Working on temporary assignments has some stigmatized views among job seekers. However, the growing demand for temp workers reflects major changes and shifts in the job market. In this article, we will explain the eleven reasons why job seekers should consider ‘temping’ and how this trend is actually will help you to build your career and land the job of your dream.
1- Survive the harsh job market and the fierce competition
With the economic hits and employers woes, the job market in Canada has witnessed an intense competition in the past decade. Such competition made it difficult for job seekers to find their dream jobs, build their careers and increase their career prospects.
With temporary placements, job seekers can find appropriate positions while enduring a relatively acceptable level of competition through registering with a temp employment agencies.
2- Get work experience
Whether you are a new graduate or a newcomer, getting work experience is not an easy task to build a solid resume. Temporary placements are excellent opportunities to get the work experience you seek to develop your career.
3- Build your references list and establish your connections
The reference check is a critical step in the recruitment process. Each candidate is required to provide a list of 3 or more professional references that are capable of evaluating his/her skill and attitude. Temping will help you work with other workers and supervisors, whom you can ask them to be your references when requested to provide the same.
4- Find a job – quickly
Finding a job might take weeks and in many cases, months. Without income, it is hard for job seekers to provide for themselves and their families if needed, and add layers of complexities to their – already – complicated situation. Temp employment agencies, usually have access to the next open positions that you can target. Temping also will help you save time and effort searching for a new job.
5- Access unposted vacancies and the hidden job market
It is a well-known fact in the job market that more than 50% of available vacancies are unposted, which is known by the hidden job market. Usually, temp employment agencies are the first to know about the employer’s needs and are assigned to find the right candidate. With the help of a temp employment agency, you will have access to the hidden job market.
6- Develop your skill – set
As a job seeker, you need to build and develop your skill-set. For example, you might consider yourself as a team player, but until you actually work within a team, you will never develop such a skill. Temp work will give you the opportunity to develop your hard skills, as well as your soft skills.
7- Sample careers and industries
How to know if a career or industry is right for you? This is a dilemma facing some job seekers who are trying to find the career or the industry that fit their personality, work style and skills. Temping provides you with a safe way to experience different occupations and industries without jeopardizing your reputation and looking incompetent as you jump from a job to another.