The benefits of temporary work extend far beyond the assignment period. Here are a few examples of why you should be exploring the vast world of temporary work to broaden your career horizons:
Experience different leadership styles and environments:
Ever wondered what it’s like to work at Google or Facebook, but not sure if it’s the scene for you? Thought about working in Financial Services but not sure if you want to wear a tie to work each day?
Temp Agency work allows you to diversify your corporate environments and discover which ones align best with your dream career. Exposure to different leadership styles and processes can add significant value to your resume. A candidate who brings experience from several different companies and work typesis extremely valuable. A hiring manager’s thought will be “Wow, I can get an insight into how all these different businesses operate and take the best of each to improve our business and processes.”
Allows you to rapidly build your professional network:
Temp agency work provides a unique opportunity to grow your network exponentially faster than if you followed the traditional career path. In the normal course of business, people build their professional network over years of experience. Working with a temp agency creates the perfect environment for rapid networking. In the course of a year a temporary worker is exposed to 10x more professionals than a typical worker. People you meet will spread out over industries and regions providing you with the foundation for a solid professional network.
Keeps your skills fresh:
We talked about different leadership styles and environments but temp jobs also allow you to keep your skills fresh. Quickbooks vs. Xero, Dialpad vs. 8×8, Apple vs. Windows – being able to use different tools and platforms in a temp job keeps you on the top of your game. Having experience with a wide variety of workforce platforms broadens your qualifications exponentially.
Gets your foot in the door: Don’t lose momentum!
Often clients come to a temp staffing firm with an immediate need for a resource because of a project, employeeleave or unexpected departure. They don’t have time to move through the corporate approval process for a new headcount or to onboard a direct-hire employee.
30% of the temp workers we place at our clients end up going on to be directly employed by the client. You get the opportunity to make a great impression on the team. If you prove yourself and go above and beyond, there’s a good chance they won’t want to let you go back into the infinite pool of candidates. The hard questions has already been answered – they know you are an amazing employee and can perform.