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How to Find a Good Temp Agency in Toronto. Part 2

They use the city.
Understanding and working with the unique employment ecosystem of Toronto is integral to a temp agency’s ability to make successful connections. A good temp agency understands how the city influences the way people work and uses this knowledge to look beyond the usual qualifications to make great matches.

Toronto has the wonderful advantage of being home to a culturally and ethnically diverse population. A good local agency should have the tools to see diversity as a part of life and not a barrier. For job searchers who aren’t fluent in English or are new to the city, a Toronto temp agency is a way to connect to employers that have the right tools and workplace culture to help you succeed – something that may prove harder for an agency with little familiarity with the city and its employers.

Toronto temp agencies are unparalleled in terms of local choice. Toronto works 24-7 and its many industries need all kinds of employees, which translates into opportunities, especially for candidates looking to test new career paths or accommodate non-traditional schedules. In a city of 5 million and growing, turning to a Toronto temp agency can also connect clients to a huge range of talent. It’s ideal for filling a big order with quality employees and even more ideal when you’re trying to find someone with a niche skill set. By default, Toronto temp agencies have access to more employers, more candidates, and more variety. A good local temp agency knows it, and isn’t afraid to use it to their – and your – advantage.

Matches that work logistically – giving clients employees who are able to be on time, show up at a moment’s notice, or have reliable access to transportation to get to and from work every day – is an often overlooked element of successful, happy career connections. Taking the logistics of getting to and from work seriously is especially important in a gridlocked metropolis with a transit system that’s struggling to keep up. A good Toronto-based temp agency will understand what it really means to get to work in the city and are better equipped to find reasonably accessible workplaces and deliver reliable, punctual candidates to their clients.

They build great relationships.
Good temp agencies use great service and strong relationships to build lasting partnerships with their clients and connect the best candidates to great jobs. A good agency’s service puts you first. They should be there when you need them, meet your timelines, answer your questions, and address your concerns and problems fairly. Beyond that, a good agency gives you the kind of individual attention that results in successful connections. Great employer-employee matches are made by employment experts who approach the hiring process with passion and creativity, and know the right questions to ask to make sure your expectations are met. That means working closely with their clients to understand their workplaces and decipher what kind of employees help them prosper, and working closely with their temps to make sure they make mutually beneficial connections. By being thorough in getting to know their clients and candidates, an agency equips itself to build strong databases and match any job to any employee. And, once they’ve made that great match, a good agency will always follow up to make sure you’re satisfied with their service.

At Alpha North Group, we want finding a great local temp agency to be easy. If you have any questions about our temp connection services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Temporary vs. Permanent Employment.

As a recruitment agency that specializes in temp, temp-to-hire, permanent and contract placements, we have a well-rounded understanding of the pros and cons of different employment positions.

However, it seems as if lately the options in Ontario have been limited.

Newspaper headlines which read “Unemployment down from 7.4% to 7.3% since May” paint a misleading picture. Statistics Canada states that unemployment has slid from over 555,000 people to under 549,000 during the month of April 2014. However, the real question becomes what is considered “employment”.

The numerical breakdown is that More than 30,000 full-time jobs disappeared, while part-time positions climbed by 45,000. Meaning that any growth in employment during the past year can really, only be attributed to part-time positions.

So is this a positive trend or will this shift toward temporary employment have negative effects on the Canadian job market? The fact of the matter is that there are pros and cons to both sides.


Temporary Employment Pros


As an employer, Hiring individuals on a temporary basis has many advantages. For example, hiring temporary workers is a good way for companies to fill “extra positions”, if someone is quitting or going on maternity leave. Temporary employment can also be a good way to test out new employees to find out if they are a good fit for the company before hiring them permanently.

As an employee, working at a temporary position is a good way to gain experience and valuable job skills. You are also able to make new connections and essentially “test-drive” a position. Without a permanent employment contract you are able to work at a company and see if you like the culture and job requirements. Temporary employment leaves you with a lot of flexibility to stay or leave a certain company depending on your needs and wants. Lastly, as a temp you aren’t constantly fighting office politics and competing with other to get ahead, you are simply there to do a specific task for a predetermined amount of time.

Temporary Employment Cons


As an employer, Often times it takes longer to train a new temporary worker then it does to retrain, or teach a permanent worker new skills. Also, when hiring temporary workers, it is often the case that they will be less motivated to take initiative to work harder on the assigned task, since there is less reward for them to go above and beyond.

As an employee, although your job is more flexible it is also much less stable. When you are not able to plan ahead in your career it is often stressful, particularly when you are not able to find a new temp job before your current one ends.  Permanent workers working for the same company may treat you as a second class citizen, since they are assuming that you will be leaving soon anyway. It is possible that you won’t be given a chance to be a part of the companies “inner circle”.

Permanent Employment Pros


As an employer, you can count on a level of stability. Hiring permanent workers sometimes increases morale. When workers feel that a company is heavily invested in them they may feel more invested in the company.

As an employee, one of the main benefits is job security. You can rest assured that as long as you are doing your job, it is very unlikely that you will find yourself unemployed. Lastly, as a permanent employee you have lots of room to grow within a company.

Permanent Employment Cons


As an employer, As mentioned above, when hiring someone on as permanent staff there are a lot of financial, technical and administrative commitments you must make. Which leaves you vulnerable in case an employee isn’t working out.

As an Employee, you are tied down, at some point you may not be able to progress further in your career but will be unable to easily move to a new position without “wasting’ the years you have already invested at your current company.

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