4 Reasons Why Temp Work Can Be a Great Career Choice

While many people might see temp work as interim work or something to fill in between permanent jobs, for some people temp work can be a great long-term career choice. Here are some of the perks of temp work for the long haul.

  1. More Flexibility

Working temp assignments can offer you the flexibility that some long-term career positions can’t. Temp work allows for employees to focus on interests and commitments outside of the office. Sometimes working in permanent positions can sometimes make people feel pressured to work long hours or on problematic projects. Contract work offers built-in boundaries that can help you pursue hobbies, personal passions, or family commitments.

  1. Meet More People

Temp work can be an extroverts’ dream – or just a great opportunity to network and meet new people, personally and professionally. Having a temp-work career brings you into contact with all kinds of personalities and work styles.  This can help you grow your communication skills, build your collaborative ability, and create important and influential relationships.

  1. Learn New Skills

Working temporary job assignments can expose you to several industries and opportunities that people in permanent positions might miss out on. Temporary work will usually last anywhere from days to months. In that time, most people have the chance to take their skill set and add to it through exposure to technologies, policies, and programs at different businesses. This can help you grow personally and make you a better job candidate for new and interesting assignments.

  1. Less Stress, More Stability

For some people, working as a temp employee is the opposite of stability.  But committing to regular temporary work means there is potentially less at stake for a career when it isn’t attached to the future of one company. Temporary employees feel secure in knowing that they can be matched with more projects and keep working if their current company is downsizing or restructuring.

 

Working with a staffing agency can help take your existing talents and match them up with temp projects or contract work that can grow your network and your skill set.  Our contract job recruiters can help you find the assignments that are the best fit for you. To start a more permanent commitment to temporary work and find a better balance and more flexibility, give us a call today.

How Do I Gain More Experience In My Profession?

For those either new to the job market, or making a return after a prolonged absence, the focus needs to be on showing you have the experience you need to get the job done. But getting that experience can be a challenge in its own right. Here are a few tips to help you gain the experience you need to get ahead in your job search.

Understanding the Value of Experience

The skills gap between a seasoned professional and a recent graduate can easily put off employers from hiring rookies, but keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere. The key is to gain the industry knowledge and the professional network that will help make you more attractive to employers. That doesn’t necessarily mean holding a regular job in the industry. It can include everything from volunteer work to contract work. Experience is an excellent, and perhaps the best, indicator of future performance so make sure you build the relationships and the understanding of the environment and the work that will mean less on the job training and time to settle in to a new professional environment.

Volunteering and Internships

Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door with a company. But not every business has opportunities for volunteers. Internships are another important way to gain the experience you need to be effective in a similar role. Look for opportunities where they exist. Don’t focus on only volunteering or interning at the places you want to work in the future. Every bit of experience you gain in the professional world will help you build your resume. And the diversity you bring to the hiring table with a varied background is of great value to future employers. So, focus in on the industry and the skills you will need in the future, then do what you can to practice those muscles and learn from others who are in the thick of things to better prepare yourself for future opportunities.

Networking and Informational Interviews

Another important way to get important experience and learn how to talk business with businesses is by expanding your professional network. Find a mentor within the industry that you are looking to grow into. Ask questions, shake hands. Share your interest and your desire to be an effective employee within the industry. You’d be surprised how open and invested people can be if you show them you appreciate their time and take the opportunities seriously. The hardest part about getting yourself into a good position within an industry is knowing what you don’t know. Once you understand that, you can focus your efforts on gaining the experience and the education you really need to hit the ground running.

Contract Work

Temporary work is an often overlooked opportunity for individuals looking to gain more experience. Contracting is a great way to learn a lot very fast as employers need professionals to step in quickly and make an impact on their business. Come into a contract armed with the skills and knowledge that can make a difference for that specific role or project, but plan to leave with a depth of industry knowledge and understanding that can truly make a difference in your long-term career.

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The Great Balancing Act: Should I Care More About Culture Fit or Pay?

A job search is challenging for many different reasons, but one you might not think about too often is the challenge of weighing different options. But to ensure that you are setting yourself up for long-term success in a new position, it’s worth weighing the various pros and cons of each offer before you make a decision. A common comparison is culture and pay. Every company you work for will offer a unique culture in which you will be expected to work. This can impact your overall effectiveness and happiness on the job, so be mindful of how that culture will influence your decision making.

On the other hand, pay is an important factor too of course. Your starting rate can make one offer distinctly more attractive than another, but also consider long terms trends of pay growth within the company you are considering. If they are offering you a nice onboarding package but the company is unlikely to promote from within, you can be setting yourself up for future frustrations. All these decisions can help you better understand what will and what won’t make you happy and content in a job for the long term, so consider all angles carefully before making a selection.

