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Old 12-07-2006, 01:42 PM   #1
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I was just on the phone with a temp service discussing what type of work that they have available. They have my resume. I've temped before, but not so much with this agency. The only job they got me was quite a while ago opening mail for 6 months (which I had to cut short because I got a permanent job...I gave a two week notice, but we all agreed that the work was getting thin and they didn't need me so much).

Anyway, after telling me that I wasn't qualified for the entry-level temp-to-hire positions that they had available, I asked about some of the admin positions. In addition to the BS I received a couple of years ago(which we've already decided is useless), I have been a receptionist (with experience drafting correspondence), worked in tourism, know every computer program backwards and forwards, have accounting skills, experience working with numbers, proofreading experience, database esperience...and whatever else I'm not thinking of right now...

So, anyway, they tell me that I am not qualified to be a "full-on" admin, either (12.75 temp rate), and that I need to wait for something that requires a *lower* skill level. I feel like someone is pushing my head underwater....I spend half my life excelling at everything I do, go to 4 year college because I think that it is the right thing to do, and I'm not even smart enough to be an admin...and I'm not talking about an executive admin, either. I interviewed at companies for more advanced jobs right out of college...

I honestly feel like someone is holding my head under water and I can't come up for air...

I just had to vent here.

I was nice and professional on the phone, sent a carefully written e-mail with my resume, have maintained a gracious attitude...They've only seen me once quite a while ago, so it isn't like they know who I am.
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:47 PM   #2
 
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Where I work we use a temp agency for some positions, mostly adminstrative assistants. I have hired two temps from other groups to permanent admin positions. Both had bachelor's degrees. The first one has moved on to a higher, non-admin job within the company. The second one probably could but her husband is relocated frequently and she prefers to do admin work.

Don't know about other workplaces here, but temps can have a future where I work.
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:49 PM   #3
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What I'm saying here is that the temp agency doesn't think I'm qualified to be an admin. That's my concern.

I've heard stories like yours many times...so I believe you. If only I could get in.
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:52 PM   #4
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What I'm saying here is that the temp agency doesn't think I'm qualified to be an admin. That's my concern.

I've heard stories like yours many times...so I believe you. If only I could get in.
Did you ask them why they didn't feel you were qualified?

You need to ask and get specific answers so that you know how to update your skill set and update your resume to reflect that.

Also, many temp agencies offer classes on different software etc, you might inquire about that too.
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I think it is because she thinks that an admin position requires a higher level of job responsibility than I've had...or because I've never held a position with Admin Assistant in the title.

When I asked about the admin positions, she got all hung up on the fact that I have only booked flights for my job a few times before. She said that they wanted someone who was very experienced in actually making travel arrangements. I only *suggested* travel arrangements in my tourism job, so that didn't count, either.

I wanted to get huffy on the phone, and it took all the energy I had to act nicely and eat up what she had to say...and act thankful. :x
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:12 PM   #6
 
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Hm. Maybe do a lower-level job and do so well at it that you convince them you're capable of more?
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:12 PM   #7
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I think it is because she thinks that an admin position requires a higher level of job responsibility than I've had...or because I've never held a position with Admin Assistant in the title.

When I asked about the admin positions, she got all hung up on the fact that I have only booked flights for my job a few times before. She said that they wanted someone who was very experienced in actually making travel arrangements. I only *suggested* travel arrangements in my tourism job, so that didn't count, either.

I wanted to get huffy on the phone, and it took all the energy I had to act nicely and eat up what she had to say...and act thankful. :x
Okay, I think you just need to re-write your resume to emphasize your admin experience and then try at another temp agency.

But don't get frustrated because if you live in a place where the job market is tight, the temp agencies are likely overflowing with candidates for a limited amount of positions so these people tend to get rude and dismissive when the supply/demand equation is in their favor. When they are in short supply of employees, they are much more accomodating. I've been through it.

So just keep your head up and remember there are other agencies out there. Keep trying and something will turn up. Good luck.
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Okay, I think you just need to re-write your resume to emphasize your admin experience and then try at another temp agency.
Yup. Definitely. You just need to sell your skills on your resume better. Don't lie, but you can write things that say something like "Performed all administrative duties, including drafting correspondance and and booking travel arrangements" as part of your job duties. It doesn't say you did it all the time, it just says you did it! If they ask you more specific questions in an interview, then you can tell them how often, etc.
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:12 PM   #9
 
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You've gotten really good advice in this thread.

And, to echo KCL and Who Me, try to incorporate the word "administrative" throughout your resume. Make sure to list everything "administrative-ish" that you've done.

Good luck!
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Thanks for the advice. I tweaked my resume a bit, and it probably won't be the last time. This whole process is very frustrating, and I didn't like to be talked down to by that woman on the phone.

The only reason I wanted to try this temp service again is because they seem to have some clients that aren't on my radar, and advertise better, higher paying jobs. Other services I've used have been more willing to help me, though...they put themselves in my shoes. Yet, they had the same old clients. I guess that the services are all like that once you know them.
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Old 12-08-2006, 06:39 AM   #11
 
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Are there other temp agencies you could go to?
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