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Time to Take a Temporary Job? You bet!


Take what you think you know about temporary job opportunities and throw it out the window. Long gone are the days of temporary employees earning low wages in jobs with no career advancement.

Today’s post-recession job market has caused a shift in the way companies are hiring. As a result temporary and contract employees have become increasingly valuable.

Now these positions are an integral part of staffing plans, and are often a necessity for growing companies taking on larger projects.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics even reports that the number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to 2.9 million — the highest amount in government records dating back to 1990.

Often times human resources is unable to support increasing temporary staffing needs. As a result, staffing firms play an integral role in assisting companies locate temporary employees. 

Why do companies like temps over full-time positions?

  • Companies enjoy utilizing contingent employees in an effort to better manage the ebbs and flows of their business.
  • Temporary positions are viewed as a working interview. It gives candidates the opportunity to prove themselves and the employer a chance to review the candidate’s work before committing to him/her full-time.

Is a temporary position for you?

Absolutely! Here are some reasons why:

  • It is a paycheck…and if you are like most people, you need the money. 
  • It is far easier to eventually find a full-time position if you are employed during your search. The longer you go without work, the more a potential employer begins to question your motivation.
  • It allows the employee the opportunity to get his/her foot in the door with a desirable company.
  • The employee has the ability to get a feel for the company before making the commitment to a full-time position.
  • You feel better about yourself going to work everyday.
  • Your skills stay sharp.

Final Takeaway

Hopefully this blog helps you take charge of your search by considering the merits of temp employment. Temporary positions allow individuals to gain experience, knowledge, and test a company’s culture before committing to a position full-time. 

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