Now is a Great Time to Consider a Contract or Temporary Position

April 2013

Many folks consider a temp or contract position somewhat of a step back in their career but I can honestly tell you there are great advantages to taking on this kind of opportunity.  Companies are more cautious about adding permanent staff and see this as a way for both sides to get to know each other.

Whether you are looking for your next move in finance, IT or an administrative role, don’t allow an overblown negative stigma dissuade you from jumping on a role with a great company.  Here are four things to consider giving you the confidence you need to make a move into a contract role…

1. Better Odds – Because others may hold a negative impression of a temp or contract role, you can improve your odds by putting your hat in the ring.  Many job candidates are wary of taking a contract or temporary position so they don’t even participate in the process. 

2. New Mode of Business – For better or for worse, contract roles are here to stay as a way for companies to meet their business needs and find talent.  With the high costs and complications of healthcare laws on the horizon, organizations will be more cautious before they bring on permanent staff. 

3. Proof is in the Pudding – When you are willing to engage in a contract or temp role you are showing your willingness to be flexible and a degree of confidence in your skills.  If you know you can do the job, you have the chance to showcase your talent directly to the folks that matter.

4. Keeping Your Options Open – Many candidates are worried that they can’t continue to hunt for a permanent role when accepting a contract assignment.  There is no reason to put your search on hold.  The company is leveraging flexibility and you should as well.  Be professional and always give a proper notice – even on a temp role.  You shouldn’t stop working toward your own best interests.  Don’t become complacent and make sure you take time to continue your search.


I want to encourage you to take the opportunity that lies within contract and temporary positions.  Don’t let dated stigmas discourage you.  You have the unique chance to add skills to your resume, network within a new circle and continue to build your personal brand - all while you are a free agent.  Plus, you never know, you might just get the job.