Guest Author - Dianne Walker
While most workers feel more productive working in a permanent job, there are just as many who, for some reason or other, do not like the constrictions of having a regular job to report to every day. For these individuals, receiving and working assignments through temporary agencies is as close to a real job they care to venture.
Why work as a permanent temp?
There are many benefits to working as a permanent temporary worker. First, temping provides a wide variety of new skills to learn. It allows you to build a library of knowledge you might not obtain working for the same employer day in - day out. Learning new skills allows you to increase your marketability. This increase in knowledge and skills will allow you to command higher rates as you continue to work as a temp.
Second, temping allows for a great deal of flexibility in your personal life. The ability to work where and when you want is as easy as accepting or turning down a temporary assignment. This gives you freedom to plan your schedule for other activities that you may be interested in participating in.
Finally, you get to network with a wide variety people.
Impressions are still important
Even if you are working as a permanent temp, certain factors are still important. Unless you take jobs in factories or other such industries, image is still important. You still need to pay particular attention to the company dress code. The company you are assigned to should still be treated as if it were your permanent job. Do a poor job for a client, and you may find that your offers of temporary employment will dry up quickly.
Get to work on time, Complete all assignments timely and accurately. If you do a good job, companies will start to request you for their positions. This will provide steady income.
What about benefits?
Medical and/or dental insurance are important. One small accident can wipe out entire savings. Some temporary agencies will offer medical insurance for their temporary workers that maintain a certain number of hours. If insurance is not available through the temporary agency, insurance carriers offer individual plans.
While some may feel that a permanent position is the best job to have, there is something to be said for working as a permanent temporary employee. Flexible hours and a variety of new skills to learn are all important benefits to consider when contemplating permanent temp work.