Headhunter sees increase in temp jobs

May 8, 2009 1:00:51 PM PDT
Manpower in San Francisco told ABC7 they are seeing more job offers, some are temporary but they are still jobs.

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Arnold "CY" Sidun has not had work since being laid off as controller at a Silicon Valley start-up in October. So now he is working full-time trying to stay positive and find a job.

Neither is easy with the pattern he's seeing.

"I had two hits two weeks ago, this is on Friday and I haven't heard anything back," said Sidun.

At Manpower in San Francisco, office manager Tom Baity makes a living providing companies with job candidates. Ironically, Baity, and Sidun were both at the Monster Jobs fair yesterday in San Francisco.

Baity looked was for applications, while Sidun was in line with more than one 1,300 other job seekers.

Baity says there are still far more people looking for work than there are jobs out there, and the unemployment rate in the city is probably pretty close to the national average.

But he sees a couple reasons for optimism. More companies are making plans to hire -- not hiring, but making plans to.

"Typically what you find is that the temporary staffing will come back first. Companies will bring on temporary workers before they start hiring on their own," said Baity.

"Are you seeing more temporary hires," asked ABC7's Terry McSweeney.

"We have been seeing an increase. Yes, we have seen that lately," said Baity.

Sidun draws on his seven months of unemployment to form his opinion of the new unemployment numbers.

"So if you say it's one-fourth or 25 percent of the picture, yes, then that 25 percent is definitely a positive, definitely a sign of moving forward," said Sidun.

Manpower said that the field of education is seeing growth, since a lot people are going back and adding more qualifications to their resume for possible employers.

Sidun is also going back to school. He already has an MBA, but now he is pursuing a degree to become a CPA.

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