But there’s more to culture and pay that will influence your success within a new role. Here are a few additional elements of a job that can help you decide which job will be the better fit.

Commute

How long it takes you to get to/from work every day can have a very real impact in your overall happiness within a role. If you find yourself frustrated to sit in traffic for long periods of time, a long commute may be a good reason to not take a certain job. It can mean less time with family, and more money spent on transportation expenses. So, take everything into account when evaluating whether it’s the job for you. Keep in mind that if a long commute does make a job less attractive to you, it’s worth talking to the hiring manager about remote options if it makes sense for the role. Even for those with a long commute, a day or two working from home can make a big difference.

Travel

Many jobs these days do require travel. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for before accepting an offer. Whether you will be required to get yourself from point a to point b, or if the company will be footing the bill, large amounts of travel can be a challenge for some employees, particularly those with families at home. On the other hand, if you love to travel such a job might seem like more of an exciting adventure than a burden. Ask the question and weigh the value for yourself.

Professional Development

Mentorship and professional learning opportunities hold a great deal of value for employees looking to advance their career. Many companies do invest heavily in the development of their staff, so if you are interested in growing internally, a job with a mentorship program and a strong L&D department (learning and development) might speak to you more than opportunities with less focus on professional growth. Again, weigh the advantages and your preferences carefully, and pick the one which is most meaningful to you.

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Here Are the 3 Things You Need To Make Excellent Career Choices

Your career is likely one of the most important aspects of your life. It’s more than what you do day to day, your career is what you work toward, what you’re passionate about, what you feel accomplished in, and what is fulfilling to you. Sometimes making good career choices can be challenging though. We never know what the future may hold, but here are 3 things you need to keep in mind to help navigate your own career path to the best of your ability, and achieve that lifelong success that you are searching for.

1) Always Be Networking

Whether you consider yourself to be an expert networking professional or someone who is still working on that skill, networking is a critical part of your career success. Practice makes perfect, and taking every opportunity to practice will make you a pro before you even know it. While the skills you will need to be good at networking do come naturally to some, but they are also skills that are easy to learn. The basics include communicating well about your professional experience and your goals, being friendly and memorable to the people you speak with, and most of all listening to what your networking partner has to say as well. You never know where your next big break will come from so make sure you are always looking for opportunities to make meaningful professional connections, wherever you are.

2) Keep Learning New Skills

Professional development is something that can be very important to your long-term career growth. Industries are always changing, technology in particular seems to be making big differences across generations of workers. For those not able or willing to keep up with the latest trends or information are sure to fall behind. Seek out learning opportunities. Read books, listen to podcasts, take an online course, enroll in a certificate program. Whatever level of ongoing education you have time and space for in your life, do that. Because every year a new class graduates with the latest skills and a deep knowledge base that may disrupt your entire industry. Stay on your toes, keep your mind engaged, and keep learning new skills to remain relevant and competitive in your industry.

3) Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New

Sometimes we get too comfortable in our jobs. We come to know the work well, are confident in our ability to do the job, know the people well, and feel we are important to the success of the company we work for. But if you stay in the same job without room to grow in responsibility or impact, then you are inevitably selling yourself short. Sometimes people are afraid to take the leap, leave their job and try something new, and are inevitably disappointed by the very career they have built for themselves. Don’t avoid a challenge just because it’s going to be different. Rise to the occasion. Test your own limits. Look for the work that energizes you every day, and if you can’t find that job, create it.

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Wait until You See What Happens to Your Career When You Master These Soft Skills

Soft skills – you may have heard how important they can be to your career. But when was the last time you focused on mastering some new ones? There are many soft skills that technical and non-technical candidates can benefit from when it comes to landing a new job. Communication is obviously high on the list, but also think about emotional intelligence, team building, organizational, and leadership skills. Here’s how they can help you take your career to the next level.

The Value of Good Communication

Communication is complicated in our new world of work. Email, instant messaging, mobile phones, and other modern communication methods have really changed the way in which work is done. But, communication is still a critically important skill for job applicants to have and promote to employers.

Work is rarely done in a vacuum or on an individual level, so those speaking and writing skills are in constant demand. A candidate’s ability to discuss issues with coworkers and other stakeholders in a way that results in positive action is invaluable. In order to describe real situations where your communication skills were an asset to an employer or on a project, focus on developing those skills. Practice makes perfect and the more opportunities you get, the better you will become. Public speaking and collaborative efforts are both good examples to showcase employers in an interview. If you don’t have some case studies in your back pocket, go out there and get them.

