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Should I consider a temporary job?
CareerBuilder | September 4, 2020
The best temporary jobs include flexibility, variety and learning opportunities. Here are the most popular today:
Looking for work that provides flexibility, variety and new learning opportunities? Consider a temporary roll. Jobs in the temporary employment industry are booming right now – and will only continue to increase over the next three years by 5.9 percent.
What's behind this significant growth? Since the recession, companies have increasingly been relying on temporary and contract workers to supplement hard-to-fill positions and help them stay flexible in the face of ever-changing market demands.
The benefits of temporary work
But employers aren't the only ones who benefit from hiring temporary workers. Temporary jobs are ideal for workers who want to utilize various skills, create connections at different companies and explore different career possibilities.
Consider the following benefits of taking a job in the temporary services industry, which you may not have previously considered:
- Try out a new career. If you're on the fence about your next career move, taking on a temporary job could help you explore a new career path.
- Increase your market value. Temporary employment may not be your ideal industry or work arrangement, but your status as a currently employed individual will make you more marketable to employers who are hiring. Not to mention that the experience will enrich your resume and showcase you as a dedicated employee.
- Pick up new skills and experience. Many people use temporary work as a chance to develop new skills or gain experience in a new industry.
- Possible full-time position. It's not uncommon for a temporary job to turn into a full time gig.
- Build your network. Even if you aren't offered a full-time position when your contract ends, you've made connections who may be able to refer you to opportunities down the line or vouch for your skills when applying to other jobs.
Where the jobs are:
- Computer Service Representatives
- Administrative Assistants
- Human Resources Specialists
- Construction Laborers
- Registered Nurses
- Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks
- Computer User Support Specialists
- Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
- Software Developers, Applications
The following occupations have at least 5,000 jobs available on CareerBuilder.com:
- Team Assemblers
- Nursing Assistants
- Personal Care Aides
- Substitute Teachers
- Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
- Retail Salespersons
- Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
- Security Guards
- Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
Want to see what else is out there? You can search the Job Support Center on CareerBuilder.com for gig-work, part time, remote and work from home jobs.