Temporary Employment May Be New Grads Only Option

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The job market right now is the grimmest it has been in twenty-five years, meaning that new college graduates will find the going difficult as they search for work this summer.  With a half dozen states now sporting double digit unemployment rates, the challenges for job seekers will be to locate those markets where job loss isn’t rampant.

temp jobFor the savvy job seeker — the person who is willing to work and think outside of the box — seeking temporary employment could be their best chance of finding work for the months ahead. Some grads will come to terms with the fact that most any job is better than no job and will choose something that will help to pay their bills.

If you are seeking temporary employment, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind including:

Agencies & Fees — These days, most agencies will not charge a placement fee for helping you to secure temporary employment. However, be on the lookout for companies who promise to get you a job but want your money up front. Times may be tough, but fees shouldn’t be charged for a temporary assignment.

Last In, First Out — Temporary workers are often the last people hired and the first people fired. You may be offered a position that will last for six months, but most companies reserve the right to terminate your services at any time. In a difficult economy temp workers are often quickly let go in order to preserve employment for permanent workers.

No Benefits — If you take a temporary assignment, you may not be eligible for any benefits. However, some of the larger, national temp agencies do offer benefits once you accumulate a certain amount of hours including paid time off, medical, dental and other services. In most cases you’ll be paid for the hours you work with and nothing more.

Temp to Perm — Though there isn’t any guarantee that a temporary position will turn into something permanent, you’re in the right place if you have your foot in the door. Twice in my career I had to take temporary employment and each time I was eventually offered a permanent position. Temp work allows you to “try before you buy” while it also gives the employer the chance to check you out. When hiring restarts, companies will often look at their pool of temporary workers first before going outside of the business.

Gain Valuable Work Experience

Just like a full time job, temporary employment can provide valuable experience which should be added to your resume. While your fellow grads are knocking on doors looking for permanent work, you can take a temporary position which will quickly allow you to earn some money and gain real world experience.

Adv. — Are you looking to further your education? Taking online courses can help you bring balance to your life, allowing you to work and take classes at a pace that is suitable for you. SayLearning has all of the tools you need to find the right courses for you from degreed programs to enrichment classes. You can plan your education strategy right online!

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