The Benefits of Temp Jobs - for the Job Seeker and the Employer

5 Reasons You Both Should Say YES to the Temp Opportunity! 

  -by Haley Garrison

-by Haley Garrison

For the Job Seeker

1. Test the Waters  

Ever wondered what it's like to work for a tech startup, but only have professional services experience under your belt? Or maybe you've spent years working your way up the corporate ladder, but you're exhausted from climbing and you're still not fulfilled. Temp work is a great way to get your feet wet and acquire new skills in a fresh, new field. What's great about temping is that you'll have the opportunity to test the waters – to see if you actually like this new industry or job before you dive in head first.  

2. Build the Resume 

In today's competitive job market, it's crucial to stay active and avoid any unnecessary gaps on your resume. More often than not, companies hiring for temp positions are much more open to varied backgrounds, so if you're looking to make a switch, temp is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door. For permanent opportunities, startups want to see startup experience, healthcare companies want to see healthcare experience – once you build your resume with credible, industry-relevant experience, you'll be 1,000 times more qualified for that dream permanent position!  

3. Temp to Perm 

Many temporary roles end up evolving into permanent positions. Working in a temp role gives you the opportunity to go beyond the interview and prove you're indispensable to your boss. This is your time to shine – showcase all of your many skills so that when it comes to the end of your assignment, there's no way they can let you go!  

4. Network, Network & Network Some More  

Temping opens up a whole new world of networking – you'll get to meet unique people in a different industry at a new organization. These are the people that will be your workplace heroes and your future references, the people who know someone who knows someone who has a job for you – your new heroes!! 

5. The Work-Life Balance Dream 

Most temp jobs are 40 hours a week, which means when your assignment is over, you have time to do the things that matter most to you, whether that's hitting the gym, taking your pup for walk, snuggling up to binge watch your favorite show or coaching your kids in soccer. The beauty of temp work is that it truly offers a flexible, work-life balance, and who isn't excited about that? 

For the Employer

1. New People = New Skills  

Temp workers typically have dynamic backgrounds in terms of their skill set and industry experience. Hiring someone temporarily gives your company direct access to professionals with a wealth of experience under their belts, without having to create a specific department for them to fit into. The best part about temp: if they're great, you can keep 'em!  

2. Hire Someone You Know 

Temp is a great way to see if you like someone before committing to each other full-time...like a first date. A contract-to-hire opportunity allows for you to make sure your needs are exceeded before adding this employee to your team permanently. This is a mutual relationship, and both the job seeker and the employer should feel confident that it's a good fit – or have the opportunity to easily walk away if it just wasn't meant to be.  

3. Take the Pressure Off 

Let's be honest, we've all been in a position where the work just seems to pile up and before we know it, we're swimming in emails and drowning in spreadsheets. In order to avoid that pileup and keep from overwhelming your valued team of employees, hiring additional help temporarily can take the pressure off and allow your team to step away from getting stuck in a reactive rut and be truly productive.  

4. Relationships for Life 

The best way to find talented, valuable and professional temp employees is by partnering with a recruiting agency like Maven Recruiting Group that has a whole team of Recruiters dedicated to temp and temp-to-hire staffing. When partnering with a recruiting agency like Maven, you will have the opportunity to utilize our network and resources for future positions. Not only will you be provided with top talent, but you will have the benefit of working with recruiters who will advocate for your brand for years to come. Your first temp hire will likely not be your last!  

5. Save $$ 

In all transparency, hiring temp employees saves your company money. If you're not sure you can afford a specialized worker full-time, but you really need the expertise, temp just might be your saving grace!  

 

If you've been wondering whether you should give temp work a shot, we encourage you to consider the reasons above! Maybe you're a job seeker in the process of changing industries and you're looking for an opportunity to try something new. Or maybe you're an employer who's eager to bring on someone with a particular skillset. Either way, remember the benefits of temp work and give it a go... you may just find the best career opportunity yet!