While a full-time, permanent position is the ideal for most professionals in the workforce, temporary positions can be a great option for many people who find themselves looking for additional income and/or experience while pursuing that permanent job. Below, we have listed several situations where temporary work could be beneficial to your search for a permanent position. Although, our list is definitely not comprehensive; temporary work can be a great option for just about anyone.
Recent Graduates: Temping is a great option for recent graduates who do not have a permanent position lined up upon graduation.
- Temp work can help give college graduates more real world, professional experience to add to their resume, especially if they did not complete any internships or work study programs while in school.
- Also, temping can help fill in the employment gap on your resume between graduation and starting your first permanent position. Potential employers will be impressed to see that you have been working and gaining experience while pursuing more full-time work.
- Temp work can help get your foot in the door with a company that you would not otherwise have access to. If the company you are temping for is pleased with your work, they could consider you for any full-time openings they have.
Professionals In Between Employment: Temping is also a great option for more experienced professionals who find themselves in between permanent positions.
- As for recent graduates, temp work can help fill in employment gaps on your resume. Even if the temp work you are doing isn’t exactly relevant to your career goals, at least you can show a potential employer that you have not been sitting idle while searching for a new position.
- Temporary work is also a great source of income for those in between jobs. While you probably won’t make as much as you were in your last permanent position, a little money is better than no money.
- Temp jobs can also help expose you to new industries or environments that you might not have had the opportunity to explore otherwise. You might find a new interest or change your career goals after having a great experience temping within a different industry.
Not Quite Yet Retirees: Temp work is an excellent option for professionals who have decided to end their full-time careers, but aren’t quite ready to stop working altogether.
- A lot of experienced professionals who have decided to retire from their full-time jobs are still looking for part time work to bring in a little additional income or help fill their suddenly empty schedules.
- Temp work is a great option for these not quite retired professionals, because they can do short term or daily assignments, without making a long-term commitment.
- Professionals with a full career under their wings have years of experience to offer staffing agencies. They are typically viewed as reliable, hardworking temps with valuable years of experience.
Re-Entry Professionals: Professionals who are reentering the workforce after taking some significant time off from their careers should definitely consider temp work as a way to get reacquainted with the office environment.
- Coming back into the job market after a long break in your career can make it hard for you to start right back where you left off. Temp work can help you get your foot in the door with a major organization, and prove to them that you are ready to restart your career.
- Temp work can also help you readjust to the nine-to-five work schedule and help you redevelop your daily routine.
- Picking up some temporary assignments can allow re-entry professionals ease back into the workforce instead of charging in at full speed.
The aforementioned groups of professionals all make valuable candidates for temporary work and should consider picking up temp assignments if they are in the job market. Although just about anyone who finds themselves out of work should definitely consider temping. The only reason we would deter a candidate from considering temporary work is if they already have a steady, permanent job with a stable salary.