Free agent nation: Why temp work makes sense

  • career advice
  • January 11, 2017
Ever since the 2008 recession, organizations and the labor force have been finding more efficient and creative ways to meet their needs. Short-term positions that address a company’s and an individual’s immediate (and sometimes long-term) needs have cropped up as an attractive solution.
 
These short-term assignments have filled in employment gaps and been a chance for employees to sharpen skills. They have also given potential employees a chance to get a foot in the door at desirable companies and to get a feel for an organization, before coming onboard full time.    
 
It’s a trend that has benefited thousands of companies and prospective employees. Here are four reasons why this is good news for you:
 

Get your foot in the door 

A temporary position is a great way to get into a company you’ve been interested in and to get face time with valuable contacts. Let your recruiter and your manager know if you are interested in a full-time position and you may be able to transition from “temp to perm.”
 

Fill in gaps

Instead of explaining a gap on your resume, fill it with a temporary position. Employers see the decision as a sign of a good work ethic and attitude.
 

Sharpen your skills

Find temporary opportunities that will add experience to your resume. Sharpen existing skills and look for chances to train on new equipment, software or systems in your desired industry. It’s also a great way to build your network and find new mentors.
 

Get the flexibility you need

Find a position that allows you to get your kids on the bus in the morning and be home when they return in the afternoon. Work in the mornings, second shift or for a short period of time over the summer or between classes. And you can always look for an opportunity that has a good chance of becoming permanent.
 
Take a little time to think about what you’re looking for and what meets your needs now and over time. Chances are there is an employer looking for someone like you.
 
If you or your friends are looking for a new job opportunity, Randstad is here to help! Visit our website and search for open positions in your area.