Posted by: deltadallas | June 11, 2010

The Truth about Temping

As a recruiter, I am always on the lookout for star candidates. At Delta Dallas, our team meets with a wide spectrum of candidates and we do our best to help them find a place to land. Candidates who lack experience, though, can be difficult to place.

A lot of inexperienced candidates come to our office with the expectation that we can place them in a permanent position right away, but for some this is unrealistic. If you are just beginning your career, if you have been out of the job market for a little while, or if you are looking to make a career change, immediate direct hire placement could be a challenge for you. Think about it for a moment. Clients pay recruiters a fee to find top-tier candidates for their job openings. They look to recruiters to find the most experienced, highly-skilled individuals available to them. If you look at this in light of the recent recession, you will also discover that employers are more reluctant to spend on new hires than they have been in the past. In addition, when employers do choose to hire, they are hiring for specific skill sets and high level of talent.

So what does all of this mean to an inexperienced candidate? Does it mean that you should put your tail between your legs and go home? No, of course not. It just means that perhaps your path to a permanent position may be longer than you had hoped it would be.

One of the options we ask our inexperienced candidates to consider is temporary work. Temporary work can give you exposure to a variety of employers and settings as you navigate the marketplace. Occasionally, if you are temping for a company another position within the company will open up. At that point, if you are a fit, and have done a good job for that employer, they could consider you for the open role. The benefits of temporary work for the inexperienced worker are many, but here are the top benefits you can consider as you are deciding whether temporary work is for you: 

  • Temping can keep your skills sharp while you are unemployed
  • When you are temping, you are making contacts with hiring authorities
  • Temping oftentimes becomes a path to a permanent position
  • If you are temping you are building relationship with the staffing firm that is sending you out
  • Your temp work is a great way to build references
  • Most temporary services offer some kind of insurance to their temporary employees

If you are looking for work, you probably are searching for a permanent position. As recruiters, we respect your need for that stability, and will do everything we can to help you as you begin your search. However, if you lack experience, you should consider temporary work as an additional path to permanent placement.

Dana Lee  is an Executive Recruiter for Delta Dallas. Reach her at dlee@deltadallas.com or  972-788-2300. You can also submit your resume online.

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