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Dr. Greg Ketchum, 7/10/04
Even though the economy is picking up I want
our viewers to keep the option open of taking
a temporary job. It can be a great choice
in uncertain economic times like these or
can even be a great lifestyle choice. Let’s
talk about some statistics and then the pro’s
& con’s of taking a temp job.
Let’s Look at Some Statistics
The largest employer
in the U.S. is Manpower, the temporary staffing
firm, and 20% of their growth is in placing
white collar workers in temp jobs.
- In 2003, Manpower placed 431,000 people
into temporary jobs in the US and had a temp-to-perm
hiring rate of about 40%, the industry average.
- Temp hiring is picking up faster than full-time.
The number of people who found work through
temp agencies increased 9.7% this March over
- There’s still uncertainty in the jobs picture
as only 120,000 jobs were created in June
instead of the expected 240,000. Some reluctance
The Pro’s of Taking
a Temp Job:
- Rise in temp-to-perm hiring, starting as
a “try out.” Foot in the door.
- Chance to “try” the company out and see
how you like it.
- Get to try consulting and see if you like
the idea of working for yourself.
- An opportunity to network and grow your
- Can still be out there looking for a job,
but now looking internally as well.
The Con’s of Taking
a Temp Job:
Little to no job security.
- Spotty availability of temp jobs.
- You’re an “outsider” and may be treated
- May not have access to internal job postings.
Even though the economy is picking up it’s still a
good strategy to consider a temp job as it can lead
to a full-time offer if you do your best and really
show the company your stuff. I’ve seen companies create
positions for really great people, so get out there
and give it your all. What have you got to lose?
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Gregory A. Ketchum, Ph.D.