Working with Different Personalities

Working in a team can be tricky, especially with the diversity of experiences and personalities that come along in the tech industry. If you’re not confident in your abilities, this is an area you should work on building strength in. Employers depend on their team to collaborate and motivate each other. If you can showcase your leadership in that regard, you will make a big impression with hiring managers.

Handling Difficult Situations

Work requires some hard conversations, and if you are not skilled at navigating those types of situations, you are doing yourself a disservice in your career. Communicating (or even defending) your value to your manager and corporate leadership is critical. Understanding how to work well cross-functionally within your organization is key. If you shy away from the difficult situations that can lead to positive change, then you will only ever be as well off as you are now. And that’s unlikely to last for long considering how fast corporations and organizations are changing to keep up with a rapidly evolving market.

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Expert Career Advice From Recruiters Who’ve Seen It All

Recruiters are an excellent source of information for candidates and mid-career professionals. That’s because they have literally seen it all. They know what career success looks like, and the path that applicants need to take in order to get from point A to point B. Here are 3 of the very best pieces of career advice from those who know the landscape better than anyone else.

1) Beat the Bot

 The shift to digital talent sourcing has been both a blessing and a burden for companies and candidates alike. If you know how to work the system, you can do so much more when it comes to finding the right job. But first, you need to know how to get past the bots. Automated resume reviewing programs are quick to discard any resumes that don’t use special keywords that identify a candidate as relevant. And as employers are quick to receive hundreds upon hundreds of resumes, all in varying states of relevance for the position they are seeking to fill, you can see why it’s important to have a process in place to weed out those candidates who are not qualified.

That said, because of this automated gate keeping, you need to be sure you are using the right keywords for the job. Use the job description as your guide, and make sure you customize every resume you send to make sure it’s as relevant and readable as possible, even if the reader is a bot.

2) Put a Number to Your Achievements

 Quantified successes are important to position yourself for success in the job search because it helps measure you against other candidates. If you say you made all your sales goals, but fail to define the actual amount, that’s not something that can be measured against. By putting a number to your achievements, be they sales goals, clients earned, budgets managed, etc., you are helping employers to really see how valuable you are to an employer. And this also makes it easier to imagine you succeeding in their new role. So, don’t be afraid to get specific with your accomplishments. It will show employers that you mean businesses and you know how to measure your own success.

 3) Don’t Give Up

 Roles and opportunities come and go. Some times of year, such as in January or at the beginning of the fiscal year, job openings are more plentiful because budgets are available. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to find a new job at other times of year. In fact, those are often the secret opportunities to network and make connections with recruiters and employers before they even know they want to hire someone. That way, once that opportunity does come up, they already have someone in mind for the job—you!

So if you didn’t find the job of your dreams this week, don’t give up. Persistence is rewarded when it comes to job hunting. Just remember to keep learning, try new things, and always market yourself so that when that opportunity does present itself, you’re ready.

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4 Reasons Why Temp Work Can Be a Great Career Choice

Temporary work is not what it used to be. Where once they were looked on as the kind of work that would hold candidates over until their real job came through, now temp work can help distinguish a career. Contracts are sometimes even extended based on project length, business need, and proof of a skilled and committed worker. If you are looking for ways to build out your resume and position yourself for your dream job, here are 4 reasons why temp work might be the right choice for you.


1. Build Your Network

One of the most valuable parts of working on a contract job is the people you meet and the connections you make. Expanding your professional network is difficult when you are not working, but in temporary positions you are more likely to make many new acquaintances and hopefully leave them all with a good impression. Think of it as an opportunity to meet your next employer, even if it’s not with your current company. Your coworkers are also very good resources within your professional network. You never know where your next gig will come from, so take the time to make connections and make a name for yourself within the professional community.  

2. Expand Your Skills

Every new job you take provides the opportunity to learn new things. By taking on a temporary job, it really offers the chance to build new skills in a short amount of time. If you know what type of work you are looking to build a career on, it’s important to do research and figure out if you have the skills and qualifications that will get you there. With temporary work, you can expand your skills set quickly on a wide variety of projects that will each add value to your resume and your work history.

3. Gain Experience Quickly

If you are new to your industry, or professional work in general, a lack of experience can be a challenge when it comes to landing a job. Temp work allows candidates to gain lots of experience very quickly, and as such can help land those future dream jobs. Worth considering as well is that many employers look to hire from their temporary rosters once employees have had a chance to prove their value. After about 3 to 6 months, both employee and employer will have a better idea of whether they are each a good fit for the other.

4. Try Something New

For those professionals looking to make a change in their careers, temp work is an ideal way to test out a new industry or new role with minimal commitment. If you are looking for a change, consider short-term contracts that can give you the opportunity to use your skills in a new way and provide that inside view from a new company or industry that will help you make your move.

 

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