Why can't I get a job with the temp agency?
June 10, 2013 6:58 AM Subscribe
I don't understand what I'm doing wrong.
posted by winterportage to Work & Money (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been signed up with one agency since last fall, and another one since March. From November to March, I found a temp job from a personal connection so I stopped applying for temp agency jobs. Since late March, I have been applying for jobs each week on both sites. I've yet to receive any job offers. I have, of course been applying to many jobs outside of the temp agencies as well.
I have 5 months experience as an admin assistant and several years of customer service experience. All I want is to build on my admin experience, so I'm applying for all receptionist, admin assistant, executive assistant, customer service and general clerk jobs.
I've tried calling to inquire, and each time I am told to just keep applying online because that is how their process works. I get the feeling that they're just giving me a stock answer because a couple times they haven't even asked my name.
Before I signed up, I was under the impression that a temp agency is a place where you can get short gigs in the in-between times where you're unemployed (which I currently am). But it's been nearly 3 months now. Is there anything more I can do besides signing up for yet another agency? Should I be more persistent when I call to inquire? Or should I forget the whole thing?