The U.S. temporary staffing industry grew 6% in 2015 and is expected to grow another 5% in 2016 according to a report published by Staffing Industry Analysts. Temporary employment is a path to a new career that is often overlooked by students, however there are several benefits to temporary employment:
- “Try before you buy.” Naturally, this is a good opportunity to try the company, before you make a full-time commitment. Here is your chance to see the company from an insider perspective. You get to see the work environment, the nature of the position, and the perks, or not-so-many perks, that come with working in that type of role.
- New projects. Usually temporary or contractual professionals are assigned projects and not all projects will be the same. This is a great way to add to your resume by demonstrating your ability to adapt to changes in the workplace.
- Short-term employment. Not all bad, if you want the flexibility to go back to school or spend more time with family, while keeping your skills current and updated.
- Varied work environment. Sometimes depending on the type of job, it is possible to work in different industries, which increases your knowledge-base and value in this type of economy.
- Expands your network. This is a good “foot in the door” approach to a permanent opportunity, but also a great way to meet people in different departments and in the organization itself. With that being said, be sure to act professional and treat this position, as though it were a permanent role, because it could very well become permanent.
A quick Google search of staffing agencies in Central Florida returned dozens of results. Just remember, when working with a staffing agency you, as the job candidate, should not be asked to pay for services.