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In mid-2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employers where hiring temporary workers at an ever-increasing rate. It is not clear, yet, whether this is a new approach to permanent hiring, or whether those employees will be looking for another job when their temporary stint is up.

Whatever the case, the idea of a temp job is much more common than ever before. For the job hunter, especially one struggling to find long-term employment, it needs to be considered a possibility. The temp-to-hire trend is going strong. While there is no guarantee, at the very least a temp job gives you the chance to gain experience and knowledge from great companies that can only add to your marketability.

In mid-2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employers where hiring temporary workers at an ever-increasing rate. It is not clear, yet, whether this is a new approach to permanent hiring, or whether those employees will be looking for another job when their temporary stint is up.

Whatever the case, the idea of a temp job is much more common than ever before. For the job hunter, especially one struggling to find long-term employment, it needs to be considered a possibility. The temp-to-hire trend is going strong. While there is no guarantee, at the very least a temp job gives you the chance to gain experience and knowledge from great companies that can only add to your marketability.

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The Essential Guide to Finding Temporary Jobs

  1. 1. The Essential Guide To Finding Temporary Jobs Whatever the case, the idea of a temp job is much more common than ever before.
  2. 2. In mid-2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employers where hiring temporary workers at an ever-increasing rate.
  3. 3. Understanding The Temporary Job Hunt • Know What You Are Expecting • Create A Resume Geared For Temporary Work • Face The “Over-Qualified” Problem • Prepare For The Interview • Target Key Temporary Job Industries
  4. 4. Know What You Are Expecting • You want to “shop around” and find a good company culture before applying for permanent work. • You are interested in gaining new training and experience across a broad spectrum of industries. • You are taking a “gap year” and want to find temp work as you travel, before heading off to college. • You prefer to work in spurts, and travel in between jobs.
  5. 5. Create A Resume Geared For Temporary Work • Temporary jobs tend to have a specific goal in mind, such as the completion of a specific project or to fulfill a grant-funded mission. They are time-specific. • They probably don’t want the entire list of jobs and careers you’ve held, and every skill you can market. • They want to know what you can do that fits the narrow goal that defines the temporary job.
  6. 6. Face The “Over-Qualified” Problem • Temporary jobs are project and goal oriented. • Make it clear that you are open to a new experience. • Your experience should be something you sell as a positive. Never let it be a negative.
  7. 7. Prepare For The Interview
  8. 8. Target Key Temporary Job Industries • Office clerks • Human resources • Customer service • Registered nurses • Home health care • Truck drivers • Maintenance workers
  9. 9. Know Where To Find Temporary Jobs
  10. 10. You can’t apply for temporary jobs if you don’t know where to look to find them. That’s half the battle of the job hunt.
  11. 11. Use Temporary Staffing Agencies • Evaluates your skills and experience • An inside connection • Take care of details
  12. 12. Target Organizations That Get Grant Funding • You can build a resume that shows experience in a particular field.
  13. 13. Websites And Word-Of-Mouth • Maintaining an active network with people in your field of industry can pay off for temporary job searches. • A few of the more well-known job search sites include: • monster.com • indeed.com • careerbuilder.com • SnagAJob.com • Net-Temps.com
  14. 14. Create A Temporary Position • Some businesses don’t know they need to be hiring. • The offer of a temporary employee is easier to consider rather than the creation of a new full-time position.
  15. 15. Have Realistic Expectations
  16. 16. Many people look at temporary jobs as a way to get their foot in the door. Temporary jobs are, in plain language, temporary. It’s important that you have realistic expectations.
  17. 17. Know What Salary You Can Expect • You must know ahead of time what you need to live off of. • Don’t take a temporary job if you won’t make enough to meet what you need right now.
  18. 18. Your Benefits May Vary • Some temporary staffing agencies will have a health insurance program, but costs vary. • Vacation or sick days are generally off the table for most temporary employees. • Although, that may lead to more money since benefits won’t be paid.
  19. 19. Do Your Best Work. You’re On Probation. • As a temp worker, you are essentially there on a trial basis. • Remember, you’re the temp, and all eyes are on you. • Work as hard as you’ve ever worked to do a great job.
  20. 20. The Rewards Of A Temporary Job
  21. 21. The most important thing to remember about a temporary job is that it can lead to great things.
  22. 22. The Rewards Of A Temporary Job • Creates job leads • More free time • Set your own work schedule • Gets your foot in the door • “Try-on” a company culture
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