While working for a temporary work agency may sound like a good
way to find some work, not all students recommend it.
Lance Smith, a senior psychology major, worked for an agency
three years ago for about two months during the summer.
“I only had one job, after that they seemed to be blowing me
off,” Smith said. “It’s not really consistent.”
Ray Swanson, the franchise owner of Snelling Personnel Services,
said it is difficult for agencies to place full-time students
during the school year because of their class schedules unless they
have a full day with no classes.
“We do temporary as well as permanent placement,” Swanson said.
“We can get them full-time work once they graduate or during the
A full-time summer job is possible through Snelling.
“We can sometimes find full-time working positions in the
summer,” Swanson said.
Students looking to get involved with Snelling need to first set
up an appointment. Depending on the work they are interested in,
the interview process could take from 45 minutes to two hours
Swanson said. Adecco, a temporary service in Fort Collins, covers
many job services for clients including clerical and manual
“It’s definitely a job for a student because of a flexible
schedule,” said Nicole Scheele, an account executive at Adecco.
Scheele said the student s that work for Adecco are usually
part-time students. One-fourth of the employees at Adecco are
Appointments take about an hour and Scheele said applicants
should treat it like a regular interview and look presentable.
The application process includes filling out an application on
the computer, an aptitude test and a sit-down interview so the
applicant can be placed accordingly.
The amount of work available varies from day to day.
“One day we might have one opening the next we might have five,”
Another agency in Fort Collins is Labor Ready.
“We open our doors at 5:30 a.m. People sign in. If we have work
we send them out,” said Machelle McDaniel, a customer service
representative at Labor Ready.
McDaniel said that a lot of the work that Labor Ready supplies
involves manual labor for contractors.
Labor Ready workers can expect to work a full day, McDaniel
said, so she recommends it for students that have a free day.
“If they come in on days that they don’t have classes (it would
be useful),” McDaniel said. “We tell them to be prepared to work
eight to 12 hours a day.”