It's an all-too-familiar scenario in today's competitive job market. You've scoured the employment websites, participated in endless job interviews, and reached out to your professional and personal networks. Yet despite all your hard work, you've been unable to find work.
Depending on your situation, there may be a short-term solution to your long-term job problem — temporary employment or "temping." Today's employers are offering temporary positions for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to "try out" prospective employees or to reduce overhead expenses.
While a temporary job may not be your ideal position, it does offer unique advantages, including:
- The opportunity to get your foot in the door. Temping with a good company may allow you to showcase your talent and work ethic, and develop relationships with hiring managers. It also gives you the chance to try out a specific job or company before you make a long-term commitment.
- Income. It's usually a lot easier and less time-consuming to land a temporary job than it is to get a permanent one. That means if you're looking for fast money, temping might be a good solution.
- Resume building. If you are new to the workforce and need to gain experience, a temp job will help you gain valuable experience for your resume. It can also help you fill gaps in your resume.
- New skills. Temping can also help you develop skills that can make you more marketable for prospective employers. For example, you could learn a new software program.
- Self-esteem. If you've been out of work for an extended period of time, having a job can give you a big psychological lift.
Of course, temporary employment isn't without its drawbacks. One of the biggest is that you likely won't get benefits, so if you become sick or want to take a vacation, you may be on your own.
The decision to temp really depends on your needs and financial situation, so be sure to carefully evaluate your options. You never know; temping just might work for you.