Making the Most of Your Job Search With a Temp Agency

Looking for vacant construction labor jobs in Calgary or Edmonton? Here's what to expect when you work with a leading temp agency like Matrix. 

While there continues to be a growth in new construction jobs, companies are remaining cautious and temp jobs have started to overtake permanent roles in terms of popularity. So if you are struggling to find a permanent construction labor job in Calgary or Edmonton, or don’t want to tie yourself down to one role for a long period of time, temping could be the answer.

 Some of the benefits of finding construction jobs through a temp agency include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Provides a potential route to a more permanent job
  • Quicker construction labor job placement
  • Access to training programs and continuing education
  • Better job preparation
  • Better understanding of the prospective client

At Matrix Labor Leasing, we treat all of our employees with respect and strive to find the right construction labor job placements that suit your unique skills, advancing your career to the next step.

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What is a Temp Agency?

Temporary employment agencies - also known as temp agencies - provide employees to a variety of businesses via short-term contracts or indefinite temporary positions.

FOR THE EMPLOYER: Temp agencies perform similar duties to an HR department but may be able to do so more efficiently as they have access to a wider applicant pool. 

FOR THE EMPLOYEE: Temp agencies are a place that will put in the hard work to find them a job, even in a difficult job market. In addition, a temporary construction labor job can be the foot in the door that leads to a more permanent position.

Leading Construction Staffing Agency in Calgary

Matrix Labor Leasing is a full-service temp agency specializing in the placement of the skilled trades workforce across Canada. We use an innovative business networking site, Matrix Connect, to match skilled workers with relevant construction labor jobs.

 This not only makes it easier for employees to apply to jobs that suit them but also eliminates the worry of wrong hiring and allows employers to screen for the most qualified candidates.

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What to Expect When Working For a Temp Agency

Doing temporary construction work has many benefits, in addition to being able to pay your bills. Your skills will stay up-to-date and it may give you an inside track to a more permanent job. Working with a staffing company also expands your network and helps you gain experiences with new employers.

However, before you start working with a staffing agency, it’s important to fully understand the relationship between recruiters and candidates. Any misconceptions can lead to confusion, misunderstandings and hurt feelings.

Here are some tips on how to work successfully with a construction temp agency to help you make the most out of your job search:

Understand who your employer is

When you accept a temporary job through a temp agency, it’s important to understand that the STAFFING FIRM is technically your employer. 

This can be confusing to many first-time temps but remember that, although you’ll report to the manager at the company, your paycheck and benefits will come from the temp agency.

Concerned this may be a hurdle in turning your temp job into a permanent one? Don’t worry! While there is no guarantee that your temporary construction job will become permanent, transferring payroll and benefits information is easy and won’t be a barrier if it does.

Understand the staffing agency’s expectations and processes

A reputable temp agency will work with you early on to set expectations around communication, feedback and the processes they follow for setting up interviews. Before you accept your first job from the firm, make sure you know the answers to these questions: 

  • What can you expect from working with the temp agency?
  • How often will they be in touch? E.g. Daily, once a month?
  • How long will it take until you get a temp job?
  • Will you receive feedback about your resume and interviews?
  • Are there any training courses available to improve your skill set?  

If you don’t receive answers to these questions or are unclear about any part of the process, it’s important to ask!

Insist on transparent communication

The team at your staffing agency should ALWAYS be open and honest with you, providing any feedback that could help improve your skills, emphasizing your strengths to potential employers and being truthful when a construction job isn’t the right fit for you.

However, YOU MUST RECIPROCATE. A temp agency can only do their job well when their employees are honest with them. While you may be hesitant to share certain information out of fear that it will negatively impact your chances, not being honest will damage your reputation and the agency’s.

In most cases, a skilled recruiter can work around any potential issues and assist you in finding the right construction labor job position.

Take charge of your construction job search

While you may be working with a temp agency to find a construction job, you are the boss of your own job search. This means:

  • Knowing where your resume has been submitted
  • Making sure the construction jobs you are being submitted for are a good fit
  • Checking up with your staffing agency about any feedback/responses from job applications

Making sure you stay on top of your own job search will allow you to work very successfully with a temp agency and ensure that you find temporary positions that will help further your career.

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To find out more about how our temp agency can help you find the perfect construction labor job in Calgary or Edmonton, contact our office at 1-866-666-9520 or fill in our online contact form.

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