Companies Demand For Temps On The Rise
Is temping really for you?
"The ability to combine lifestyle with work has made temporary work an increasingly popular option in a climate where employers want increased flexibility in their workforce, according to a national recruitment firm." But is temping really for you? Most probably the answer is "Yes".
For those active job seekers whose main objective is to find permanent employment, the frame of mind for most is "temporary work will increase the chances for me missing those great permanent opportunities that arise out of the blue."
Temporary roles do vary in length of time; for those who know what they want in their next position, the short-term (1 day to 1 month) option is convenient. You can still apply for permanent roles, keep yourself busy and fine-tune your skills while temping. Interviews can be scheduled before or after work and if you are successful getting a permanent role, most employers understand that people need to give notice and/ or honour short-term temporary assignment commitments.
"Temporary relief staff prove to be an excellent resource for the efficient running of an organisation. It seems to be a two way street as the benefits to the temporary candidate allows them a greater choice and variety of roles available," a sort of "try before you buy" situation.
For those job seekers whose employment aspirations are still up in the air, maybe you’re changing directions in the industry or position focus, or you just simply need a change. Then temping in general is a great opportunity to get out there and see what is in stall for you. You never know, you could land the perfect job in a role you never thought was "you" until you tried.
A recent survey revealed that 83% of large companies used temporary staff and 76% predict they will us temporary support staff within the next 6 months.
Skilled and flexible temporary employees are in demand and if full-time work is what you’re seeking – temping can be ongoing and is not at all an insecure lifestyle, as some people may believe.
Source: Human Resources, August 2002
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