m='11460'>So</span> <span m='11560'>you don't</span> <span m='11720'>really</span> <span m='11980'>have</span> <span m='12140'>to</span> <span m='12320'>apply</span> <span m='12630'>to anywhere.</span> <span m='13190'>They</span> <span m='13360'>just</span> <span m='13580'>call</span> <span m='13770'>you,</span> <span m='13960'>and</span> <span m='14030'>they're like,</span> <span m='14260'>hey,</span> <span m='14670'>we</span> <span m='14780'>have</span> <span m='14960'>a</span> <span m='15010'>job</span> <span m='15220'>available</span> <span m='15680'>for</span> <span m='15730'>you.</span> <span m='15984'>Do you</span> <span m='16239'>want</span> <span m='16570'>to do it?</span> <span m='17040'>This is</span> <span m='17280'>what</span> <span m='17360'>it</span> <span m='17480'>entails.</span> <span m='18390'>And</span> <span m='20510'>they</span> <span m='20660'>hire</span> <span m='20840'>you</span> <span m='21020'>for that</span> <span m='21310'>job,</span> <span m='21795'>and you</span> <span m='22060'>change</span> <span m='22390'>from</span> <span m='22480'>assignments.</span> </p><p><span m='22960'>So far</span> <span m='23190'>I've</span> <span m='23380'>done</span> <span m='23560'>two</span> <span m='23710'>different</span> <span m='23950'>assignments.</span> <span m='24760'>I've</span> <span m='25020'>been</span> <span m='25120'>assistant</span> <span m='25380'>property</span> <span m='25800'>manager</span> <span m='26060'>at a</span> <span m='26320'>company</span> <span m='26740'>here</span> <span m='27260'>in</span> <span m='27360'>San Francisco.</span> <span m='28370'>And</span> <span m='28510'>then</span> <span m='28660'>this</span> <span m='28900'>job,</span> <span m='29600'>I</span> <span m='29680'>was</span> <span m='30270'>at a</span> <span m='30730'>conference</span> <span m='31570'>selling</span> <span m='32350'>audio</span> <span m='32640'>recordings.</span> <span m='34290'>So</span> <span m='34470'>it's a</span> <span m='34580'>pretty cool</span> <span m='35030'>job.</span> <span m='36110'>It</span> <span m='36270'>pays</span> <span m='36830'>normally</span> <span m='37180'>more</span> <span m='37580'>than</span> <span m='38390'>regular</span> <span m='38690'>jobs,</span> <span m='39680'>just</span> <span m='39870'>because</span> <span m='40140'>it</span> <span m='40310'>is</span> <span m='40550'>through</span> <span m='41000'>a</span> <span m='41320'>company.</span> <span m='42880'>I</span> <span m='43010'>make</span> <span m='43210'>like</span> <span m='43400'>13,</span> <span m='43826'>14</span> <span m='44252'>on</span> <span m='44680'>average.</span> <span m='46090'>They</span> <span m='46400'>are</span> <span m='46550'>vary</span> <span m='46920'>though,</span> <span m='47220'>so</span> <span m='47430'>it</span> <span m='47725'>depends on</span> <span m='48020'>the job.</span> <span m='48900'>And</span> <span m='49200'>you</span> <span m='49280'>can</span> <span m='49380'>do it for</span> <span m='49770'>as long as</span> <span m='49960'>you</span> <span m='50060'>want.</span> </p><p><span m='50630'>A lot</span> <span m='50905'>of people</span> <span m='51180'>don't know</span> <span m='51330'>that</span> <span m='51830'>temp agencies--</span> <span m='52920'>it's</span> <span m='53050'>a</span> <span m='53110'>very</span> <span m='53480'>quick</span> <span m='53690'>turn around.</span> <span m='54190'>I</span> <span m='54270'>interviewed</span> <span m='54740'>one</span> <span m='54920'>week.</span> <span m='55380'>The</span> <span m='55480'>next</span> <span m='55730'>week</span> <span m='55890'>I</span> <span m='55920'>had</span> <span m='56070'>a</span> <span m='56120'>job.</span> <span m='56620'>And</span> <span m='56740'>I had</span> <span m='56950'>that</span> <span m='57140'>job</span> <span m='57330'>for</span> <span m='57510'>a whole</span> <span m='57660'>month.</span> <span m='58490'>And</span> <span m='58700'>then</span> <span m='59415'>it</span> <span m='59690'>takes</span> <span m='60110'>a</span> <span m='60200'>couple</span> <span m='60390'>of</span> <span m='60450'>days.</span> <span m='60760'>Sometimes</span> <span m='61270'>it</span> <span m='61330'>doesn't even</span> <span m='61720'>take</span> <span m='61870'>any days.