Start your own temp firm with other people and market each other – not yourself – on your lunch hour. I did this myself years ago when I worked for Consumers Distributing [Service Merchandiser’s competitor in Canada]. There were 20 or so of us who all wanted better jobs who joined together in a support group. I would close my door at lunch and make calls to try and find job openings for my colleagues. My line was very simplistic,
“Hi my name is David Perry and I have a friend with _____ and he’s looking for a new job. Are you hiring any _____? May I have him call you for an interview?”
That was it. If they said yes, I took down the details and passed it on. If memory serves me correctly I was successful about 1 in every 10 calls, back in 1983-1985. I placed 21 of my colleagues before I realized perhaps I should be doing this for a living… but that’s another story.
Target your call to companies that fit with your friends’ skills.
Ideally your friends should make the call list and give you the highlights of their background that fit.
Be prepared to give a thumbnail sketch of their background and qualifications.
Be ready for people to ask you if you’re from an agency.
Make sure you tell people there is no fee for the referral.
Keep records of whom you’ve called and when.
If you get a negative response then ask them what [in terms of hiring] they are looking for.
Ask if they’re looking for anyone with your background.
Develop a thick skin.
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