As you may have noticed, permanent, full-time positions are no longer the standard in the workplace. Temporary positions are now becoming more commonplace and more beneficial for both employee and employer. Forget the stigma of temp agencies shuffling you around, and erase that thought of instability — more and more businesses are turning to temp agencies to find their next employee.
Many companies approach temporary positions as a way to get a feel for a worker before committing to them full time. Make the right impression on them, and you can go from temporary to permanent. “The decision to hire a temp that the company has worked with is a lot easier than hiring someone off the street,” says Lahle Wolfe, About.com’s Guide to Women in Business.
Don’t think a temp agency is right for you? Bob Kovalsky, Senior Vice President of Adecco Staffing reminds us that they can help just about anyone, “even unique groups, like mature workers, military families and Olympic athletes.”
“Agencies organize their opportunities by region and needs to help connect you with jobs that align with your skills and goals,” says Kovalsky. A temporary position is about making it work for you and your specific needs. The fields are practically endless, too. “There are a variety of career opportunities with temporary agencies,” says Kovalsky. “Some popular areas in need of workers include customer service, IT, industrial and manufacturing, medical, transportation and accounting.”
“Some staffing firms,” says Jennifer Azzolina, vice president at Kelly Services, “partner with the best talent and companies in the world, which provides opportunities and exposure to the best of the best.”
If you’re still unsure if a temp agency is worth looking in to, just think about their connections versus your connections. They might be just the people you want to have in your corner when searching for a job.