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Temporary Employment Service

The Carnegie Mellon University Temporary Employment Service (TES) provides temporary office support staff to the university. TES employees help departments to fill temporary vacancies, complete special projects or catch up on work assignments. Individuals with diverse educational backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome to apply.

To view the position description for TES and apply, visit Careers@CarnegieMellon and view job number 100277.
Once you have applied to TES, you need not apply again. Your credentials will be kept on file and reviewed when temporary positions become available.

Hiring and Placement Process

  • A member of the TES team will review your resume and contact you if there is an interest in your credentials. An interview may be arranged to further discuss your experience and availability.
    • TES tests candidates on MS Word and MS Excel at the time of the interview.
    • You will also be asked to provide employment references when meeting with a member of TES.
  • Once an opportunity is identified, the successful candidate will return to TES for an orientation that includes completion of payroll-related paperwork.
  • The candidate will report to the department to begin work and will be eligible to obtain an ID card.

Frequently Asked Questions

With what computer hardware and software should TES employees be familiar?
Windows and Mac are the most-used systems on campus. Frequently requested software packages include the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access). Oracle, Pagemaker/InDesign, Dreamweaver and/or Filemaker Pro may be desired skills for some assignments, as well.

How long are assignments?
Assignments vary in length from 1–2 days up to 2–3 months, and occasionally longer.

How soon will I be placed?
Your skills and the skills requested by the department determine how quickly we can place you on an assignment. In some cases you may be offered an assignment soon after completing the interview process.

Are TES employees likely to be hired permanently into their temporary position at the university?
It is possible for the employee to be considered for the position on a regular staff basis, if a vacancy exists. At times, departments may indicate an assignment is "temp-to-perm," although that does not guarantee that an offer of regular staff employment will be made. Generally, most temporary assignments are for a short duration only.

Can I search for a full-time, permanent job at Carnegie Mellon while I am in a temporary position?
Employees of TES are encouraged to continue their job search while working with TES. Working in TES will not prevent the candidate from being considered for other positions at the university. In fact, TES employees often transfer to regular full-time positions at the university. The experience gained on the assignment helps to build their resumes, familiarizes them with university policies and systems, creates networking opportunities, and showcases their skills and abilities.

Are TES employees eligible for benefits?
TES employees are eligible for university benefits (except time off with pay) based on their hours of work and length of employment, in the same manner as other full- and part-time employees of the university. All employees are required to work the minimum number of hours to maintain their particular benefits eligibility status. Changes to work hours or gaps in employment may result in an interruption of benefits or a change to the benefit eligibility status.

TES employees, regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time, will not be eligible for time off with pay, which includes paid time off (PTO), paid holidays or floating holidays, paid bereavement leave and paid jury duty leave.