I’ve recently learned that this perception is very outdated. In New York City recently, I sat down with Rebecca Cenni, CEO of Atrium Staffing, to talk about how the new kind of temporary worker is actually a mid-level professional who takes on a short-term consulting assignment in order to bolster her portfolio and fill in the employment gap while looking for a full-time job.
According to Rebecca, large and small organizations are increasingly turning to temporary workers as a way to mitigate the risk of hiring full-time employees in what is still considered a down economy. By working with what Rebecca calls an “applicant-centric” staffing agency, professionals at all levels can assess the market and their individual options.
For many, those options might include a 2 week-3 month short-term assignment at an established company that might be more difficult to break into as a full-timer. During the stint, their benefits would be paid by the staffing agency.
The question I’m sure you’re asking, though, involves how you can turn a temporary assignment into a full-time and more stable job.
Understand what you’re getting into
Unlike full-time employees, you will initially lack context regarding how you are expected to perform and why. To combat this, research the company ahead of your assignment and ask your staffing counselor or recruiter to tell you about how to get along in this particular culture.
Check out the full post on Intuit's Fast Track blog for more from Rebecca.