Companies in the United States hire more than 14 million temporary and contract employees every year. The temporary employment industry grew by 57 percent between 2009 and 2014. And in today’s workforce environment, employers continue to look for ways to quickly adapt to market dynamics. Often, temporary workers are their answer.
A temporary position can be a smart, strategic step as you pursue your long-term career goals. In a recent survey to determine the top reasons for taking a temporary job, the results showed that temporary workers:
- Subsequently did better in the labor market.
- Had a better chance of working for higher-wage firms.
- Developed relevant professional skills.
The Benefits of Temporary Work
Consider these benefits of taking on a temporary job as you mull over your summer career plans:
- You can increase your chances of landing a permanent position. Companies often bring in temporary employees to test their qualifications and fit, as they filter candidates for permanent hire. Thirty-five percent of contract workers in a recent American Staffing Association survey were offered permanent jobs by clients where they had worked on an assignment.
- Your network will expand. In your temporary assignment, you will meet new people and grow your professional network, both personally and online. Even if the employer you’re working for doesn’t have a permanent opening when your assignment ends, you can still use the professional inroads you’ve made for contacts, resources, advice and references.
- You have control over your schedule. Many temporary jobs are part time, so you can easily continue to concentrate on your job search – as well as your family, education and other priorities. Even with full-time temporary jobs, you’re in control of your schedule. You don’t have to take an assignment if it interferes with vacations, holidays or other commitments.
- You will expand your skills and experience. Working as a temporary employee enables you to develop new skills and open doors to new industries. Employers aren’t the only ones who benefit by “trying before they buy” with temporary employees. You too can test the waters on a new job or career direction before jumping in with both feet.
- You’ll feel better. There are significant psychological perks to temporary employment, especially if you’ve been unemployed for a while. Getting back into the workforce breaks any cycle of restlessness or hopelessness you may be feeling.
Partnering with a staffing agency that understands and specializes in your area of interest will help ensure your temporary employment stint is relevant to your past experience, education and long-term career goals and vision. Contact the PrideStaff Modesto team today to learn more.