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Rae Ann Chinn, a temporary employee at NCMH, types a nursing manual into a computer terminal
Temporary employment agencies
place students in short-term j obs
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Students looking for summer jobs
in the Chapel Hill area can sometimes
find temporary positions with the
help of employment agencies.
Smither and Associates Personnel
Services looks for students with office
skills, said Malena Smither, president
of the service.
We are looking for students with
anything from entry level filing,
envelope stuffing, word processing or
administrative skills," she said.
Applicants must appear for a
personal interview at the agency,
where they are given skills evaluation
tests to measure spelling, clerical,
typing, basic math and bookkeeping
Students with office skills are given
work assignments and kept busy
throughout the summer, said
Smither and Associates has been
in business since August 1983. More
students apply each year, as students
employed by the agency in past years
return. Smither said she could not
estimate the number of students who
apply at the agency each summer.
Prospective employers are looking
for students with a willing and
flexible attitude, dependability and
high performance skills, Smither
said. Students make excellent
workers, she added.
"We've had some really good
feedback from clients that used
students," said Smither.
Students are employed by corpo
rations in the Research Triangle Park
area and businesses affiliated with
UNC and Duke University, she said.
Wages vary with levels of worker
experience but the. minimum is $4
an hour, SmtlieV's'atd'Mdst wages
"We are looking for
students with anything
from entry level filing,
envelope stuffing, word
processing or adminis
are within the $4.25 to $4.50 rage,
but high-demand skills such as word
processing pay as much as $6.50 an
hour, Smither said.
Students interested in a certain
aspect of business should inform
agency personnel, who will try to
place them in jobs related to that
interest. A temporary job could be
future job experience as well as a
means of earning money, she said.
Interested students should call the
office and set up an appointment.
Math and typing tests are given, and
the applicant is interviewed by a
consultant,, said Gussow.
Businesses that use the employ
ment agency report they are pleased
with student's job performances for
the most part, and they offer some
students work on holiday breaks, she
Wages rage from $4 to $5 for entry
level skills and $7 to $8 for word
processing skills, said Gussow.
Manpower Temporary Services in
Chapel Hill places students in general
labor jobs as well as secretarial work,
said service representative Susan
General labor jobs are usually
unskilled positions, so the agency
does not require the applicants to
take skills tests. Jobs include loading
and unloading warehouses and tak
ing inventory, said Hoffman.
Construction and storage compan-
Elite Personnel Service is another
employment agency that places ' ies that employ students say they are
dependable, she said
students with clerical skills into
temporary office positions. The
service looks for students with typing,
accounting, word processing and
data entry skills, said Lisa Gussow,
president of the service.
"A lot of people that are working
for extra money make the best
workers," said Hoffman.
These jobs offer at least minimum
wage, said Hoffman.
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