There are many benefits of going to work as a temporary employee. From making money NOW to full-time placement but usually it’s on the list of possibilities at the very bottom because it is deemed so negative by most jobseekers. However, if you have been looking around for any length of time, you may be tiring of unemployment status, exhausting your financial resources and considering going to work for a placement firm like a temp agency or staffing company. Like most of us, you have probably saved this option as a last resort, but it may be that working for a temporary placement agency might be just the thing to get you back to work full-time. Certainly, it might help solve some of your financial needs in the short term. Here are a some things to consider about the decision to go to work for a temp agency.
- As previously pointed out, you can make money. Now. Sometimes, you can garner a little higher pay than if you were a permanent placement.
- Many times a company will employ a temp with a “temp-to-hire” situation. If they like you, they will keep you.
- You can try out many companies, jumping around from company to company and that is part of your temp contract with the placement firm and as such not a negative reflection on your resume. If you want to try new industries or gain new skills, this might be just the way to accomplish that without a lot of risk. Try it before YOU buy it, so to speak. (This also helps resume and Linkedin skills building and explains your gap in unemployment.)
- Building bridges. You make friends at temp places and you get to keep those contacts in the event that you need to reconnect in the future. Networking. It’s a must in today’s job market.
- Remaining relevant. There are temp agencies that are in niche industries too so if you think you can be employed sooner in your previously known industry, definitely consider going that route.
Finally, there are lots of places you can find temp agencies online and some are national chains and could help place you regionally instead if your local economy is really not supporting new job creation. Some online job boards actually post temp-to-hire positions and this could benefit you in the short term too especially if it is a mutual agreement that the culture, pay and the work are a fit for both parties.
So, if you have been avoiding this employment option because it was only a temporary position and you thought it could not serve you, think again. The temp agency or placement firm option may be just the ticket to allow you to pick up a few needed skills or keep some of those you already have keenly honed, allow you to potentially be picked up as a full-time employee, provide connections to others who can help you in the future and at a minimum you can make some money. Give it a try.
What have you got to gain by going the temporary employment route?