Temping in Toronto
February 11, 2014 12:14 PM Subscribe
Tell me about temp agencies in Toronto. What are the best ones, how do they work, and how can I tailor my pretty specific skills to a more general employment audience?
posted by yellowbinder to Work & Money (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a video editor, and have been officially out of work for about a month. I'm applying to everything I can find, sending out cold emails, reaching out to friends/co-workers in the industry, and broadening my search somewhat, but job postings are few and far between and I've only had a few interviews that did not work out. EI is keeping me afloat, but the stress and boredom of unemployment is starting to wear me down. I need something, anything to get myself out of the house, making money and feeling like a human being again. I've just about reached the end of my cold contact and networking lists, and am going to broaden further out to looking at temp agencies next week. But I have no idea where to start or how to write a resume that is tailored to more general work. Like, an office job won't care if I know Final Cut or Avid or AfterEffects etc.
I definitely have transferable skills, I'm detail oriented, able to absorb a lot of information and cut it down to the most important, have experience supervising others, I'm a pretty decent writer and (text) editor, basic Microsoft Office skills, etc but I have no clue how to put all that into an appealing package.
So how does temping work? What are the good agencies in Toronto? Will they help me craft a resume, or do I need to come with one prepared? What exactly do I put on a resume when all my specific technical skills are limited to one industry they probably won't be dealing with anyway? I'm spinning my wheels a little and really don't know how to proceed.