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Back in 1966, the Institute of Temporary Services was created to help maintain and manage the quality of temporary help solutions. These services were designed to help businesses promote flexible employment opportunities for people. Eventually, the American Staffing Association was developed to ensure that federal and state legislation did not hamper the staffing industry.

While still maintaining the same core values, the American Staffing Association has experienced several name changes over the years. The Institute of Temporary Services became the National Association of Temporary Services in 1970. Then in 1994, the association continued to expand and became the National Association of Temporary and Staffing Services. Again in 1999, the association was renamed to better "reflect the full range of staffing and human resource services" and ultimately became the American Staffing Association.

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The Good

  • Time in business
  • Range of industries
  • Skill level options

The American Staffing Association has been around for quite some time now. As a result, they have been able to develop relationships with a wide variety of companies and have knowledge in dealing with a number of industries.

One benefit job seekers should know about is the range in industry-types the American Staffing Association operates in. The ASA offers employment in each of the following spaces:

  • Office/Clerical and Administrative: This includes secretaries, general office clerks, receptionists, administrative assistants, word processing and data entry operators, cashiers, etc.
  • Industrial: This includes manual laborers, food handlers, cleaners, assemblers, drivers, tradesmen, machine operators, maintenance workers, etc.
  • Engineering, IT, and Scientific: This includes engineers, scientists, laboratory technicians, architects, draftsmen, technical writers and illustrators, and computer programmers and designers, etc.
  • Health Care: This includes physicians, dentists, nurses, hygienists, medical technicians, therapists, home health aides, custodial care workers, etc.
  • Professional/Managerial: This includes accountants, bookkeepers, attorneys, paralegals, middle and senior managers, advertising and marketing executives, etc.

Since the American Staffing Association works with a number of companies varying in size and specialty, they also offer jobs ranging in skill level and experience.

The Bad

  • Business model
  • Complaints

While the American Staffing Association has grown over the years to offer a more complete human resource service, there are aspects of their business model that have caused pause for concern for a number of their candidates.

A staffing agency can make a number of claims about the services they provide, but in reality, it is the candidates that can provide a more complete picture of how an agency operates. Common complaints from job seekers include:

  • Low salary - when a candidate first lands a job, pay seems to be a concern
  • Difficulty in moving department - even after proving their ability, candidates had a hard time transferring within a company
  • Intense interview process - interviewing and hiring took a long time

The Bottom Line

The ASA is vast association that helps place candidates in a variety of positions. That being said, they are not necessarily "up-to-date" with the staffing industry and there are other options for job seekers to look into when applying for positions online.

The American Staffing Association has created a simple process for job seekers to follow in order to land a job. While the process is simple, job seekers need to be aware that they can't complete the staffing procedure from behind a computer screen. The process is broken down as follows:

  1. Register with ASA members
  2. Fill out an application
  3. Take qualifying tests
  4. Schedule and attend an interview
  5. Get training when necessary


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Director of Operations
July 30th, 2019 Annapolis, MD

On behalf of my HR Consulting company, I submitted a membership application today. I requested an Associate Membership so I may continue to educate myself and utilize their tools and courses in the matters of staffing compliance for one Staffing client. We are not in the business of staffing. I spoke with a representative and advised her of what we do. We have three consultancy models, HR on Demand, ASO and PEO. As soon as the rep heard the PEO, she told be the membership fees were $100.00 for every million and wanted my gross payroll. I asked, what services do you provide for this amount of money. She replied "nothing". I am still in shock. Did not read or gather that they have a PEO model Membership.