</span> <span m='62090'>You'll</span> <span m='62390'>have</span> <span m='63040'>a</span> <span m='63120'>job</span> <span m='63370'>the next</span> <span m='63450'>day.</span> <span m='64336'>So it's</span> <span m='64750'>pretty cool.</span> <span m='65134'>It's a</span> <span m='65519'>cool</span> <span m='66020'>option</span> <span m='66470'>to</span> <span m='66580'>have</span> <span m='68090'>if</span> <span m='68210'>you</span> <span m='68330'>don't</span> <span m='68690'>know</span> <span m='68810'>what</span> <span m='68960'>you</span> <span m='69060'>want</span> <span m='69190'>to</span> <span m='69250'>do</span> <span m='69440'>right</span> <span m='69620'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='70590'>You</span> <span m='70740'>can</span> <span m='70860'>just</span> <span m='71490'>do</span> <span m='71630'>it</span> <span m='71680'>in</span> <span m='71730'>between</span> <span m='72030'>jobs,</span> <span m='72690'>or</span> <span m='72990'>if</span> <span m='73090'>you</span> <span m='73200'>want</span> <span m='73410'>you can</span> <span m='73590'>be</span> <span m='73740'>a</span> <span m='73790'>full-time</span> <span m='74170'>temp</span> <span m='74380'>and work</span> <span m='74740'>the whole</span> <span m='74870'>year.</span> <span m='75790'>The</span> <span m='75860'>companies</span> <span m='76350'>usually,</span> <span m='77260'>the</span> <span m='77340'>bigger</span> <span m='77540'>companies,</span> <span m='77990'>they</span> <span m='78080'>will</span> <span m='78190'>pay</span> <span m='78420'>you</span> <span m='79710'>for</span> <span m='79920'>your</span> <span m='80060'>benefits</span> <span m='80750'>and</span> <span m='82120'>holidays</span> <span m='82410'>and</span> <span m='82730'>stuff</span> <span m='82920'>like</span> <span m='83060'>that.</span> <span m='83350'>You</span> <span m='83460'>just</span> <span m='83900'>have</span> <span m='84030'>to</span> <span m='84120'>work</span> <span m='84310'>a</span> <span m='84400'>minimum</span> <span m='84770'>of certain</span> <span m='85210'>hours.</span> <span m='86060'>And</span> <span m='86740'>it's a pretty cool</span> <span m='87020'>job.</span> <span m='87340'>You should</span> <span m='87660'>think</span> <span m='87810'>about</span> <span m='88080'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='88360'>I</span> <span m='88510'>just</span> <span m='88820'>graduated</span> <span m='89190'>from</span> <span m='89470'>UC</span> <span m='89690'>Berkeley.</span> <span m='90470'>And</span> <span m='90630'>so</span> <span m='90830'>I was looking</span> <span m='91050'>for</span> <span m='91120'>jobs</span> <span m='91700'>and</span> <span m='92470'>kind</span> <span m='92720'>of</span> <span m='92800'>applying,</span> <span m='93230'>but</span> <span m='93330'>not</span> <span m='93510'>really.</span> <span m='94350'>So</span> <span m='94850'>I</span> <span m='94960'>had,</span> <span m='96106'>for</span> <span m='96540'>a</span> <span m='96640'>couple</span> <span m='96820'>months,</span> <span m='97120'>had</span> <span m='97260'>been</span> <span m='97400'>applying</span> <span m='97720'>to</span> <span m='97800'>different</span> <span m='98200'>jobs</span> <span m='98670'>and</span> <span m='98970'>wasn't</span> <span m='99130'>really</span> <span m='99420'>hearing</span> <span m='99650'>back.</span> <span m='100645'>And</span> <span m='100980'>not</span> <span m='101230'>really</span> <span m='101440'>getting</span> <span m='101740'>what</span> <span m='101880'>I</span> <span m='101960'>wanted.</span> <span m='102370'>I was getting</span> <span m='102660'>really</span> <span m='102820'>picky.</span> <span m='103330'>And</span> <span m='103490'>then</span> <span m='103830'>I</span> <span m='103960'>saw</span> <span m='104220'>this</span> <span m='104410'>job</span> <span m='104680'>for--</span> <span m='104950'>it was</span> <span m='105210'>administrative</span> <span m='105960'>assistant.</span> </p><p><span m='107640'>And</span> <span m='107920'>so</span> <span m='108030'>I</span> <span m='108120'>replied</span> <span m='108520'>to</span> <span m='108640'>that,</span> <span m='108960'>and</span> <span m='109150'>they</span> <span m='109280'>called</span> <span m='109580'>me</span> <span m='109700'>from</span> <span m='109800'>the</span> <span m='109960'>company.