Almost everyone has considered doing temp work from time to time, but is it really worth it? What can it provide you in terms of flexibility or other benefits? In fact, more people are opting for contingent work, and many companies are using temporary staff to fill critical roles in their organizations. If you’re thinking about temping, here are some benefits to keep in mind.
Keeps You Active in the Workforce
Anyone who tries to get back into the workforce after some time away can understand the reason staying active is important. Companies will look at gaps in employment when considering new candidates. They are more likely to hire someone who has maintained regular work than someone with major gaps, especially when those gaps are unexplainable. It will also give you resume builders, especially if you’re able to take on new tasks through your temp work.
May Provide Long-Term Opportunities
There is another benefit to working temporary assignments. That is the possibility of seeing short-term work turn into long-term opportunities. In some places, projects extend and you’ll be needed to stay on for consistency’s sake. In other cases, the work you do is so exceptional, the short-term employer makes a move to bring you on long-term or even permanently. Even if a position is described as short term, always work like it’s a long-term position. You want to demonstrate you’re invaluable.
Provides You With Additional References
It’s also helpful for you to have up-to-date references in your job search. Companies will contact the references you provide to ensure you’re a good candidate for their organization. If your references are too old, they may not be able to provide up-to-date information about your skills. Managers from short-term assignments may be happy to be your reference. But more importantly, your recruiter will be willing to discuss your ability to perform for short- and long-term assignments.
Allows You to Have a Flexible Schedule
For many people, temporary work has one major benefit a long-term or full-time job can’t provide. It gives you the option for a flexible schedule. You can work with a recruiter just to take short-term jobs that work around your other commitments or interests. When you’re ready for a longer-term commitment, your recruiter can help you find the right opportunity. The more flexible you are, the more flexible your temporary employer will be.
Do you believe working short-term temporary assignments can help your career?
Contact the recruiters at FJC Personnel to see how we can help you today.