During the course of 12 months, U.S. staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees, according to the American Staffing Association. Related: Job Seekers: Why You Should Try A Temp Job While those looking to land a permanent role may find temp work that doesn’t guarantee an end to unemployment unenticing, below are six reasons why accepting a contract role may, in fact, be quite savvy:
You may be wondering whether temporary work should have a place on your resume. When job security is hard to come by and job openings are limited, employers are accepting that more applicants are keeping themselves current with temporary work rather than having a gap in employment. Related: Transform Temp/Contract Work Into A Permanent Job Find out how to best position your temporary work to showcase valuable and relevant experience for the new job you apply for.
Some job seekers are hesitant to accept temporary or contract assignments because they are concerned if they commit to something short-term, they will miss out on opportunities for full-time assignments. This may be a bit short-sighted because many employers are now using staffing agencies (and sometimes internal recruiters) to “try before they buy” job candidates. Related: Transform Temp/Contract Work Into A Permanent Job In many cases, short-term assignments are being extended and even becoming full-time opportunities for some workers.