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Here are answers to commonly asked questions about working for PACE in a temporary role:
To do well in most temporary assignments, you need to be proficient in the skills typically used in the type of temporary roles you are seeking. Employers want their temporary workers to come into their assignment fully prepared to perform.
Because formalized training is typically not available, employers expect their temporary employees to be prepared to learn on their own. Initiative and resourcefulness – getting good at figuring things out without a lot of help from others – is one of the key requirements for success.
Other qualities important to becoming a successful “short term employee” include an ability to go with the flow, to adjust to change and to keep going even when there may be a lot of unknowns. A positive, helpful personality also goes a long way. Our best temporary employees are people who actively look to make a difference in the short time they are on assignment.
Last but not least, one of the most important qualities employers look for in their temporary workers is RELIABILITY – a solid track record of coming to work every day – on time, ready to work. We often experience an employer setting higher standards of attendance for their temporary workers, than is set for their core employees. There is often less time to get a project done.
In most cases yes. First of all, there are far more temporary jobs than there are traditional jobs, but also the selection processes and hiring standards employers use for bringing on a temporary employee are often not nearly as strenuous as the hiring process for more permanent roles.
A temporary job is just that – temporary. Legally it can start and end without notice.
Contract assignments, on the other hand, typically involve a contract between the employer and the employee (or their representative) stating the terms and conditions that get applied to the employee and employer – i.e. the length of the assignment, work content, results expected, etc.
The two terms are often used interchangeably, but from a legal perspective reflect two different types of employment.
For most of PACE’s temporary assignments, our employer clients do not ask you to sign a contract.
Temporary assignments start and stop “at will”. Your assignment can end without cause and with minimal notice.
That said, most of the employers we represent take seriously their commitment to their temporary workers, and only in highly unusual circumstances are assignments cancelled before the assignment is completed.
The anticipated “length of an assignment” will be shared with you at the time you are presented with the assignment opportunity. Assignments can last anywhere from a few days to several years.
No. One of the most important benefits of becoming a temporary employee is that you get to choose when and for whom you work. In fact, when we offer you an assignment we don’t want you to accept the assignment unless you are fully committed to completing it.
PACE realizes that things can come up in someone’s personal life that requires them to adjust their work commitments. We also know that an employer can change a condition of an assignment in a way that significantly changes how it was described to you, and can be a legitimate reason for ending an assignment without impacting your relationship with PACE.
Ending an assignment for casual reasons, on the other hand, can become grounds for termination, and PACE will not assign you elsewhere.
All employees who work for PACE on temporary or contract assignments are paid weekly, every Friday.