The Unexpected Benefits of Temporary Work

November 9, 2017

For candidates seeking short term work, and companies in need of interim resources, temporary work can be a flexible and responsive solution. But the advantages of temping go above and beyond the flexibility it offers – so what other benefits can you expect?

Maybe it’s a few days covering the front desk at a well-known company, a fortnight’s holiday cover in a busy office, or several months helping to clear a backlog on an intensive project.

For jobseekers, putting yourself forward for these assignments can help you to pay the bills while you explore medium and longer term options, but it can also offer you the following:


Experience & exposure

We’ve all heard the old adage: you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. Temping is an efficient way of gaining experience in your chosen field – or even branching out into a new one.

Just two or three temporary assignments can start to transform your CV, as being able to list professional company names in your experience instantly enhances your credibility.

Temping offers the opportunity to make contacts within different companies, expand your professional network, and impress key decision-makers along the way. You just never know when the person you helped might be looking for a permanent addition to their team…


Professional development

Often people are drawn to temporary work during times of transition, when they’re considering various options following their studies, career breaks, relocation or a decision to change paths. Temping lets you try out the different possibilities available to you, not just in terms of roles and positions but the size, sector and culture of organisation that suits you best.

Taking a temporary position within a company can also give you an idea of other roles that you could work towards. As an Administrative Assistant, for instance, you might find yourself working as part of a team specialising in HR, Change, Finance or Marketing – and you will be much better placed, from the inside, to consider making a similar move yourself.


Personal development

Going into a variety of companies as a temporary worker, often at short notice, will give you valuable practice in terms of getting up to speed quickly, learning on the job, adapting to new systems and processes, and honing your workplace social skills.

It will also help you to keep a routine and a daily focus, so that you maintain your all-important self-confidence. It might take a while before you find a permanent job that’s a perfect fit for your skills and objectives, and so it’s incredibly valuable in the meantime to keep busy, motivated and involved in the world of work.

At times, job seeking can be a somewhat isolating experience. Temporary work ensures that you continue to meet new people, with the opportunity to become part of a community of like-minded temps, and potentially to make new friends for life!


At Time Recruitment, we welcome applications from experienced, enthusiastic and motivated administration candidates who are keen to gain varied experience on a flexible basis. We handle temporary contracts for some of the most impressive companies across Scotland, and we love playing a part in establishing these mutually rewarding relationships.

If you are interested in and available for temporary employment please forward your CV and short covering letter, mentioning this blog, to office@timerecruitment.co.uk


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