There are many rewarding reasons to get a temp job or placement, each with different benefits. From simply gaining new experience in a new field, to supporting you through study or travel. Here are our ten reasons to consider temping.
1) Find flexible work that fits around your studies.
Temping is always a popular option for students looking for work to top up their student loan or gain an additional stream of income while studying. It offers flexibility for those studying away from home and the option to take on more work during the holidays.
2) Find out what you’re good at.
Temping is a good way to try different roles and find out what works for you. You may be a helpful front-of-house member or a quick and efficient bartender. You may also find there is some work that you don’t enjoy or grasp as quickly which will help you to narrow down your job search later down the line.
3) Gain experience in different areas.
A temp job can give you experience in areas you might not have normally considered. Be it hospitality, clerical, or customer services you may find yourself in a variety of different sectors and roles. The benefit of this is not only could it help you get a permanent job in one of these fields, but you’ll have heaps of experience to bring to the table should you find yourself looking for a stop-gap again. Some jobs can require an ‘all hands on deck’ approach and employers like it if their staff have experience and empathy for a variety of roles and tasks.
4) Build your CV
CVs are still one of the main things employers look at when choosing who to hire. Additional experience from temping will help you to boost your CV and stand out from the crowd during the hiring process. Employers like to see candidates who are hard-working, take initiative and are willing to get stuck in. Having a temp job is a great example of this and provides a good talking point to draw on at the interview stage.
If you long to travel or work abroad a temp job can make that happen. Many people temp to save up and fund their travel plans. Taking on a temp job here will also give you that additional experience to land further temp work abroad should you need it.
6) Pay the bills during your job hunt.
Temping can be a useful tool in the limbo between finding a new role and in many cases a means of survival. The peace of mind, knowing you can pay your bills while searching for a permanent role will also help to make the overall job hunt less stressful.
7) Taking a career break.
Sometimes you need to take some time out. Temping can help to support you during a career break and give you the space to reassess the next steps. The additional benefit is that you’re still in employment but with time to decide what’s right for you moving forward.
8) Enjoy a semi-retirement.
Retirement isn’t always for everyone. Many people who have worked all their life find that they begin to really miss the workplace and the drive it gives them. Getting a temp job when you’re retired can help beat boredom and give you the opportunity to try new things.
9) Take control
As a temporary worker, you aren’t tied down by permanent contracts giving you more control over your schedule and the option to move on if things aren’t right for you. The flexibility of this is a great option for those looking to move elsewhere in the near future so you’re not tied down with a contract or commute should things move quickly.
10) Land your dream job
Temping is a great way to get your foot in the door with a company and make a good impression with a desired employer. You may even find out about permanent roles first and get a head start against other candidates. A lot of employers advertise internally first, this way you’ll get a feel for the business and what’s required from their staff enabling you to perform better during the recruitment process.
Feel free to get in touch with our expert team to find out more about temp work and whether it’s a good option for you.