10 Advantages of Temporary Employment

With all of the insecurity over the past year, unemployment being at the top of the list for most people, it’s no surprise that many are reluctant to take temporary jobs since they don’t provide the sense of security and stability that so many people are craving post pandemic.

Also, the majority of people have a perception that temporary work only includes answering phones or warehouse work, not realizing that the temp industry staffs for nearly every profession out there, many of them requiring employees with specific skillsets and training.

Therefore, if you are willing to consider a temporary job, it can have many short-term as well as long-term benefits. Here is a list of some of them.

1. Build Your Résumé

Often times when companies are looking at your résumé, they are looking for a variety of experience. Taking a series of temporary jobs will show that you have an array of skills and have worked in multiple environments. This will make you look both qualified and adaptable which will increase the likelihood of you getting hired.

2. Experiment with Different Jobs and Industries  

Especially for people who have just graduated high school and aren’t sure what they would like to do yet, or people who are looking to pivot in their career and explore other industries- temporary jobs can be advantageous. This allows you to dabble in different things without the long-term commitment or concern of disappointing an employer; in the case that you decide a position is not a good fit. Temporary positions allow you to test out different environments and determine what type of schedule, work culture, management style, etc. that you’re looking for.

3. Faster Hiring Process

Typically when employers are looking for temporary help, it’s because they have an urgent need to fill a position. This often means that they don’t have time to go through handfuls of candidates and are therefore willing to be flexible with their requirements and reach out to schedule an interview right away. Also, when looking for temporary employees, most companies hire the help of a {staffing agency}, who will help you process paperwork, get you on the payroll, and send you to the jobsite in a timely manner.

4. Flexibility

Did you know that flexibility is the number one factor job seekers currently look for in a job? In the busy world we are all navigating, I’m sure you are no exception. Working a temporary position offers more flexibility because they are almost always hourly, which allows you to do your job and go home without having to think about work until your next shift. Also, with the urgent need to fill the position, many companies will be willing to accommodate scheduling requests if it means filling the role.

5. Fill Résumé Gaps

Having big gaps between employment can in some cases make you as a candidate look flighty and unmotivated. Taking temporary positions will give you something to list on your résumé while you continue to build your skillset and experience.

6. Higher Pay

While this may not be the case in every situation, because companies are looking to quickly hire, they will offer competitive wages with hopes of getting candidates through the door. Also, since they know the position is temporary, they understand the importance of ensuring that the job is worthwhile to the candidate.

7. Build Your Network

When you take temporary gigs, you will meet people at job sites that you otherwise would not have met. This can expand both your professional and personal networks. Maybe you will find someone who can offer you a full-time or longer term position. If you do your job well, you will definitely meet someone who is willing to give you a good reference. If nothing else, working closely with a variety of people while temping gives you the opportunity to make friends.

8. Keep Your Skills and Knowledge Current

In a market and workforce with many moving parts, things continue to change at a rapid rate. Continuing to work allows you to learn these things as they come up, which will leave you better equipped for the next long-term position that you take.

9. Increase Your Qualifications

Taking a temporary job, especially a position or in an industry that you have never worked in before will give you more experience to add to your résumé. It can also give you knowledge and perspective you didn’t have before by introducing you to sides of a business that you haven’t yet had a chance to explore.

10. Can Lead to Permanence

Taking a temporary position is a definite way to get your foot in the door in an industry that you want to be in. Often times it’s a combination of performing well and being in the right place at the right time to be offered full-time employment at the job site you are working at. There are many success stories of candidates, who started off temping and within just a few months’ time, were promoted to a long-term position.

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