SHREWSBURY, NJ -- Looking for work? Have you considered working as a temp, but you’d like more information first?

The Career Information Center at the Eastern Branch Library, 1001 Route 35 in Shrewsbury, will host “Working as a Temp,” a program designed to aid those interested in working in the temporary help services industry. The free program will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 21.

At this Career Information Center program, representatives from local employment services companies will describe how the temporary help industry works. Topics will include what occupations hire temps, contracts available, testing and training required, and temp-to-permanent possibilities.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the temporary help services industry continues to increase. Since September 2009, the temporary help services industry employment has grown by 284,000 jobs nationwide, according to department statistics.

This growth is spurred by businesses in need of workers to manage seasonal and other temporary increases in their workloads, demand for specialized workers, and those businesses seeking to expand without incurring the additional costs associated with permanent employees.

Temporary help services are the largest segment of the employment services industry. This industry also includes employment placement agencies that list employment vacancies and place permanent employees, executive search services (headhunters) and professional employer organizations that manage provide human resources management services.

Working as a temp is often the first step to full-time employment, as many temporary workers accept offers to work full-time for clients for whom they worked as temps, according to U.S. labor statistics.

For more information on the “Working as a Temp” program, or on the Career Information Center at the Eastern Branch Library, please call 1-866-941-8188. The Center is also online at