5 Reasons To Explore Opportunities in Temporary Work

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Today is national opportunities day, and what’s a more perfect opportunity than a new job? When we start the job search for a new opportunity, most of us focus on getting that perfect full-time role, usually a 40-hour week that comes with benefits like retirement plans, healthcare, and since the pandemic, a hybrid or remote way of working (job role dependent of course). However, whether you’re just starting on your career ladder, fancy a career change or simply looking for a new opportunity; temporary work can be an excellent option for gaining experience or getting your ‘foot in the door’ in a desired industry, and potential full-time employment further down the line. There are many advantages to temporary work, however, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 reasons to explore opportunities in temporary work.

5 Reasons to explore opportunities in temporary work

Trying out different roles to see what suits you

If you’ve just graduated from university and haven’t got your life planned out yet, or aren’t sure what your next steps are, or you just fancy a career change and want to explore different industries – temporary work can be the next logical step. It allows you to dabble in different industries and roles, without having a long-term commitment, the perfect ‘try before you buy’ solution. You will also be able to see what work hours, management style and work culture would suit you. Whether you’re a night owl who would prefer a night shift or a person that wakes with the sun there’s a shift pattern that will suit you.

Flexible & Frequent

Did you know that job seekers look for flexibility as one of their top priorities? Working in a temporary position allows for more flexibility because the majority of these roles are paid hourly and have various shift patterns. If your temporary work assignment is roughly 20-25 hours per week, you also have more spare time to be with family and friends, start a hobby, or just sit back and relax compared to a typical 40-hour work week. Temporary work opportunities are always available in many industries from manufacturing, logistics, office work, or food production, so even if you’ve worked in a particular industry before and it wasn’t your cup of tea, there are still plenty of others you can try out.

Bridging the gap

Whether you’ve left your last position or been affected by layoffs, temporary work can be the ideal solution to bridging the gap between your last role and you’re next steps into full-time employment. You can include your temporary work experience on your CV and LinkedIn profiles which can help fill any employment gaps you may get questioned about in interviews.

Insight into a company/ industry

A temporary work opportunity lets you find out more about an industry and the particular company you work for. You’ll be able to see elements of the company environment; the work culture, the tone set by management, and the team you work alongside. If you like what you see, you can always keep an eye out for permanent employment opportunities, or become a star worker that the company simply doesn’t want to get rid of. However, if it’s not for you, and it’s not an industry you’d like to venture into long-term, then at least you’ve found that out before diving into a full-time, regular employee position.

Potential for permanent employment opportunities

Many temporary roles have the potential for full-time positions, it just depends on you. If you prove yourself to be an effective, reliable worker who is motivated to work with the company and maintain high performance, it won’t go unnoticed, and hiring managers will be more likely to consider you for internal permanent roles when they open up. Temporary roles can be the ideal ‘foot in the door’ opportunity for you to get industry knowledge and experience and make sure it’s the right fit for you and the company. At Oliver Rae, we have many success stories of candidates who started in temporary roles and were promoted to a long-term position within just a few months.

Temporary Work with Oliver Rae

Temporary work is usually done through recruitment agencies, and can sometimes be a numbers game. That isn’t us. At Oliver Rae we make it our mission to get to know our candidates and find what’s right for both them and our clients. We love what we do and will go above and beyond to make sure you’re happy in your new role. But don’t just take our word for it, take a look a what Heidi had to say about finding temporary work with us.

“Got to be the best agency I have been with. I phoned whilst I was looking for a job within 20 minutes I had registered with Oliver Rae, visited their office and had an interview arranged with their client. I was in a role the following day. After being in that role for over 12 weeks the company no longer needed me so Oliver Rae placed me into another manufacturing plant. The wages are always on time and have no problems. They treat you with the upmost respect, like a human who actually works for them and not another number on their books. Would recommend them to anyone who is looking for work.”

Press Operator / Spot Welder

You can also check out our job seeker testimonials and see how Oliver Rae can help you find the right job that suits you.