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Temporary workers, what’s in it for you?

Who needs a permanent job – working on a temp or contract basis has many benefits and can be a great experience no matter what stage you’re at in your career. BrightStar manager Emma outlines what a short term gig can offer you and your career.

1 – Get your foot in the door “Never, ever underestimate the power of the temp job. I have lost count of the many temps that I’ve come across that were placed and have gone on to be full time members of their assignment companies” Says Emma. “After working closely with managers and colleagues for 3, 6 or more months and integrating as a member of the team, companies will often make a role full-time or go out of their way to do everything possible to find a placement where the temp can excel”. It’s also a great chance for you to test-drive potential bosses and companies, which brings us to our second point…

2 – Grow a killer network – Being a temp means you get to meet a huge variety of people across many sectors. “A shrewd temp will constantly be increasing their networks and staying in touch”. Not only are you exposed to a variety of industries that you might not have immersed yourself in before but as Emma explains “… star performers are constantly invited back, whether it’s to cover another contract within the company or offering a full time role. It is not unusual to see repeat requests for our top temps over and over again.”

3 – Skills – Being a temp isn’t for wimps! “It takes a lot of energy emotionally and mentally to start a new job – you need to learn names and figure out the pecking order – – A temp will often have to do this several times a year, thus acquiring a natural intelligence and sensitivity for this. The variety of the roles means it’s a great way to keep your skills sharp too. You definitely avoid the risk of becoming stagnant skill-wise in your work”. Get out of your comfort zone and lead projects, work with the C-suite or be involved in pitch presentations – all these things are vital for professional development.

4 – Money – It’s simple. “Contract roles often pay more, but what really makes the difference is the completion bonus that we pay our temps at the end of their contract. This is to show appreciation to highly skilled employees for sticking with the role and not bailing for another offer.

Are you temp-ted (see what we did there?)? Check out all of our open roles here

By Emma Anglim, BrightStar Manager, Ireland @emmaanglim

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