I’ve ‘Temped’ It, So Now What?

aleesa-0509Finding employment after the holidays.

Perhaps you had taken on a temporary job in order to get through the holidays, but now that Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day is over…where do you look for work at this time? Here are a few ways to get your post-holiday job search a jump start.

Well, let’s state the obvious- you will need to refresh and update your resume, if you haven’t done so already. Add in your temp positions and duties to show that you have been working during the holiday times and document it as such. Seasonal employment is very common and shows employers that you were diligent about your employment status and work history.

The next step is to figure out who is hiring by either attending career fairs, or if you enjoyed the temp company you worked for, seek out other agencies that will offer the same type of work. Some companies such as Link Staffing, Corestaff, Food Team, Office Team, Aministaff, or Brooke Staffing (to name a few) offer year-around work from temporary, to contracts and temp to hire positions. This is a great way to keep the momentum going and cash flowing coming. Other seasonal companies to consider that are actively hiring for upcoming events are Aramark Regional Staffing and Aramark Minute Maid. These companies are gearing up for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as well as sports and entertainment events for the Spring/Summer months. Visit Work in Texas or Aramark for more information on available positions.

But, what if staffing companies and temporary work are not your style? Consider transitional skills into professions that are high in demand such as teaching, nursing, law enforcement, and accounting or administrative/secretarial. Transitioning or transferring skills into other industries is a common “battle plan” for many job seekers for 2010. Applicants are taking aggressive approaches to attending certificate programs, special certifications, or additional training classes to obtain the knowledge and skills needed for a new occupation. According to the January monthly report on Workforce Solutions the top two burgeoning fields grew in the last few months adding more jobs:

Health services grew by 6,500 jobs, with hospitals being up 100 jobs.
Local government educational services was up 2,000 jobs.

For more information on occupations that are high demand and high growth visit Workforce Solutions under jobs/careers…and for more information on how to transfer your skills, visit a Workforce Solutions office to see how you can start a new career.

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Aleesa Janssen is the Hospitality Staffing Specialist for Workforce Solutions in the Houston/Galveston region. She is a trained chef and has over eleven years of experience in the hospitality industry.



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