Contract work is a great way to earn a paycheck. Whether you’re having trouble finding your dream job, working to switch careers, or don’t want to be tied down to a permanent position right now, this type of employment pays the bills in the interim. Not only that, temporary employment can be an invaluable learning experience.
If you’ve never ventured into this type of work before, you might be a bit leery. There’s plenty of false information out there about temporary jobs, so here’s a few of the top myths debunked.
5 Common Misconceptions About Contract Work
You Won’t Be Able to Continue Your Job Search
It’s easy to assume accepting a temporary position will make it hard to continue your search for a permanent role, but that isn’t the case. Chances are, your recruiter will already know about your plans, but if not, keep them in the loop. Not only will they help you find opportunities that meet your needs, they’ll work with your employer to make sure you’re granted time off for interviews.
Of course, it’s also very common for outstanding temps to be offered a permanent position at the end of their contract. If that’s something you’re interested in, talk to your recruiter to see if it’s a possibility.
It Will Look Bad on Your Resume
Generally speaking, job hopping is frowned upon by employers, but contract work is different. Hiring managers understand this type of work comes with an expiration date, so it won’t be held against you.
If you’re working with a staffing firm, you’ll list the agency as your employer and your contract assignments beneath it on your resume. Otherwise, simply note these positions as contract roles, so hiring managers understand the nature of the job.
You’ll Be an Outsider on the Team
Job seekers often think they’ll be viewed as an outcast if they accept a temporary job, but there’s no truth to that. In most cases, employees are excited to welcome contractors, because they lighten their workload.
As with any work situation, you’re behavior guides your destiny. If you make an effort to assimilate into the company culture and bond with your peers, you’ll likely be welcomed to the team with open arms.
Jobs Are Only for Manual Labor
Let’s be clear — temporary work is available in just about every industry. No matter what type of job you’re searching for, you should be able to find something relevant in contract form. The idea that you can’t find professional jobs of this nature is nothing but a myth.
You Won’t Get Benefits
Many people seek full-time jobs exclusively, because they think it’s the only way to get benefits — i.e., medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k), and life insurance. Just as with permanent jobs, some contract work comes with benefits and some doesn’t. Many staffing firms offer contractors an attractive benefits package, so work with an agency that meets your needs.
Contingent workers add a ton of value to the team, but hiring them involves a lot of paperwork.
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