Students find temp jobs

After one week of 5 a.m. wake-ups this summer in order to make her 6 a.m. waitressing shift at a Boston restaurant, GW junior Juliana Phillips said she had enough.

That’s when her summer plans changed.

The 21-year-old picked up a phone book and called a Boston temporary employment firm.

Within two days she had a job as a telemarketer for an educational travel company earning hourly wages.

All day, every day for eight hours I’d call people who’d gone on a tour with the company and I’d ask if they wanted to host a foreign exchange student, Phillips said.

Phillips said the work was not exciting, but the flexible hours she got through the temp agency allowed her to do what she really wanted – to have nights and weekends off while earning summer cash.

Temping has become a more viable option for college students searching for flexible hours, quick cash and no-experience-necessary employment.

Although GW students who have worked for temp firms said they have different opinions about their experiences, many said it is a way to ease monotony and experience new work environments.

I decided to temp because I didn’t want one single job over the summer – I wanted to test my horizons to see what’s out there, said junior Noreen Dacpano, who did clerical work for a company in Nashville earning $9.50 an hour.

Within the District temp opportunities are abundant.

Major agencies like Temps & Co. are located throughout the city and are easily accessible for students. The GW Career Center also keeps a running catalog of job opportunities for students who are looking for quick-reference temp job opportunities.

The Career Center receives requests from thousands of employers interested in hiring students for part-time employment, temporary work, work-study jobs and positions available after graduation, Career Center officials said.

Jobs vary by type, salary and skill requirements.

There are many temp jobs available that many students are interested in, so be sure to look fast, said Bahareh Bahrambeigi, career information coordinator for the Career Center.

All part-time positions are listed for 14 days in the binders in the Career Center, but people looking for jobs can also consult Career Center staff members.

Permanent part-time jobs on campus are listed through the University’s Human Resource Office and the Career Center. Employers looking for GW students advertise their jobs in the Career Center.

The Career Center also e-mails temp job openings through its QuickBucks program. Students can sign up to receive notification about available temporary positions that last from one hour to 30 days.

The Career Center binders offer an assortment of available temporary jobs.

For instance, Compliance, Inc., is looking for legal assistants for $12 to $15 an hour for 50 to 60 hours. The employees gain exposure to top D.C. firms and corporations, work as part of the production team, deal with litigation matters and receiving and categorizing documents for production, according to the listing.

TRAK Staffing is also looking for executive assistants, administrative assistants and receptionists, and Accu Staff Incorporated, a company that hires students for part- and full-time jobs is looking for clerical work, receptionists, general office support and administrative assistants for Fortune 500 companies, according to the Career Center binders.
-Ashley M. Heher contributed to this report.

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