The Wonderful World of Temping

Sadie Hills 23.02.2015

It’s a tough job market out there right now, but you don’t need me to tell you that.

Finding work can be challenging. For young people who are just starting their careers, as well as for those who are older and trying to move into a new career. You may feel as though you’re caught in a catch-22: you need the experience to get the job, but you can’t get experience without a job. However, many people are finding that the answer to their problem is gain experience through “temping”.

Many people are finding that the answer to their problem is gain experience through “temping”.Working as a temporary and contract recruitment consultant, my job is to source professionals for companies, who require employees on a short or long-term temporary basis. The wonderful world of temporary staffing varies from one role to the next. The employment term could be for a few days, a few weeks, a few months or even longer than a year.

Temporary work doesn't just benefit the professional, but the employer too, as it doesn't incur all the administrative costs of placing an ad, interviewing and possibly training a new employee dependent on the role. It also saves a considerable amount of time for the client as it’s myself, the recruitment consultant, who handles all the payroll, sickness and holiday enquiries.

So what are the advantages of temping?

  • Gaining Exposure

Temping gives you the opportunity to see what different company cultures are like and what you prefer as an employee. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy sitting at a desk? Do you prefer working for a large blue chip organisation, or a small company? Now is the time to discover what you’re good at and what you really want out of a job. You can also learn about alternative career fields and experiences that you might not otherwise be exposed to. This type of exposure could make all the difference when choosing your future career.

  • Transition Into Permanent Employment

Once you’re on the job as a temp, the employer gets a chance to see you shine and discover what you can bring to them. Don’t be surprised if what started out as a short time assignment turns into a permanent job offer. If and when that time comes, you’ll know if this is a company that you want to stay with long-term.

  • Enjoy Flexibility

Most temp jobs are full time hours per week and when your assignment is over, you can take some time off if you’d like. If you wanted to go off on a month long adventure, you can. And, if you’re a reliable temporary candidate then upon your return, I as temporary consultant can be sure to place you in another position.

  • Gain Skills and Experience

I’ve met several candidates in the past who have been laid off from their jobs and are now trying to move onto a more lucrative career. Taking courses at your local college or adult education school will teach you new skills, but nothing teaches you as well as personal experience. On-the-job experience is the ideal way to prepare yourself for a new line of work. If you can prove that you have some basic skills, they will very likely place you in jobs where you can work under supervision and further enhance your skill set.

And the good news is…

Temp jobs are on the rise and experts interpret this trend to mean that employers are starting to think about hiring. The move to more temporary hiring indicates that employers are willing to try out potential professionals for permanent jobs. What this means for you is that working as a temp could very well blossom into a permanent, full-time job. Temping can open a window of opportunity for both the professional and employer.

So, if we were to go back twenty years ago, even 10 years ago, temp employees were a quick fix during busy work months or temporary coverage during illness, vacation or maternity leave. Today it’s safe to say that temps are essential to almost every business and bring much more than just ‘cover’ to an organisation.

If you are looking for temporary work within a business support environment, please do get in touch.

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Senior Consultant | Office Support and Secretarial Recruitment