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Review of Temporary Alternatives

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295 Madison Ave
New York, NY

Total time with agency:
Approx 2 Weeks

Wait for first assignment:
3 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
? Months Pharmaceutical Firm(mark dept) 17
Attorney/Paralegal 1 Days Attorney on Wall St 15 Y

Tests given:
MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Typing

Payroll policies:
On-site time sheet pickup: Y
Direct deposit of payroll checks: Y
Free check cashing at agency's bank:

Medical insurance: Y
Dental insurance: Y
Paid vacation: Y
Transportation allowance:
Entertainment allowance:
Matching contributions:

So far, so good w/ Temp Alternatives. I recently resigned from my full-time editorial job in August 2003, and I registered w/ 3 temp agencies in Manhattan. Temp Alternatives wasted no time in getting me work, while Aldan Troy and Merlin did nothing but jerk me around.

They invited me to come into their office 2 weeks ago, after I sent them my resume via e-mail. I took the normal computer tests. The tests were multiple choice, different than most agencies. I then sat down w/ an advisor. He was impressed w/ work experience, education, skills, and the fact that I live in NJ (they have a large client in Jersey City). I was told to call EVERYDAY for work, that is the only way you obtain work from them.

I decided not to call them for the 1st week (I wanted to explore other options). However they called me for a Sat job @ a law firm downtown. It was from 8-5/$15 hr. That's easy money, so I took it.

I went into the office the following Monday to drop off my timesheet. They already had a job starting the next day if I wanted it. I couldn't take it, but I called them the following 2 days.

They hooked me up w/ a job in Marketing w/ their big client. They are not sure how long it's going to last, but it pays $17/hr. Not bad at all.



Sat Sep 27 14:34:40 EST 2003

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