Thanks to TERRA, I Found My Dream Job While Gaining Work Experience

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on November 5, 2015

Kayla (R) with her supervisor, Michelle (L), who was also a TERRA candidate and placed at this company in 2008!
Kayla (R) with her supervisor, Michelle (L), who was also a TERRA candidate and placed at this company in 2008!

To get a job you need work experience, but how do you get that work experience when you can’t get a job?!

This is a common problem for many first-time job seekers.

Job seekers like recent college grad, Kayla Shae, for example. “I was trying to find my first real job in administrative work. I had useful skills, but not much direct experience, so I was concerned,” she told us.

Worrying is natural. But there’s a solution that most first-time job seekers don’t always consider – working with a staffing firm. Staffing agencies are a great resource and recruiters are well-connected and help match people to jobs every day.

Kayla’s friend recommended that she reach out to TERRA Staffing Group for help with her job search.

Despite her concerns about not knowing what to expect from a staffing firm, Kayla called TERRA and scheduled a meeting with Everett recruiter, Patty Stoddard.

Eager to gain some experience and ready to show what she could do, Kayla started doing temporary assignments. She never turned down a job and always did excellent work.  Patty said, “She took applications for a car dealership – they loved her. She did temporary reception work for a law office – they loved her. She did a data entry project for a clinic – they loved her. “

Little did Kayla know, but by taking on these jobs, she was setting herself up for success.

First, she was building her skill set and expanding her work experience. Second, she was establishing a reputation for being an outstanding, reliable employee. And last, she was developing an excellent working-relationship with her recruiter.

Patty knew that she could count on Kayla and had the opportunity to see the type of work Kayla was capable of doing. She also got to the chance to learn Kayla’s strengths and the types of environments in which she thrives.

So when one of Patty’s clients reached out to her regarding a contract-to-hire opportunity doing administrative work, guess who came to mind? “I mentioned that I had an outstanding employee available, who I was confident would do great work.”

Sure enough, Patty was right. The client not only loved Kayla and hired her on – they promoted her!

The moral of the story: If you’re a job seeker, first-time or otherwise, consider a staffing firm. And don’t shy away from temporary opportunities. Not only will you be working, gaining experience and earning money, you’ll be creating strong relationships with well-connected recruiters, who want you to succeed.

Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to Kayla:

“Patty always had my best interests in mind. She knew my strengths, chose jobs that would fit me and expressed faith in my abilities – even when I didn’t have faith in myself! That definitely helped me succeed. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am without her.

I was worried when I signed up with TERRA… worried about finding work, even with assistance from recruiters…worried about bouncing from one job to another. But my time with TERRA was nothing but positive. I never spent time without work, the jobs were worthwhile, and a lot of the anxiety from job hunting was removed.

Job seekers, schedule an interview with TERRA. Though I was scared and skeptical at first, it was the best decision I could have made. You won’t regret it.

TERRA, please keep up the good work! I am so grateful for all of the assistance and especially your attitude toward your employees.”

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