Worker is Breaking the Cycle of Temp Jobs
Amber has been a temporary worker for years – more years than she can remember. Before coming to EMBERS Staffing Solutions in the fall of 2015, Amber had worked on-and-off with traditional temporary labour companies and never felt like she was getting anywhere.
Amber grew up in a dysfunctional, violent home and later struggled with abusive relationships and alcohol dependency for much of her adult life.
She worked temporary jobs to keep up her lifestyle. “I couldn’t hold a job. I was arrogant and violent towards everyone around me,” says Amber.
She realized she needed to change her life when her boss questioned her behavior and drinking habits.
Amber took steps to get her drinking under control, but soon entered a verbally and physically abusive relationship that lasted for years. She was stuck in a vicious cycle of trying to leave but never being fully able to.
“On December 31, 2009 I finally realized that I didn’t want to live like that anymore. I didn’t want to be in this abusive, toxic relationship and I really didn’t want to be where I was. I made a promise to myself and on January 1, 2010 I stopped drinking – I haven’t picked up a drink since.”
Once Amber made the decision to leave her relationship and get sober, she never forgot the promise she made herself. But it wasn’t an easy journey.
“I have been through a lot since then,” says Amber. “I have been homeless. I have faced abuse and uncertain times, but not once did I drink. No matter how bad or even how good it gets, I am not picking up that first drink.”
Since getting sober, Amber worked hard to put her life back together – picking up temporary jobs with the hopes of eventually getting a full-time position.
When Amber came to EMBERS, she found a temporary staffing company that cared about her future and was invested in helping her achieve her goals.
“I wasn’t even sure EMBERS was a temp company,” laughs Amber. “For the first time in my life, people at a temp agency treated me with respect. Before coming here, I had worked for almost all the other temp companies and they never treated me like they do at EMBERS.”
In addition to regular work opportunities, the EMBERS team also helped Amber get trained as a Hoist Operator. This new certification has since led her to a full-time job offer.
“Honestly, my success comes from working here. EMBERS helped me get my ticket and now I have this opportunity,” says Amber. “I am so grateful for everything EMBERS has done for me, not just helping me get the tickets, but also treating me with respect and making me feel valued. Without everyone at EMBERS, I never would have gotten this job.”
While Amber is excited about transitioning into her new full time job, it is a bittersweet opportunity because it means she won’t be working with EMBERS anymore.
“I was honestly hoping to stay working with EMBERS a bit longer – but this job was just way too good to pass up!”