Opportunities for Job Seekers


Alternative Staffing Organizations (ASOs) are social purpose businesses that share a common mission to provide access to employment for motivated, job-ready individuals who cannot get jobs on their own. These worker focused ventures have found that temporary staffing offers distinct advantages to people who are new to the workforce or have been unemployed for a long period of time.

  • Temporary job assignments offer ASO job seekers an effective way to build their resume, develop job skills and self-confidence, and experience an occupation or work environment while demonstrating their reliability and value to potential employers.
  • Temporary staffing is a key pathway to regular employment. Over half of all employers use temp staffing agencies to find good permanent workers, and ASOs often waive conversion fees for employers that want to hire their workers directly.
  • ASOs can structure temporary assignments to enable individuals pursuing education and training to improve their longer-term employment prospects to “earn while they learn.”
  • Staffing customers provide feedback about workers’ performance that ASOs use to help individuals develop appropriate workplace skills and behaviors.
  • ASOs support workers to succeed in temp and temp-to-hire staffing opportunities through pre- and post-placement coaching, access to training, and help with transportation, work clothing and tools.

Learn more about ASOs’ impact as employment brokers for disadvantaged job seekers in Finding the Right Fit: How Alternative Staffing Affects Worker Outcomes

“When [individuals in recovery] step out of treatment, it’s critical for them to have employment. Temporary staffing offers flexibility and part-time opportunities that enable them to juggle court dates, counseling, family reconciliation and other obligations and pressures while they’re in transition.”

Marcia Nozick, Embers Staffing Solutions, Vancouver, British Columbia