So if you have been following my blog you know I have been unemployed for a bit, the first 3months great, the 2nd 3 months great it was summer and I got to travel a bit. Then we got into fall/winter.
I got the first call from a placement agency in November about a job that I had applied for in September working for a government department in clerical. Well they had me running through hoops doing testing, faxing documents, emailing etc. It all had to be done immediately so for a good week I had my pastor bringing me everywhere so I could get this done. Sent it all in. Told that I would be notified of outcome and never heard from again. So I am weary now of out of town agencies I prefer them to be local that I can drop into the office and speak to them.
Actually since I have now been involved with 4 various placement/temp agencies I’ll do point form what normally happens so your aware of their standard operating procedure.
- You apply for a position that you see advertised in the paper, job site etc.
- They contact you and ask you if your still looking and what your looking for.
- There is usually some testing involved ie. typing, knowledge of Microsoft office, office skills (This can happen before the interview either at home, or at the office), WHMIS, Health and Safety, etc
- They then conduct an interview with you. Over the phone or face to face. Sometimes two interviews one over phone then face to face. It all depends on the agency.
- They might ask to fill out a whole whack load of paperwork, basically signing your life away. ( one agency asked me to fill out over 20 pages of paperwork, provide them with my references, provide them with a copy of my drivers license and social insurance number, bank account information,Income tax papers.
- They usually do run a background check, credit check and references especially if you are applying for government related positions. Hence why they ask for you to prove your identity. Very rarely you may be required to have you documents notarized by a Notary Public.
- So you do all that and then you wait, well that’s what’s been happening with me. In fact two of the agencies that I have dealt with I have never heard from again, kind of scary considering all the personal information they asked for.
- After all that is done, what should happen is you begin to get temp placements, for me though I am not having much success as of yet.
- Keep an open dialog of your availability and making them aware that you are still actively looking for employment. I usually call or email up to 2x a week. (it’s so they remember you)