Why more jobseekers are taking temp jobs
For a portion of the work population, holding a regular job, with limited vacation days and a certain monotony in the week-to week tasks, is not how life was supposed to be lived. Not when you can pick and choose what you want to do and maybe even travel along the way.
And that is why temporary work assignments have become a lifestyle choice for some professionals.
“We have people working for us who live in Massachusetts for half the year, and then take another assignment in Florida for the other half,” said Bill Driscoll, district president for the staffing firm Robert Half in Boston.
Other people go into contingency work for the opportunity to relocate to an area for personal reasons, such as to take care of an aging parent. Or they may want a chance to travel and experience a variety of regions in the United States.
Interim professionals have the freedom and flexibility to choose projects based on their professional goals and preferences. They can accept short- and long-term assignments and may work either a full- or part-time schedule.
Granted, not everyone can wants a job that doesn’t offer health benefits -- though larger staffing firms offer temporary workers access to health insurance and other benefits at competitive rates -- or the certainty of knowing what you will do in a few months. But if you have a safety net and a good attitude, you can easily create the more balanced lifestyle.
Compensation for temporary project professionals is generally on par with that of full-time employees. And temporary workers with in-demand skills often command even higher pay.
“With the number of people employed rising, there is a greater demand for qualified individuals in our sector,” Driscoll says.
Brett Good, senior district president of Robert Half, says temporary work has been a bright spot in the job market in recent years. Businesses today enlist the help of temporary workers ranging from executive assistants and human resources assistants, to financial analysts and even CFOs.
Temporary work can help you get a foot in the door with a particular company. Then when a temporary assignment goes well, it can lead to a full-time position.
“To be successful as a temporary professional, approach each assignment as you would a full-time position,” he says.
The flexibility of the temporary sectors offers you a chance to work hard and then play hard.
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