Temp workers may have had a bad reputation in the past as somehow less valuable than a permanent employee. But did you know that the temporary workforce is predicted to grow to more than 3.2 million in 2025? The growth of temporary jobs is much higher than full-time work, so that means if you are considering working as a temp, you have a much higher chance of finding work. With the economy in decline, temp jobs are becoming a lifeline for the American workforce. But what you may not realize is there are some clear benefits of taking on a temp job. This article will share seven of them.
1. Temp jobs help you find work fast.
We already mentioned temporary work opportunities are available at a rate higher than traditional jobs. If you need to get back to work, taking on a temp job can keep a paycheck coming in with no employment gaps.
2. Schedule flexibility.
Schedule flexibility is a big benefit of temp work. You have the opportunity to decline or accept a temp job based on the schedule you need to keep. Traditional roles lack the kind of flexibility you may need to take care of responsibilities at home or if you’re in school. You can pick short-term, long-term, or even a contract assignment, depending on your lifestyle.
3. Getting your foot in the door for something permanent.
A temp-to-hire role is designed to allow you and the employer to determine if the job is the right one for you. It gives you the opportunity to prove your value, but also ensures that you won’t be stuck in a job where you hate your boss or don’t like the culture. Temp jobs are like trying it before buying it, which lessens the risk for both you and your employer.
4. Build your resume.
A temp job lets you build concrete skills on your resume. That’s great if you’re new to a field and trying to build credibility, or if you’re trying to switch careers. Temp workers pick up new skills on every assignment, so it makes their resumes that much more robust—which makes you much more attractive to an employer.
5. Take on new industries and challenges.
You’ll find temp roles in all kinds of industries and for all kinds of roles. You may consider a temp just “just” a factory gig or perhaps food service? Wrong. Today, you’ll find temporary positions in almost every area, from accounting to technology, government,and healthcare.
6. Build a stronger network.
If you want your name to be recognized by top employers all over town, temping gives you a ready-made network of professional connections. If the company you’ve been working for doesn’t have a full-time position available, the people you impressed there may share your name with another company. Networking is all about who you know; temping will keep you in front of hiring managers and recruiters, which can only benefit your career.
7. If you’ve been laid-off, temporary work fills any possible gaps on your resume.
You know the expression, “It’s always easier to find a job if you have a job.” It’s inevitable that a hiring team will question why you have gaps in employment on your resume. Working as a temp can help you fill those gaps and make you look more attractive as a candidate.
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