frequently asked questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of working through a staffing agency?

  • You’re not alone. Looking for work is a full-time job in itself. Instead of spending hours job hunting alone, when you work with a staffing agency the opportunities come to you! Doherty has a large network of clients hiring for a variety of positions and our recruiters work hard to match you with a job that fits your skill set, earning needs, and schedule.
  • We’re the Employment Experts. Doherty has been in business for over 40 years and our staffing personnel are experts at hiring for a variety of industries and positions. We know the job market and we have the connections. Placing great people into great jobs is our mission, and it’s been a life-changing one for our candidates.
  • Bridge to permanent employment. Working with a staffing agency can be a bridge to permanent employment, and the potential for securing a permanent position is a major reason people seek temporary work.
  • Flexibility. Temporary employment allows you to work when and where you choose. You can work full-time or part-time, take a summer off, work just three or four days a week, and benefit from a variety of other options. You can even fit your work hours around another job or a class schedule. Working for a staffing firm also allows you to experience a variety of industries, companies, and careers you might never have thought of trying—without a long-term commitment.


What type of work does Doherty Staffing Solutions offer?
We provide a variety of employment arrangements, including temporary/contract work, temp-to-hire opportunities, and even direct hire positions.

  • Light Industrial: These are typically temporary and temp-to-hire positions. Most are entry-level positions (e.g., packaging, assembly) and can either be long-term or day-to-day assignments. Skilled production jobs (e.g., machine operator, material handler) are usually temp-to-hire positions with a regular, full-time schedule.
  • Office or Administrative: These employment options can range from temporary or temp-to-hire, to contract, and direct hire positions. Office or administrative jobs may include: clerical assistant, customer service representative, call center representative, accounting/finance assistant, data entry specialist, office manager, general office support, and more.
  • Specialized Careers: Our employment experts place candidates with highly specialized skill sets into direct hire or contract positions within the industries of engineering, management, information technology, information services, finance/accounting, and other highly-skilled jobs.


Is there a fee?
No; Doherty’s job placement services are 100% free to applicants and employees.

How do I apply?
For your convenience there are several ways to apply:

  • Visit our job board to browse and apply for jobs.
  • Fill out the online application form to submit yourself as a candidate and we will contact you with relevant jobs!
  • Stop in or call your local Doherty office. See a list of our offices on our Contact Us page.
  • Check out our Job Seeker Resources page for tips and guidance before applying.
  • Learn about the Staffing industry & its key terms in The Doherty Dictionary.
  • Follow Doherty on a variety of social media sites to get job updates.

Do I need to bring anything when I come in to apply?

  • Yes; please bring in proof of identity and work eligibility. They are required in order to complete hiring paperwork.
  • Additionally, certain positions may require a resume and/or personal references.

How old do you have to be to apply for work?

You must be at least 16 years old to apply in Minnesota (laws in other states vary). In Minnesota, we have limited job opportunities available for employees under age 18 due to safety regulations and legal requirements at client companies.

What can I expect after I apply?

Once you’ve successfully applied and your profile matches a job opening, a Doherty representative may reach out to you via email or phone. At that point, you may be screened and interviewed to better determine your skills and work experience, earning needs, and schedule availability, as well as discuss available employment opportunities in your area.

Where are you located?

Doherty has offices and on-site locations throughout the Upper Midwest region, including the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Find an office location near you.

Can I refer my friends and family members to Doherty for work opportunities?
Absolutely! Learn more about our referral program and complete a referral form. 

Why should I consider temporary work?

  • Temporary or contract work can provide a bridge to regular, full-time employment. You can use it as an opportunity to try out a prospective employer/workplace and demonstrate your skills for the job.
  • For individuals who are looking to supplement their income or have a variety of working schedules in their life, temporary or contract work is a great solution.
  • Temporary work can provide a flexible work schedule that helps you better manage a healthy work-life balance.

What kind of flexibility does a staffing job offer me?

Staffing employees can often choose when, where, and how they want to work—all contributing to valuable work-life balance. According to American Staffing Association data from 2019, nine out of 10 employees said contract work made them more employable and one in five site scheduling flexibility as a key reason for choosing temporary and contract work.

Paychecks and Benefits

How and when will I be paid?
Payroll at Doherty is processed weekly and there are many benefits to using our Rapid! pay card. Find more information about Doherty’s Rapid! pay card.

How do I enroll in health benefits?
Doherty is proud to offer our employees a variety of health benefit plans and options through our benefits administrator partner, Benefits in a Card. As an employee, you can enroll in individual or family health benefit plans by completing an enrollment application online at For questions or to enroll, please reach out to our benefits administrator partner (Benefits in a Card) directly at 1-800-497-4856. Customer Service Call Center hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Bilingual representatives are available for Spanish speakers.

More Questions

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us via phone, email, text or in person… we look forward to connecting you with a Doherty Employment Expert!