Advantages Easy & Quick Registration, Pleasant Staff!
Disadvantages Delay in Payment, Jobs aren't Great!
I think students must be the only category of people who actually work during their holidays - I mean the typical definition of a holiday almost always involves relaxation, having a lie in, taking some time off, etc. but for students this doesn't quite apply! Returning home from University in June for the summer I was handed a CV by my parents (who'd kindly adjusted my somewhat half hearted attempt to do my own), a list of local agencies and sent off into town to register with some temping agencies. It was either that or get a local bar job and well, working long hours while other people enjoyed their cavorting and drinking didn't really appeal to me!Brook Street was the first agency I registered with, well it was the first agency I intended to register with but when I turned up there I was told I needed an appointment and to come back at a later date! Brook Street has over 140 branches in the UK and has been going for over 55 years now so it's quite a well known agency that can boast experience. It's now actually owned byManpower Inc which is an agency that operates worldwide yet Brook Street still retains it's name and character.
So anyway fast forward two days and I found myself back at Brook Street, with my CV and two forms of identification (this is now a necessary requirement for any agency). I was greeted by a friendly guy who then took me through the registration process…** The Process **
First things firsts, I was given a form to fill in which was 2 A4 sides and asked me basic details such as my name, DOB, address, next of kin, NI number, etc. on the first side. Moving onto the second side things got slightly more detailed as I had to list my last 3 employers, my previous job skills and references (I found this slightly tedious as they were all listed clearly on my CV).Secondly came the imminent computer proficiency tests which almost always involve a typing task whereby you merely have to copy type off a sheet so they can measure your speed and accuracy for 3-5 minutes, a Word proficiency task to show you can carry out basic features such as opening a new document, saving a document, underlining text, etc. and also slightly more advanced features such as drawing a table, doing a mail merge, etc. Lastly followed an Excel text to show my data entry skills in number forms and Excel skills such as formulae and other things that merely confused me having not really used Excel since high school!
I then had a ten minute chat with the guy who asked me what sort of things I'd be prepared to do (in a non kinky way may I point out!) and what wages I'd be happy to work for (pretty much anything when you're that far in the red!). He gave me his card and assured me he'd be in touch as soon as anything suitable came in.** My Thoughts **
The registration process is pretty typical of that any agency uses when you register for temporary work, it's fairly straightforward and quick. All they need are your contact details, your CV to send to companies and a basic indication of how good you are with a computer and also what types of work your personality is best suited to.
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