In 2021, while the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact businesses, millions of workers across the United States left their jobs in what was dubbed the “Great Resignation.” A variety of reasons for people leaving their current jobs have been offered, including stress, rethinking careers, focusing on family, and better pay or financial security. Hang on to that resignation letter, though, however tempting it may be to walk out the door (or permanently sign off from your home office computer). Temporary or part-time employment can open new career doors, or simply add to your household income, while you remain secure in your current full-time job.
Temporary jobs can last from a few weeks to a full year, and you wouldn’t be alone in using the opportunity to explore options or improve household income. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 4 million Americans had a full-time primary job while also holding down a part-time job in 2021.
Whatever your reasons, temporary staffing agencies can match your goals to available opportunities in today’s volatile employment landscape.
Temporary jobs can be an excellent opportunity to learn about different jobs and how to perform a variety of responsibilities. They can also offer the chance to experience different companies to decide what characteristics you prefer in an employer. You can try something new and find out what you like and don’t like. You may find something you really like that you never thought you’d enjoy at all.
If you are hired or contracted by a staffing agency, you can specify the type of jobs you’ll work based on your qualifications. This process can make finding a temporary job quicker because the staffing agency does most of the work. They contact you when there is a job opening that matches your criteria, and you can then choose if you accept the position. With LGC, you have access to a mobile app that allows you to browse our available shifts, which makes finding a temporary job even easier.
Why choose a temporary job?
Sometimes, temporary positions convert to full-time, permanent roles. Temporary jobs can be useful for those who prefer a shorter-term commitment, or who wish to try out different jobs before deciding on a long-term career.
When you choose temporary work, you decide when and where you take a position. Oftentimes, temporary jobs can provide more flexibility than direct hire because you can change your work circumstances frequently, depending on the duration of each position you accept. You can accept or decline any job assignments that are offered. If something doesn’t fit your schedule or doesn’t sound like something you’d like, you can wait until a better offer arrives.
When you find a temporary job you enjoy, it might be possible to turn that role into a long-term career because some companies convert temporary employees to permanent hires. You might also look for long-term roles in a particular field once you’ve learned more about it through your temp experience.
The old maxim is that the best time to look for a new job is while you already have one. Temporary staffing agencies can help you earn that extra income in a part-time role or even discover what comes next.
LGC will help you find a great temporary (or permanent!) position for job seekers looking for a flexible opportunity. Contact us today to learn more.