Some people look down at temporary work. Others consider temporary work a great solution and alternative to unemployment.
But everyone is different.
The real question is: Is temporary work right for you?
In order to help you make a decision, we have outlined some of the pros and cons below.
Pros of Temporary Work
1. The jobs offer flexibility.
You can tailor temporary work to fit your schedule. More importantly, you have the option to choose whether or not to accept an assignment based on how it aligns with your needs. It may be ideal for someone looking to earn an income without making an extensive commitment.
2. You have the chance to learn new skills.
Whether you’re looking to change careers, try a new industry or strengthen your current skills, temporary work can help you. The experience you gain from temp work can help you can strengthen areas of weakness or help you determine what you want in the long run. Or, if you’re someone who enjoys the excitement of something new, these shorter-term projects will give you the variety you crave.
3. Temporary work can help you fill employment gaps.
If you find yourself unemployed, temporary assignments are great for plugging in the gaps between long-term roles. They give you the opportunity to continue building and growing both your skill set and resume, while you continue to search for new opportunities.
Cons of Temporary Work
1. The jobs are short-term.
While staffing agencies provide a variety of positions, including direct hire and temp-to-hire positions, most temporary assignments are short-term in nature. These jobs can last a few weeks, or sometimes even a few days. Your recruiter may be able to find you a new assignment right away, but it may be frustrating having to start new jobs so frequently. Especially if you are looking for something steady and reliable.
2. You may not feel like part of the team.
Even though temporary workers do valuable work and play a big part in helping companies meet their business goals, they can often feel isolated or separated from other employees. You may not be included in team meetings or other activities, which can lower your morale. If you find yourself feeling undervalued as a team member, however, it’s important to talk to your recruiter.
3. The jobs may not be exciting.
Many temp jobs are not glamorous. As a matter of fact, many are monotonous, maybe even a little boring. If you want excitement in the workday, temp assignments may not be the way to go. But if you don’t mind doing some repetitive work in order to make some money, it shouldn’t be a problem for you.
How TERRA Can Help
Staffing agencies are a great resource for job seekers who may be struggling to find work on their own.
If you are looking for employment and are on the fence about taking on temporary assignments, contact TERRA.
We may be able to help you find a job that is right for you.