Conventional wisdom suggests that temp work is less valuable than full-time employment. But the gig economy suggests otherwise. Legions of people are now supporting themselves quite well as independent contractors in nearly every conceivable industry. Whether you are looking for flexibility, focusing on your education, taking care of your family, or simply trying to decide what you want to do next, a contract role may be just right for you. Here are a few perks.
Easy to Get
Especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are in need of flexible, temporary employees; and the use of temporary help continues to be a trend. They may be reluctant to hire new full-time staff with the economy in flux, or they may simply need short-term help with a big project. Fewer people are competing for these positions, and many employers are willing to take the risk on a short-term worker who may not quite meet all of the qualifications.
This combination of factors can make it quick and easy to pick up a gig, where you will have the opportunity to prove your worth. Many people are able to turn a temporary position into a full-time job when the time is right.
While every position is different, most employers grant their contract workers a great deal of flexibility. You may have some ability to limit your hours, choose your tasks, and even subcontract out some of your duties. Many temp positions offer the opportunity to cross-train in different positions so you can add to your skills.
Temp positions are also time-limited, which lets you take a job between school semesters or whenever it fits into your life. Taking a vacation is as simple as scheduling a couple of weeks off between contracts, and you don’t need to worry about leaving your employer in the lurch if a position turns out not to be the right fit.
Gaining New Skills and Contacts
A massive advantage of temp work is the ability to learn new things. You will be able to show future employers that you are adaptable, and the new skills you amass will be an excellent addition to your resume. You will also meet a lot of new people who could become important parts of your professional network. This can be very appealing to younger workers who are starting the careers.
Money and Perks
In many cases, companies are willing to pay a higher rate for a contract worker than for a full-time employee. You can charge by the hour or by the project, and you can rapidly work your way into higher-paid contracts as you gain experience and references. If you use a staffing agency to find gigs, you may also qualify for a variety of benefits through your agency.
Learn more about working as a temp with our free guide – A Job Seekers Guide for Working with Temp Agencies.
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