Last week, we wrote about some of the many benefits of temporary job placements, especially with Kansas City being the No. 2 city in the nation for temporary work. Below are the top 5 reasons to consider temporary job placements.
- Hesitations on adding permanent employees
It is probably safe to say 2020 is not exactly shaping up to be the year many of us thought it might be. With mandatory shutdowns and stay-at-home and work-at-home orders, it is easy to feel like nothing is quite what it seems. For businesses, this has created a whiplash effect of closures followed by slow return-to-work ramp ups. As a result, many business owners are hesitating to move forward with full-time hiring until there is some feeling that things are more under control and it’s business as usual. Accepting a short or long-term temporary employment placement can be a great way to move forward with a company and have an opportunity to showcase your skills.
- Experience, networking, and references
The rise of the gig economy has forever dispelled the once-negative connotations of temporary work. With so many people possessing a side gig, temp work is no longer seen as job hopping. Instead, it’s a great way to gain experience in a role or industry without having to take the more permanent leap. Let us call it a try before you buy approach. In addition to gaining experience, temp workers benefit from networking possibilities with new individuals, which offers the potential for glowing references about your growing range of new skills and experiences.
- Way to pay for schooling
The cost of education continues to rise, making extra income a welcome addition. Temporary work can be a great way to earn money for the next semester’s tuition, books, or supplies. Depending on the assignment, there might also be opportunities to find a position that works around a school schedule, allowing greater earning potential. The skills learned while doing temporary work provide a range of new experiences and complementary skills to current studies.
- Money for extras
The uncertainty of the past couple of months have demonstrated it is always good to have a contingency plan. It might be a strategy to build new skills or a plan to set aside money from a temp job to pay for the extras you want and need. In addition to the range of opportunities available through temporary work, there could be additional perks associated with working for a particular business such as discounts on services or an opportunity to become part of the permanent workforce of an organization in the future.
- Opportunity for new skills
One of the greatest things about exploring temporary work assignments is there are so many roles and industries where temporary work is needed. Depending on the timeframe, this might mean roles in payroll, office support or human resources. The sky is the limit and these skills can quickly become a launch pad for learning new on-the -job skills and maybe even a full-time position when the opportunity arises.