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The Untruths of Temp Myths

There are many myths surrounding the temporary job market that causes an applicant to shy away from these positions. These myths simply aren’t true. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that people are choosing contract, temporary and contingent work for a variety of reasons. And temp hiring is on the rise. In fact, a 2016 survey of global executives showed that 51 percent plan to increase their use of contingent or temporary workers in the next three to five years.  

Myth 1: Temp workers are people who can’t find a full-time job.

In fact, more and more people are choosing contingent, contract or temporary positions over full-time or part-time work. Some are looking for flexibility in their schedules; others are exploring a new career path. Some are interested in taking on a project-based role, which better suits their lifestyle and career interests.

Myth 2: As a temp, you won’t have any benefits.

Many staffing agencies provide benefits and insurance to temporary workers after a set period, usually 90 days. And if a firm doesn’t offer benefits or insurance, you can obtain them from organizations such as the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) at highly competitive rates.

Myth 3: Temp work is low-level work.

People wrongly assume that temp jobs are only clerical or warehouse work. They’re not. The temp industry hires for nearly every occupation in the U.S., including IT, marketing, engineering, legal, project management and more.

Myth 4: Temps don't get hired for permanent positions.

That’s simply not the case. Being a temp is an excellent way to get an offer for permanent employment. While there’s no guarantee of permanent work, most companies use temps in a “try before you buy” arrangement. Employers are looking for a good work ethic, professionalism, and record of accomplishment. When your contract is up for renewal, make sure to tell your hiring manager that you like your job and would like to stay there permanently.

Myth 5: I won’t learn new skills.

Temporary work is a great way to learn new skills or improve existing ones. What’s more, as a temp, you’ll learn about what skills and technologies are in demand in certain industries and types of positions.

Myth 6: I shouldn’t list my temp jobs on my resume.

Yes, you should list temporary jobs on your resume, especially if they were long-term or relate to a career or field you’re targeting. According to a survey by the American Staffing Association, workers say that temping helps them bolster their resume with professional experience. And while working as a temp, you may learn about skills you don’t have but are interested in obtaining, like IT, accounting or marketing.

Myth 7: I won’t build my professional network if I work as a temp.

You can certainly build a network of business contacts through temporary employment. Build a good working relationship with your manager and co-workers and then reach out and invite them to join your LinkedIn network. Consider asking your favorite colleagues if they’re willing to serve as a professional reference for you.

The myths surrounding temporary jobs are not real. As a temp, you are gaining experience and ultimately, because you’re on the inside, you’ll have a leg up on other job seekers. To get more insight on finding a job or succeeding in the workplace, visit the Lehigh Technical website.

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