Even as the job market continues on its erratic and fluctuating path, 40% of employers have recently responded to a survey saying they would hire workers for temporary positions! This is a 4% up-tick from last year’s numbers. 42% of these employers are planning temp-to-perm positions. Employers are unsure about the recovery, the impact of the healthcare act, and the budget sequester cuts, delaying plans of adding permanent workers right now. Even companies which are seeing real growth are unwilling to add permanent workers. This hesitation is at odds with the need for a workforce that can drive the business forward and is producing far more temporary positions than ever before!
Industries where skilled talent is scarce like healthcare, IT and manufacturing are leading the pack; and functions like sales and marketing are recouping previous losses by hiring temporary workers and making no commitments to permanent workers. Some of these temp jobs pay $25 to $30 per hour, so many workers are happy to keep things temporary and move from job to job – enjoying the adventure and freedom.
Shed all inhibitions about contingent work and check it out with an open mind – especially if you are currently unemployed, or were never employed before. Clichéd as it sounds, something is always better than nothing. Temp work provides you with remunerated work and also experience to put on your CV.
The question is: can one earn a successful living from temporary assignments? The answer, of course, is yes IF one takes a strategic and professional approach to each assignment. Follow the basic rules of career planning:
Douglas MacArthur once said, “There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity.” Those who embrace the notion of lifetime engagements rather than lifetime employment, and who treat each assignment as a significant career step, will turn those opportunities into reality.
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