Temporary employment might seem like it's a short-term solution. Many job seekers don't see it as something they want to do, but contract or temporary employment does have its merits. Temporary work is becoming increasingly the go-to solution for employers within dynamic industries.
As a job seeker, looking at a contract position that only has you on the payroll for a few months might seem like a questionable move. However, there are many things that temporary employment offers while you're waiting for feedback on your applications at SeeMeeHireMe. What are the benefits of temporary employment, and why should job seekers consider it a viable way to spend their time? Let's examine what it could offer to you.
Temporary and contract-based employment usually only budget pay for a certain number of months. For example, in retail, temporary employees typically show up around the late autumn months into winter to cater to the Thanksgiving (Black Friday) and Christmas rush. You'll still be getting paid and sending out applications to new companies during this time. Moreover, you won't need to dip into your savings or depend on someone else to cover your bills (or at least some) while working a temporary contract. The money you make is only guaranteed for a short while, but you should make the most of it.
If you're working in an industry you enjoy, temporary employment might give you a leg-up on the competition when you apply for your next position. Employment always teaches you something new about the industry you're working in. Even if you're employed on a temporary basis, you still learn about the company's workflows and how they do what they do. In your full-time job search, you can leverage this experience to show you know specific workflows that other potential employees may not be privy to. This experience can bolt you to the top of a company's hiring list.
Working temporarily in an industry also allows you to make a few contacts inside and outside the enterprise. Career contacts can be priceless since they can clue you in to other openings in their own company that are more permanent or introduce you to other contacts in other companies. Leveraging your networking skills while working in a temporary role sets you up to get full-time employment relatively quickly. Building your relationships with others in the field can also elevate your reputation. If a hiring manager has already heard of you before you show up for an interview, it's a good sign that they already have an opinion of you. That opinion can be shaped by the networking contacts you made previously.