Temporary employment can be a great opportunity and a smart career move that gives you, the job seeker, a competitive edge in today’s market. According to the American Staffing Association many companies and industries utilize temporary staff on a regular basis:
Around three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week.
America’s staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees a year.
Staffing employees work in virtually all occupations in all sectors:
- 36% Industrial
- 24% Office–Clerical and Administrative
- 21% Professional–Managerial
- 11% Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific
- 8% Health Care
The advantages of temporary work are varied but may be just what you need in today’s competitive work environment.
Advantages of Temporary Employment
1. Get Back to Work Quickly
Staffing agencies know who is hiring and what positions companies need to fill. They typically have immediate openings and expedite the hiring process. There are situations when you could start work the next day if the application and testing process goes smoothly.
2. Gain Exposure
Whether you are interested in exposure to a specific industry or a company, temporary work can provide you opportunity to explore. For example, if you’re a project management admin, you could work in a manufacturing company, a healthcare organization, and a nonprofit before you find the field that you like best. If you’ve always dreamed of working at a specific company, accepting a temporary position will enable you to find out what it’s like to work there. In addition, it can also let you get a foot in the door for when a permanent position opens up.
3. Utilize a Wider Network
Once you find the right staffing company for your needs, you will be working with an organization that has more contacts and local insights than you could ever develop on your own. In addition, the company has the inside track on which companies are hiring and what positions need to be filled. Many times jobs at these organizations never get posted on job sites because they are filled quickly by the staffing company.
4. Transition to Permanent Employment
As a temporary a worker, this is your opportunity to shine and let the employer see what type of employee you are. It is not guaranteed, but don’t be surprised if what started out as a month’s assignment turns into a permanent job offer. When that time comes, you’ll know if the company and position are the right fit for you.
5. Enjoy Flexibility
Most temporary assignments are full time and can last anywhere from a day to a couple of weeks to a couple of years. When your assignment is over, you can take some time off or start back up at a different company.
6. Gain Skills and Experience
Temporary work is a great opportunity to gain work experience. Some companies do not hire permanent employees in order to keep their overhead low—but that doesn’t mean that the temporary workers aren’t skilled. On the contrary, temporary workers are increasingly important assets in a company’s workforce. It’s also possible to find temporary employment in your career field that can help you gain relevant work experience.
7. Learn About Yourself
You can also use the time and various assignments to learn more about yourself. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy sitting at a desk? Do you like working with the public? Now is the time to discover what you’re good at and what you really want out of a job.
8. Improve Your Resume
Employers do not want to see long periods of blank spaces on a candidate’s resume. Temporary positions—even those not directly related to your chosen career—can fill in the gaps and show that you’re motivated and willing to work.
How to Get Started
If you are interested in exploring temporary employment, it is easy to get started. Stop at the workplace office Monday-Friday from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm to start the application process. Come prepared. You will need a valid ID and your work history including dates, positions and company names.