You’ve got a great degree, your résumé is spotless, and your work experience is sound. But somehow, you can seem to find the right job. What do you do: accept temporary employment or hang in there until the perfect position comes along?
Whether you’re a recent graduate or you were laid off when your previous company downsized, sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect permanent job. Fortunately, there’s a good alternative: working temporary positions. In fact, in the years since the 2007 recession, temporary employees have become more popular with employers who want an easily scalable workforce that doesn’t require the additional costs of benefits. It’s interesting to note that according to the American Staffing Association, in the U.S., staffing companies put an average of 3.2 million temp and contract employees to work each week in 2014. That’s a 5.4 percent increase over 2013.
Clearly, there are many positions available for people who don’t want to or can’t find a full-time, direct hire position. But it’s not just this increase in companies hiring temporary workers that makes it important to consider taking temporary positions. It’s essential to understand that temporary positions offer a number of distinct advantages that can help your situation and your career:
Considering these advantages, it’s obvious that temporary work can be a good solution when a permanent contract remains out of sight. Moreover, if you find a staffing agency that can continuously place you in positions that match your expertise, you might even get the benefits associated with a permanent contract.
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