There are still a lot of people out of work today. It’s a challenging time for many of us. If you’re looking for work, some of your best options may be to take a temporary job. Here are a few reasons why this could be a good option for you, particularly if you’re still receiving unemployment benefits or they’re about to end.
Benefits of Temporary Work
These days, temporary work may be your best option. The economy is tumultuous and many companies remain uncertain about the need for full-time workers. As the economy improves, this makes it more likely that these firms will seek to add temporary contract workers to their rosters overtaking on the risk of full-time employees. The benefit for you is that many of these companies have an option to make these roles permanent. If you can get in as a temp worker, you will be at the top of the list if and when the company hires full-time.
There are psychological perks that extend beyond the benefits of a steady paycheck. If you’ve been unemployed, the truth is that this can get very depressing. Taking a part-time or a temporary role can give you a reason to get out of bed in the mornings. Everyone wants to feel a sense of purpose and getting back to work, even in a temp job, can give you a much-needed emotional boost at a time when so many things feel uncertain.
Having a job is always better than no job. First of all, it’s true that it’s easier to find a job when you’re working in a job. There is a certain stigma that employers feel if they see a resume with large unemployment gaps. A temporary job fills those holes in your resume nicely. Even if the temporary job has no bearing on your prior career, most HR teams will look more favorably on you if you haven’t been “on the dole” for a drawn-out period of time.
The other consideration is that your unemployment benefits will simply not last forever. Many states offer up to 26-weeks of unemployment, although six provide fewer. Only one offers more. There are some extended federal benefits; however, these stop at the end of 2020.
But unemployment rarely provides the same level of income as a regular paycheck. Another big problem right now is that many state unemployment offices are overwhelmed. The Washington Post reported this summer that unemployed Americans have been waiting for weeks on checks that simply haven’t arrived. Tens of thousands of people have been furloughed or laid-off from some of the nation’s largest companies. Today, these are all compelling reasons to take a temporary job.
If you can partner with an employment agency specializing in your work line, that temporary role could also help build your resume and teach you new skills. Carrying on with your career path during a pandemic is difficult but necessary. Contract work can keep your skills sharp in addition to adding you valuable experience to your CV. It can also network you with a variety of new people and new companies, and these days, networking is still the best way to find a new job.
PrideStaff can help you find temporary work that will give you all of these benefits and more. Talk with our team today to find out how we can help get you back to work.