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.

Prospects for Temp Workers Look Good in 2012

February 24th, 2012

As the U.S. economy begins picking up steam again, businesses are cautiously hiring more employees. That’s good news for anyone seeking work, but the best news may be the job outlook for temporary workers in 2012. Consider some uplifting statistics:,

  • According to the research firm Staffing Industry Analytics, businesses plan to expand the volume of temporary labor they use by 26 percent in the next two years.
  • A Harris Interactive survey of more than 3,000 hiring managers and HR professionals, recently released by CareerBuilder, indicates that 36 percent of companies surveyed will hire contract or temp workers this year, up from 28 percent in 2009.
  • Temp workers are staying in their jobs longer – an average of 13.8 weeks – according to the American Staffing Association.
  • Forecasts for holiday/seasonal hiring look good, says the National Retail Federation. It predicts retailers will hire up to 500,000 seasonal workers in 2012.

What does all this mean? Keeping a close eye on the strength of the recovery, companies are looking for short-term help rather than risk wholesale hiring of permanent employees. They’re also facing a transformed talent pool as laid-off and unemployed workers build new careers as temps, contractors, consultants and freelancers.

These options appeal both to young workers, who like the mobility and freedom of temp work, and retirees who want to keep working in a limited capacity.

There are plenty of compelling reasons to consider temp work as an option. Here are just five:

  1. It gives you purpose and activity every day.
  2. It gets you in the door. A temp assignment can lead to a full-time position.
  3. It fills gaps in your resume.
  4. It keeps your skills sharp.
  5. It expands your professional network. You’ll make plenty of new contacts in your temporary assignments – contacts that can pay off down the road, especially as referrals for future positions.

Learn more about how Meador Staffing can help you find the ideal staffing position – temporary or permanent.