</span> <span m='110320'>And they're like,</span> <span m='110610'>hey,</span> <span m='110750'>actually,</span> <span m='111040'>this is</span> <span m='111340'>through</span> <span m='111640'>a</span> <span m='111670'>temp</span> <span m='111990'>agency.</span> <span m='113490'>If</span> <span m='113660'>you</span> <span m='113780'>want</span> <span m='114080'>that</span> <span m='114280'>job,</span> <span m='114710'>we</span> <span m='114830'>first</span> <span m='115110'>have</span> <span m='115290'>to</span> <span m='115680'>screen</span> <span m='116030'>you,</span> <span m='116440'>interview</span> <span m='116715'>you,</span> <span m='116990'>see</span> <span m='117310'>if</span> <span m='120310'>you'd</span> <span m='120540'>actually</span> <span m='120800'>work</span> <span m='121000'>for</span> <span m='121130'>us,</span> <span m='121390'>and</span> <span m='121510'>then</span> <span m='121740'>after</span> <span m='121960'>that</span> <span m='122120'>we'll</span> <span m='122270'>give</span> <span m='122400'>you</span> <span m='122500'>a job.</span> <span m='122760'>So</span> <span m='122890'>I</span> <span m='122950'>just</span> <span m='123160'>found</span> <span m='123420'>it</span> <span m='123900'>on</span> <span m='124410'>a</span> <span m='124600'>search</span> <span m='124840'>engine.</span> <span m='125210'>It</span> <span m='125280'>was</span> <span m='125580'>called</span> <span m='125860'>indeed.com.</span> <span m='126100'>And</span> <span m='127470'>it's</span> <span m='127700'>pretty</span> <span m='127900'>easy.</span> <span m='128539'>Pretty</span> <span m='128729'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='129539'>My</span> <span m='129699'>advice,</span> <span m='130030'>if you're</span> <span m='130250'>interested</span> <span m='130580'>in</span> <span m='130680'>temping,</span> <span m='131250'>is</span> <span m='131690'>that</span> <span m='132910'>the</span> <span m='133150'>reason</span> <span m='133430'>why</span> <span m='133640'>it's</span> <span m='133740'>so</span> <span m='133870'>great</span> <span m='134270'>and why</span> <span m='134490'>I</span> <span m='134640'>love</span> <span m='134770'>it</span> <span m='134840'>so</span> <span m='134950'>much</span> <span m='135160'>is</span> <span m='135270'>that</span> <span m='135390'>you</span> <span m='135480'>get</span> <span m='135620'>to</span> <span m='135710'>explore</span> <span m='136100'>different</span> <span m='137010'>positions,</span> <span m='137600'>different</span> <span m='137900'>careers.</span> <span m='139360'>I</span> <span m='139450'>was</span> <span m='139670'>assistant</span> <span m='139940'>property</span> <span m='140250'>manager</span> <span m='140880'>and</span> <span m='141020'>I</span> <span m='141230'>was</span> <span m='142030'>an attendant--</span> <span m='142790'>a</span> <span m='142920'>sales</span> <span m='143180'>associate</span> <span m='143700'>at a</span> <span m='143940'>conference.</span> <span m='144730'>It</span> <span m='144840'>just</span> <span m='145020'>gives</span> <span m='145220'>you,</span> <span m='145670'>if</span> <span m='145920'>you're</span> <span m='146010'>not</span> <span m='146170'>really</span> <span m='146340'>sure</span> <span m='146530'>what you</span> <span m='146620'>want</span> <span m='146890'>to do--</span> <span m='147130'>which,</span> <span m='147520'>by</span> <span m='147660'>the</span> <span m='147770'>way,</span> <span m='148440'>take</span> <span m='148620'>your</span> <span m='148740'>time.</span> <span m='149510'>You</span> <span m='149590'>have</span> <span m='149740'>your whole</span> <span m='149830'>life</span> <span m='150160'>to</span> <span m='150250'>decide.</span> <span m='150660'>It's</span> <span m='150840'>OK.</span> </p><p><span m='152260'>But</span> <span m='152570'>it's</span> <span m='152740'>a</span> <span m='153120'>good</span> <span m='153330'>opportunity</span> <span m='153780'>to</span> <span m='153920'>just</span> <span m='154120'>explore</span> <span m='154650'>if</span> <span m='154720'>you're</span> <span m='154810'>not</span> <span m='154950'>really</span> <span m='155120'>sure.