Pamela Parsons has had a long history of success in administrative and leadership roles in various industries.
But she reached a point in her life where she wanted to do something different with her career.
Pamela ultimately decided that she was going to seek new employment and that she was going to work with a staffing firm to see what opportunities were available to her.
An online search of top temp agencies in Tacoma led her to TERRA.
She met with Mandy Garcia, Tacoma Recruiter. Mandy was impressed by Pamela’s professionalism and attitude.
Pamela discussed her desire to find an office job with Mandy. Mandy suggested that she update her resume to reflect her skill set, not solely her employment history. This would help her emphasize her transferrable skills and would allow her to find an office job that was right for her.
Despite their open communication, there was one thing that Pamela did not share with Mandy. “In my heart, I really wanted an HR job.” She didn’t tell Mandy this because, at the end of the day, she was simply determined to find a good office job.
Finding a job that was a match for Pamela took some time.
Then Mandy heard from one of her clients that they needed a Benefits Coordinator for a two-month project.
She immediately thought of Pamela.
“She called me and said, ‘I’ve got the perfect fit for you!’” Pamela stated. “She didn’t even know that I wanted an HR job!”
Her dream job was seemingly meant to be.
She shared, “The first day I walked in and it felt like I was home. They have their core values everywhere. It not only shows me who they are, their values are the same as mine. Everyone does their job – with a smile. They just enjoy being there. I feel encouraged on a daily basis.”
As for the job itself, Pamela was hired on to help support with a big, somewhat daunting project.
But she wasn’t phased. “It was no problem for me. I just dove in. And when no one took the lead, I stepped in. “
According to Mandy, “The client thinks that Pamela’s work ethic should be bottled and sold in stores. She is very passionate and takes ownership about getting the job done. She is always punctual and always puts work first. They just love Pamela.”
The story gets better. Thanks to her strong work ethic, this two-month project turned into more for Pamela. She was hired on by the client!
In August, the client created a new internal position, because of a massive project. Pamela was interested in the job, but was hesitant to apply.
Ultimately, she decided to take a chance and submit her application – right before the Friday deadline.
“By Monday, I had an interview. That turned into a second interview. By the end of the week I was offered the job,” she began. “It felt so wonderful. I can’t put it into words. I’ve never had a job I felt so passionate about before. Hard work pays off.”
Mandy said, “I knew Pamela would be a great professional fit for my client. She has such great energy and a great attitude.”
Regarding her experience with TERRA, Pamela shared, “I am glad that Mandy took her time. She found me the right fit. She is great at what she does and great at following up. There is no comparison between TERRA and other agencies. TERRA displays top of the line professionalism.”
She also had this advice for job seekers who are hesitant to do temp work, or who are struggling to find employment:
“Being a temp employee doesn’t mean that you are not valuable. Whether I am a temp or a full-time employee, I give the same amount of effort: 110%. That is just how I do business.
Be confident in who you are and in your skills and abilities.
Map things out. What can you currently do? What do you need to do to be successful?
Polish up your skills if you have to.
Always give 100%. Don’t slack. You never know who is looking. But, more than anything, do it for yourself. Know that you did your best.”
Great advice, Pamela! You are a great example of how temporary jobs can open the door for new career opportunities!
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