If you have been out of the job market for an extended period of time due to unemployment, child care, or an illness, the temporary job market is a great way to get back into the business environment and reboot your career.
The end of the year is usually a busy time for companies due to deadlines or increased holiday demands. In order to keep up, companies will utilize contract employees to fill their temporary jobs.
Many people think of retail when it comes to seasonal or temporary employment opportunities. However, most industries engage in some level of contract hiring. For example:
- Accounting firms bring in project-based employees to help with collections or balancing the books for year-end reporting, as well as upper level financial employees who are needed for forecasting and processing.
- The holidays are also a boom for logistic companies as evidenced by the increased number of UPS and FedEx trucks on the road. There is an entire “behind-the-scenes” structure that moves packages and products from one place to another and requires extra personnel to remain efficient during periods of high demand. Logistics companies hire employees within the warehousing, brokerage, management and administrative fields to work through the holiday rush.
- Administrative roles also become available as employees take time off for the holidays. Companies still need to function while their employees are out of the office, so they hire temporary employees to fill the void. Candidates with office experience can be placed in a variety of fields including reception, administrative support, accounting or human resources.
In order to fill their temporary positions, companies turn to staffing agencies for support. To become aware of openings, register with a staffing agency that specializes in the industry that you are interested in. They have access to a variety of open positions and can find opportunities for you that align with your experience, skills, education and interests.
However you rejoin the market, know that contract positions are a great opportunity to expand your experience and fill gaps on your resume.