Some common myths about seasonal employees

The month of December brings in the holiday season resulting in the demand for seasonal employees hovering at peak levels. As per the studies conducted by Career Builder, two out of five retailers (43%) have plans to hire seasonal workers during 2014, which is an increase from last year’s 39% in other industries. About 26% are planning to hire seasonal employees during the fourth quarter and about 42% of these companies plan to convert some seasonal staff members into a full time permanent employees. Seasonal staff hiring usually takes place mostly in retail and shipping but nowadays other industries are also opting for seasonal or temporary employees to help them in dealing with the year end business pressures.

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Some issues related to temporary staffing

In the United States, there were about 3.4 million staffing agency jobs created during 2013, which is about 2.25% of total national employment as per the report released by the National Employment Law Project. This sector grew by 41% from 2008 to 2012. Majority of Americans who cannot find permanent jobs find temporary jobs as their de facto career without any benefits such as vacation, sick days and insurance. Some of the temporary jobs or temping involves doing job assignments for a few months from one job to the other jobs.

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Expectations from a temporary staffing agency

Jobs do not grow on trees therefore, a candidate or job seeker has two options to check out. One is that as a job seeker, he or she is required to respond to job postings, job advertisements, job boards and the second option is to apply for a job with a temporary staffing agency. Temporary staffing agencies or temp agencies or firms are service providers who provide services that are beneficial for both the employers and the employees. These temporary staffing agencies can be approached by both the employer and or by the job seekers/candidates.

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