You hear so much crap about temp agencies, but how about the successes?
You hear about the crummy jobs, but how about the crummy job that leads to a great full-time one?
You hear about how agencies gouge the worker and pocket huge margins (what world do these reporters live in?), but how about the business person who risks hard earn capital in the hyper-competitive staffing markets we have today?
My nephew "graduated" from a 10 year course in prison in April. While in prison he got his AA degree and was working toward a BA until the college classes were canceled, took vocational training classes (until they were canceled), read books from the prison library (until it was closed) and joined a prison ministry. When he left he had a hard time finding companies that would offer a 2nd chance opportunity to a felon. The first job he was tentatively accepted for was as a honest to God chicken plucker - but the state took too long to get him driver's license and the job went to someone else. Then he went through 3 interviews at a local Walmart and was given a tentative starting date. But that fell through when Walmart corporate rejected him after completing the background check (the local manager was OK with hiring a felon, but not corporate).
Then he was given a lead from a temp agency that works with felons. He drove the 20 miles to the interview (in a borrowed clunker) and they offered him the job. He started 6 weeks ago sweeping the parking lot and doing odd jobs outdoors. He got to work early, had a smile on his face all day long and did anything that was asked of him. Then 4 weeks ago the manager said that they liked his work and attitude and "promoted" him to clean inside the building and do light assembly of the dealer's products - and gave him a raise.
Then last week the manager said he had done a good job and that based on my nephew having had some business courses, he was shifting him to fill the open shipping/receiving clerk position. During the meeting the manager said if he wanted to stay long-term he would pay for him to get trained in truck/tractor mechanics at a big bump in pay - his choice.
I know that his experience is highly unusual, but he was willing to PLUCK CHICKENS to get a first job! His attitude and desire were recognized by a businessman willing to reward that and that has already paid off for both the manager and my nephew.