Why temporary employment can be a win-win

Many of you who have gotten the axe often discover that your kind of fulltime position has vanished. That’s why temporary employment is a good option.

You’re familiar with the same old story: You  probably lost your job because companies have been shrinking their current fulltime staffs through downsizings. Those companies then surround fulltime employees with part-time workers.

It used to be that companies hired temps only fill-in just for clerical and unskilled workers. Today, employers are hiring managers, accountants, lawyers, and engineers for temp jobs. As a matter-of-fact, professional people are the fastest growing category of part-time workers.

For some of you a part time job with a company could be as good as it gets. Although you know you’ve been hired for just several months, you’ve been told that if you do a good job you’ll be put on the payroll fulltime.

Take that with a grain of salt. A large percent of temp workers do get fulltime positions. But keep this in mind: companies want to keep much of their staff as temporary workers. That’s why temporary employment can be a win for bot you and the company that brings you aboard as a temp.

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RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach and author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach: How to Find a Job and Manage Your Career While Coping With The Hassles of It all.”

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.