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Temping or ‘contract employment’ may be the perfect option for your career – find out why!

When asked the question ”Are you looking for temporary or permanent roles?”, obviously the most logical answer is permanent only! But have you ever thought about why temping is a great idea?

Here are my top 5 reasons why temping is great

  1. Avoiding resume gaps. It is much easier to look for employment when you are currently working and taking a temporary contract avoids those all too long gaps in your resume that lead employers to ask, “what were you doing all this time?”. It will also allow you to build up some money and give you some well-deserved confidence within your own abilities.
  1. It allows you to test the role. If you are not 100% sure of the role that you want to be in long term then temporary contracts are a great way to dip your feet into the pool, providing you have some sort of relevant experience for the role in question. If you discover that you in fact do not like that type of role, then you don’t have to go for that again and at least it is temporary and your not leaving a permanent role and “job hopping”. If you like it, you always have the potential to prove yourself to the company you are working for and if they have the ability to, they may offer you a permanent role!
  1. This will depend on the individual but perhaps you ceased working after maternity leave, or took a personal break for employment. You may have even received redundancy and taken a break from working afterwards. After a break it can be hard to know if you are ready to commit to full time employment again. If so, this is a great place to begin.
  1. Making connections. How many times have you heard the phrase, “It’s who you know not what you know”? While this isn’t entirely true there is something to it. This is mainly because people can vouch for you! They can tell the hiring managers you are great to work with, you arrive on time, you do a good job. If two candidates are in consideration for a role and someone recommended one of them to you, who would you select for the job. Nobody wants to hire a “bad egg” and temping is a great way to get your name out there as a great worker. Tip: ask for references from your line managers before you finish your assignment.
  1. Keeping your skills relevant. This is probably the most important one. Not even just keeping skills relevant with regards to the work you do but also the skills needed for the work environment itself. Companies want to hire people who are going to fit easily into their team and be able to follow their policies and procedures in the work environment. If you are out of employment for a while, it can be easy to forget how to work in a team in a workplace environment.

Most importantly, if you are interested in temporary roles, and have skills to thrill, please let me know!


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