The numbers of temp jobs have been showing relatively healthy gains during the employment market’s very sluggish recovery. And many experts see the increase in temporary employment as a good sign that the recovery will continue–companies often hire temp workers as a way to increase production or development without the financial obligation that full-time employees bring.
But the rise in temp jobs isn’t beneficial only for companies–it can also be a great option for job seekers.
“Obviously it brings in an income, but there are many benefits to temp work,” says Tiffany Crenshaw, a cofounder of CareerMoxie.com. Here are some benefits to consider when you evaluate a temp job:
Test-driving a job
Ever wish you could test-drive a job before fully committing to it? Temping lets you do just that. “Temping allows you to assess whether an opportunity and company culture really ‘fit’ you,” says Crenshaw. “Since fit can often be hard to ascertain in an initial interview, I like to think of temping and consulting as a 30- to 90-day interview resulting in a much better understanding of what the position really entails.”
Potential to go full-time
Another huge perk of temping is the potential for any role to go full-time. “The employer has a chance to evaluate your performance prior to making the expensive investment in hiring you full-time,” says Crenshaw. “You have an opportunity to try on lots of different jobs, industries, and companies until you find the one that feels right, without wreaking havoc on your resume. This can be a win-win for both you and the employer.”