Using temporary jobs as your way to successfully changing careers.
A great strategy for you to consider if you are considering a move to a new career is to work with temporary agencies. Temporary agencies are essentially contracted by a wide range of employers who are seeking help that may last anywhere from a few days, to a few weeks or even as as a year of more.
As the agencies receive requests for manpower from their customers, they search through their databases and match particular jobs with resumes that match the qualifications needed for a work assignment. The candidate then goes out on their own to perform the work, and receives paychecks for work done through the agency itself.
If you are still in school, temporary jobs can provide opportunities similar to internships. But since not all internships are paid, temping is a surefire way to get paid, while also building up a resume – when you don’t have a full-time job. Often times the temporary positions themselves become full-time opportunities.
At the very least however, the temporary job can certainly be a source of referrals. At the other end of the spectrum, citing the variety of jobs that are potentially always available, some have even made full-fledged careers out of temporary jobs. There are drawbacks such as being mismatched for assignments, no benefits, and being treated very impersonally by agencies, especially in larger cities.
Making a full-time career of temping can also mean less likelihood of being hired permanently. However, for some, interested in changing careers it can be a great way to build skills in an industry and career they want to break into.
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