Like everything else, there are definite advantages and disadvantages to adopting short-term employment.
Becoming a temp can be the perfect solution to career or personal needs, or temping might simply offer a way to pay for bills until a better job becomes available.
The temporary jobs characteristically range in length from one day to several days or may extend for a few weeks.
Reasons for Taking a Temporary Job
Nowadays, job seekers have many reasons to opt for a temporary job:
- The job being sought is typically only available as a temporary or ‘seasonal’ vacancy.
- A temporary job is all a job seeker can find in their field or the local job market, in their current circumstances.
All of these seem like valid reasons for taking temporary employment. Precisely, if you have been unemployed for more than 6-7 months, a temporary job can be your ultimate options.
Advantages of Taking a Temporary Job
A temporary job offers quite some benefits to the job seeker:
- The temporary job may be precisely what the job seeker wants, with a time constraint for his employment commitment.
- It offers an income stream while the ‘actual’ job search continues. Used to be called ‘salary continuation plan.’
- Helps bridge the gaps on your resume – a gap in experience required for the next job or a gap in the resume’s employment history.
- It may offer the job seeker an opportunity to ‘test drive’ a job, an employer, or an industry.
- The job seeker has an opportunity to begin their career migration to a new field.
- Occasionally, it provides both income and benefits, for instance, health insurance.
- Sometimes, it serves as a gateway to a permanent job, often referred to as ‘temp-to-perm.’
- These jobs offer both the employer and the employee an opportunity to see how they can work together.
Disadvantages of Taking a Temporary Job
Obviously, there is a down-side for temporary work as well:
- Many temps document feeling isolated and not treated appropriately by other employees. This may vary by organization and ‘corporate culture,’ but it does occur.
- Most temps are not compensated top dollar for their job unless they have quite a scarce skill.
- Based on the agency, you might find that you have lesser benefits (paid vacation, sick days, for example).
The great news is that these jobs are, by definition, temporary! The people and atmosphere change with every job. So, if one spot feels unpleasant, the next one may appear great.
It’s a balancing act. For some, being a temp seems perfect. For others, being a temp is a hopeful shortstop before a full-time ‘permanent’ job is landed.