The Benefits of Taking a Temp Role Right Now
- July 25, 2020
Are you one of the thousands of people looking for work due to a change in circumstance because of Covid-19?
If so, we can help.
The official figures show that 649,000 fewer people are employed now than were pre-Covid, with numbers set to rise over the coming months.
Many employees have been furloughed by their employers, being left in limbo until October, others are unsure if their jobs will even be there to go back to.
It has been a worrying and challenging time for everyone who has been affected by the pandemic. And yet there is help and options available for individuals looking for employment right now.
Lots of employees in the U.K. are now making use of temporary employment and contract work; in this article, we look at the benefits of taking a temp position right now, and critically how to land a role you’ll enjoy.
An Increase in Temp Roles – More Opportunities
With an increase in demand, there has been a fortuitous rise in temp jobs since the lockdown was imposed, highlighting the uncertainty in the current job market.
The number of temporary jobs rose by 148,900 from May to June, to create a total of 2.2 million temp roles in the U.K.
After large parts of the country were closed down entirely by the government-imposed restrictions, we entered the first stages of a recession as GDP fell for the first time in several years.
Now the country is opening up again, we see an increase in job opportunities. The country is bouncing back as predictions had hoped.
The pandemic has caused many people to evaluate their careers. A recent survey found in HR Director shared that 20% of people have realised that their current role isn’t for them, with half (50%) of all respondents stating that they plan to change jobs within the next two years.
So where does that leave individuals looking for temp roles right now?
Let me share some recruiting knowledge about the benefits of temp roles and how to take advantage of the job market as it currently stands.
The Benefits of Taking a Temp Role Now
Temporary employment might not be your first choice. Still, there are many benefits associated with taking a temp role, especially in the current climate; and remember that the flexibility of temporary contracts doesn’t only benefit employers.
Many organisations are currently offering temporary contracts for employees to see them through the next few months. If you are currently unemployed, this could be an excellent opportunity to explore different career options or try something you have always wanted to explore.
Temp roles tend to offer more flexibility, so you can choose one where the hours fit around your personal life. You can treat a temp role as a trial run for a new career direction; you might love it and want to continue to look for employment in this sector after your temp contract finishes, or you may realise this isn’t the right path for you.
You will gain experience fast in a new role; you will learn valuable skills to strengthen your CV and show that you are dedicated and hard-working to future prospective employers.
Contrary to popular belief, temporary workers get the same right and benefits as permanent workers; a good recruiter specialising in temp work will be able to help you to understand your temporary contract.
As I mentioned earlier, career changes are happening up and down the country – there has never been a better time to explore new career opportunities than right now.
How to Impress in Your Temp Role
Many employers will advertise temp-to-perm roles, where the position will become permanent for the right candidate. Of course, given the current situation, these roles could occur less frequently.
But the truth is that organisations always need great talented employees, pandemic or not – so bear in mind the following tips when looking for a temp or a temp-to-perm role:
- Cater your CV to the temp roles you are interested in applying for – this easy task will make employers take you far more seriously.
- Think of your temp assignment as an extended interview – if you get taken on initially for a period of a few weeks, show up every day and give your best.
- Always look the part – you will be taken more seriously by management.
- Keep your eyes open for where you can help other team members – being a team player is an essential skill and one that will get you noticed.
- Complete all of your work to a high standard – bringing the attitude of ‘its only a temp role’ into your work will not do you any favours.
- Finally – be sure to work with a reputable recruitment agency that will find you your desired position; check out their website, testimonials and get to know them before you decide to work with them.
Managers are always on the lookout for employees who will add value to their organisation, and impressing as a temp is a great way to increase your permanent job prospects.
Finding the ‘Right’ Temp Role
We understand that the job market can feel strange and competitive right now.
At Clayton Recruitment, we are helping candidates find the temp roles they need right now – and we can help you too.
We help candidates across the North West find the temp roles that can fit in with their current circumstances, and around their family lives.
We offer expert free career consultancy too, so if you want to speak to someone about a temp role or your next career move, call us on 01772 259121 or contact us here.
About Clayton Recruitment
Clayton Recruitment has been partnering with organisations across the country since 1989, and during that time has built up an excellent reputation for trust and reliability.
With specialist divisions covering Commercial, Financial, Industrial and Engineering appointments, on both a permanent and temporary basis. If you are looking for your next career move, we can help. Call us on 01772 259 121 or email us here.