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By Karina Ramírez / Staff Writer

Gregorio Chavez shows up for his job at United Copper Industries promptly at 3 p.m. He brings his dinner in a bag, since he will spend the next eight hours working as a machine operator.

Chavez is a temporary employee at United Copper; he was hired in February through Snelling Staffing Services, a company that partners with employers to find candidates to fill open positions.

Chavez, 59, spent nine years as a welder before he was laid off by his previous employer in 2010. He said finding his new job through Snelling was a blessing.

Originally from Coahuila, Mexico, Chavez moved to the U.S. when he was 24 years old. He worked many blue-collar jobs in the plumbing and electric industry.

While unemployed for those two years, Chavez said he worked wherever he could because he wanted to ensure that he and his wife, Suzy, had what they needed.

A friend told Chavez about Snelling. He said he went to interview on a Friday, and by Monday, he was hired.

“It was gift from the Lord,” Chavez said about his new job. “I found it when I needed it the most.”

Even with disappointing national employment figures, the temporary employment sector is flourishing. Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in June, with temporary help responsible for 25,000 of the additions, according to the latest data provided by the U.S. Labor Department.

Nick Ruales, with Snelling, said his company makes it possible for any employer to find the right candidate.

“We do temp and direct hires. The whole process of finding the person, the legwork,” Ruales said.

Ruales began working with Snelling in August 2011.

“Basically, there is a lot of work that goes into finding the right candidate,” he said. “A company like United Copper can attract too many people, making the hiring process an administrative nightmare.”

Ruales said he has interviewed as many as 50 job hunters per week.

Snelling helps United Copper by screening candidates and recommending the ones that have the work experience required. In addition to United Copper, Snelling Staffing Services also works with about 16 to 20 different clients within a 30-mile radius of the Denton office to find needed employees.

A week after finding employment as a forklift operator, also at United Copper, Patrick Boehler, 29, said the temporary services company makes the job search quicker and faster than career websites or visiting businesses face to face.

“A lot of people say with the economy the way it is, it is hard to find job, but it is not,” Boehler said. “Staffing agencies take care of all the stuff for you, and you spend less time driving around, since they send your resume out to different companies.”

Born and raised in Phoenix, Boehler, 29, is divorced and has one child. He signed up to be part of a staffing agency in 2008 and has not gone back to finding jobs any other way.

Boehler’s new employer will also provide him with benefits by October.

“I will be able to get health benefits for myself, after my 90 days in service,” Boehler said about his employment status.

Once his training is complete, Boehler is looking forward to working 12-hour shifts.

Based in Dallas, Snelling began in 1951 with one office in Philadelphia. Now, the company has more than 5,000 clients and 110 offices and franchises nationwide, according to its website.

On its website, future job seekers can get tips on how to get their next job opportunity. The website includes a candidate resource area where job seekers can get tips to fine tune their resumes and freshen up interview skills.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is .



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