</span> <span m='156220'>The</span> <span m='156310'>way temp</span> <span m='156690'>agencies</span> <span m='157160'>work,</span> <span m='157500'>usually,</span> <span m='157910'>though,</span> <span m='158250'>is</span> <span m='158280'>that</span> <span m='159230'>it's</span> <span m='159830'>specific</span> <span m='160510'>to</span> <span m='160630'>a</span> <span m='160690'>field.</span> <span m='161150'>So</span> <span m='161310'>the</span> <span m='161390'>one</span> <span m='161560'>I'm</span> <span m='161680'>doing</span> <span m='161950'>is</span> <span m='162180'>administrative</span> <span m='162800'>staffing,</span> <span m='163240'>so</span> <span m='163460'>it's</span> <span m='163630'>more</span> <span m='163980'>office</span> <span m='164250'>work.</span> <span m='164570'>So</span> <span m='164700'>you</span> <span m='164820'>can</span> <span m='164950'>explore</span> <span m='166210'>different</span> <span m='166520'>careers</span> <span m='166910'>in</span> <span m='167080'>office</span> <span m='167470'>jobs.</span> <span m='168630'>But</span> <span m='168670'>there</span> <span m='168860'>are also</span> <span m='169100'>staffing</span> <span m='169730'>agencies</span> <span m='170180'>for</span> <span m='170290'>different</span> <span m='171170'>careers.</span> <span m='172450'>Not too</span> <span m='172810'>sure</span> <span m='173600'>which</span> <span m='173810'>ones</span> <span m='174030'>right</span> <span m='174190'>now</span> <span m='174640'>because I'm</span> <span m='175040'>on</span> <span m='175250'>the</span> <span m='175330'>spot.</span> <span m='175900'>But</span> <span m='176180'>there's</span> <span m='176430'>different</span> <span m='176760'>temp agencies</span> <span m='177430'>if</span> <span m='177530'>you</span> <span m='177660'>look</span> <span m='177810'>at</span> <span m='177940'>them.</span> <span m='178580'>It's</span> <span m='178760'>a</span> <span m='178800'>good</span> <span m='178940'>way</span> <span m='179060'>to</span> <span m='179190'>explore.</span> </p><p><span m='180120'>If you</span> <span m='180250'>want</span> <span m='180510'>to</span> <span m='180550'>be</span> <span m='180640'>prepared</span> <span m='181010'>for</span> <span m='181390'>a</span> <span m='181670'>temp</span> <span m='181900'>agency,</span> <span m='182450'>just,</span> <span m='182740'>I</span> <span m='182850'>don't</span> <span m='182960'>know.</span> <span m='183390'>Be</span> <span m='183550'>familiar</span> <span m='183910'>with</span> <span m='184500'>different</span> <span m='185450'>word</span> <span m='185610'>processing</span> <span m='185990'>programs--</span> <span m='186780'>Word,</span> <span m='187220'>Excel,</span> <span m='187800'>PowerPoint--</span> <span m='188310'>just</span> <span m='188470'>because</span> <span m='188780'>if</span> <span m='188890'>you</span> <span m='189090'>are</span> <span m='189530'>interested</span> <span m='189890'>in</span> <span m='190000'>office jobs,</span> <span m='190330'>it's</span> <span m='190660'>a</span> <span m='190730'>lot</span> <span m='190910'>of the</span> <span m='191050'>things</span> <span m='191260'>that</span> <span m='191360'>you're</span> <span m='191500'>going</span> <span m='191580'>to</span> <span m='191620'>have</span> <span m='191730'>to</span> <span m='191810'>do</span> <span m='192640'>and</span> <span m='192880'>what</span> <span m='193030'>they</span> <span m='193100'>will</span> <span m='193260'>test</span> <span m='193580'>you</span> <span m='193770'>on</span> <span m='194530'>before</span> <span m='194630'>they</span> <span m='194960'>can place you</span> <span m='195450'>on</span> <span m='195610'>assignment.</span> <span m='197470'>Pretty</span> <span m='197820'>much,</span> <span m='198050'>take your</span> <span m='198310'>time.</span> <span m='198860'>It's</span> <span m='199160'>OK.</span> <span m='200660'>And</span> <span m='200960'>good</span> <span m='201260'>luck.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255726,"video_id":"2701076716001","name":"69221049","duration":202133,"thumbnail_url":null}});