Temp Worker – To Be Or Not to Be?

May 18th, 2012

According to a recent Harris Interactive survey of more than 3,000 hiring managers and HR professionals, 36 percent of companies either already have or plan to hire temporary workers this year – up from 28 percent in 2009.

Why the increase? For one reason, hiring temporary workers gives companies the option to gear up for short-term or seasonal business, without the expense and burden of health care and other benefits. And of course they can choose from a talent pool of laid-off workers, hungry for any type of paying position.

But what’s in it for you? Does opting for temporary work detract from your search for a full-time position? Does it seem like taking your eye off the ball?

Not if you’re looking to change careers, say job experts. A temporary assignment in a field that interests you offers an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the industry. It also gives you experience that can help launch you into a full-time opening at a later date.

Even if you’re not looking to change careers, there are numerous compelling reasons to check out temporary work assignments. They:

  • Give you something to do – and doesn’t that beat sitting around the house all day?
  • Offer decent pay (sometimes even better-than-decent, if you happen to possess the special skills they need right away.
  • Expand your professional network, enabling you to nurture new relationships that can open the door for you later on.
  • Nab you a couple of valuable references, also useful at some future date.
  • Fill those annoying gaps in your resume, so you no longer have to invent explanations for what you did for a whole six months in 2012.
  • Hones your skills and keeps you sharp, thus avoiding the sense that you’re getting out of touch with the workplace.

Most companies that hire temp workers do not promise anything beyond the term agreed-upon at the outset. At the same time, no one can predict the future. It’s always possible an existing employee will leave during the time you’re in the office. If you’re doing an outstanding job, chances are you’ll be considered for the full-time position, or at least you’ll have made a very favorable impression on a potential future employer. It’s win-win!

Find out about the wide range of resources available from Meador Staffing Services to help you find the ideal position.

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