The demand for temporary and contract jobs across the globe, particularly in the banking industry or large corporations, is consistently growing. The volume and duration of temporary jobs has increased significantly as well. The reasons for which a company creates temporary jobs can be due to a number of reasons, such as leave coverage, ad hoc positions, project base assignments, FTE headcount constraints and so on.
If you enjoy a flexible work schedule and a varied work environment, temporary assignments might suit you. Temporary jobs are often popular amongst mothers who would like to spend time with their children, whilst on the other hand would still like to work part-time to ensure that they keep their skill sets active. Alternatively, students studying for a bachelor or master’s degree often choose to take up a temporary role in order to gain some work experience and earn some pocket money on the side of their studies.
Employed or unemployed
If you have been unemployed for several months, a temporary or contract job might ease your financial burden in the short run. Not only this, but getting back into the workforce will give your life meaning again and help you to feel more comfortable within yourself after months of stress. Even if it is only temporary, any job is usually better than no job, and being back in the working environment will give you access to the latest market information, whilst you’ll also get the chance to broaden your social life, which could potentially open you up to further opportunities in the future.
Taking on a temporary or contract job doesn’t mean you are a bad performer at work. Many of my candidates have in fact had their temporary roles converted to permanent roles after several months of contract work. This might work out as a faster track for you to get back into a FTE job rather than waiting for a permanent opportunity to arise.
In general, temporary or contract roles often have less strict requirements than permanent roles. For example, if you are interested in a particular permanent role but lack the experience, it is often very difficult for the client to consider hiring you for that particular role. The benefits of taking a temporary or contract role include helping you to develop a new skill set, which could be a stepping stone for your career, should you ever wish to switch from one career path to another.
Don’t be afraid to explore opportunities in temporary and contract openings. They might make you think differently and might open you up to new opportunities you may not have considered or encountered before. Ready for the next challenge? Contact one of our recruiters now.