Temporary work can be beneficial for all job seekers. Temporary hiring is usually indicative of future hiring trends. Companies need work done, but do not have the resources to hire permanent staff. If economic conditions improve, temporary hiring generally transitions to permanent hires as companies can take on more long term employees.
There are advantages to doing temporary work. For people unemployed it offers the opportunity to earn a paycheck. It offers flexibility to people who may not be able to accept a long term position. Temporary employment may lead to permanent employment for a company that starts to hire. It helps maintain work skills and provides experience for future employment. The application process can be easier and faster than permanent employment. To make the most of temporary employment there are several do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
- Research different agencies. Temporary work is best obtained through staffing agencies that specialize with these kinds of assignments. Some are local and others are national chains. There are some that specialize in areas like office work, IT, medical and manufacturing. Recognizing the factors and how it relates to your strengths and abilities can help make the most of assignments.
- Prepare for temp interviews just like any other job. Even if it is temporary work, it is still employment and should be treated like it. When signing up with an agency, treat this and prepare for it just as you would for an interview.
- Try to be flexible with what is offered. Some assignments may seem unfulfilling or less than what qualifications require. Accept any opportunity to experience different work areas and companies that may hire in the future.
- Stay in contact with temporary agencies for future assignments. Some places may offer trainings such as computer skills that can be taken advantage of for free. Never assume the agency will remember you months after you apply – you must be proactive and keep in touch often.
Try not to register with every temporary agency in your area. You may be offered assignments that you cannot accept due to other commitments. This may make you look unreliable for future assignments.
- Do not expect temporary agencies to contact you for assignments. They may have multiple people registered that they can offer jobs to. Take the initiative and contact agencies on your availability to keep doors open, at least twice a month.
- If you are offered a contact on a work assignment, do not minimize it. Read the job requirements through carefully to understand what is expected of you before accepting an assignment. This will help avoid future misunderstandings down the road.
- Do not lie about your background and qualifications. Some applicants may take liberties describing their experience since there is no long term commitment with temporary jobs. However, if opportunities arise for permanent hiring, this could be a problem if background checks are conducted.
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