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Temporary work is on the increase, so how can you turn your hand to temporary employment? Clive Davis of Robert Half, discusses the benefits of working as a temporary employee and how you should tackle your job search as a temp.

Temporary workers on the increase

Part-time workers make up nearly a third of the British workforce. Many businesses are turning to temporary employees – including interim, part-time and freelance workers – to fulfil their staffing needs. Temporary employment has also become an appealing career choice for many individuals, who leverage the opportunities available and make short-term positions work for them.

Organisations are now recognising the need to re-evaluate their staffing situation and plan for the future. The most recent Robert Half CFO Confidence Index, a survey of 180 UK chief finance officers, found that nearly two thirds (63%) of finance directors indicated that they would continue to use the same number of temporary workers, with 17% looking to increase this number. Cost effectiveness (24%) and cover for a key open position (22%) were cited as the biggest benefits of using the temporary workforce. For many finance chiefs, temporary employees also come with skills that are not currently available in their team and are an effective way of managing increasing workloads.

How can I work as a temporary employee?

This demand for temporary employees is a fantastic chance for jobseekers to get a foot in the door and can have significant advantages compared with permanent positions. Autonomy, flexibility and variety are just some of the advantages of this type of work, as well as giving you invaluable experience for future permanent roles. However, there are bound to be questions you may have – what do I do differently as a temporary employee? Should I broaden my skill set? Will I still receive benefits?

Firstly, it’s important to remember that temporary employment provides the opportunity to work when and wherever you want, and can sometimes lead to pay rates that are higher than those in permanent positions. However, being adaptable is key to this style of working, as you’ll constantly be coming into contact with new teams and environments that you’ll need to fit in with easily.

Benefits of being a temp

Temporary employees can also benefit from new and exciting career prospects for the future, as it’s likely that you’ll meet a lot of new contacts over time, and you can often find a permanent position through networking with those you work with. Additionally, many are able to go on to long-term roles at the companies they originally started working at.

Added skills and experience by working across a variety of environments can also boost your CV and this that can make all the difference between you and another candidate in the future if you do decide to look for a permanent job.

Tackling your temporary job search

With so many looking to temporary employment, it’s important that you make your CV stand out from the crowd. Instead of just listing your job skills, describe the outcomes of your performance for each assignment to date, with an emphasis on your recent achievements, especially if they relate to how you have saved time, money and helped increase the bottom line.

Far from being transient and unfulfilling, the temporary working world can provide a wealth of opportunity and reward for your future career, enabling you to broaden your depth of experience and take control of how you work, whether you’re in between permanent roles or looking to tackle temping on a lasting basis.

Clive Davis

By Clive Davis

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