The benefits of temping
How can you make it work for you?
People temp for a variety of reasons, and for many working in this way it is a smart career choice. So what are the benefits of temping?
Try before you buy
If you're not sure which exact career path to follow, temping in a variety of roles and organisations can give you exposure to different ways of working, different skills and different job roles you may have a preference for. You might know the rough area you want to work in, but temping gives you a chance to try it out before signing a permanent contract.
Variety of work
For many people, one of the biggest benefits of temping is the variety; to see new faces and try new things every so often is a big factor in their career choices. If you're one of those people who likes to engage with new people frequently, without necessarily committing for a long period of time, then temping could be the way to go for you.
Work when you want
Flexibility is also a key benefit of temping – you can pick and choose your own breaks between assignments, and just let your recruiting agent or consultant know when you're free and able to work. Depending on your situation, you may be looking for work at certain times of year, and temporary contracts are great for filling in those times when you would like to work. Just make sure you're very clear with your consultant about your availability, so they know exactly when to put your forward for roles, and so they can rely on you to complete the duration of the booking.
The majority of temporary roles are paid on a weekly basis, so are very good if you'd rather have smaller amounts of money coming in regularly than wait for a larger sum at the end of each month.
Filling in gaps between other engagements
For whatever reason, you may be finishing one job or course, and not have anything else lined up for a few weeks or months. So if you have a gap of time where you'll either have limited income or nothing else to do, temping can be very good for filling that time. It also looks great on a CV if you can show you are proactive in finding work in between engagements, rather than just waiting for the next opportunity to arrive.
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