There is a general misconception among people that good paying temporary jobs are hard to come by. It couldn’t be more untrue. Having been closely associated with the upper rung working of a staffing agency, we can vouch for the fact that the demand for temporary jobs is constantly increasing as we speak.
And it’s not just low paying jobs in Walmart or Pizza Hut. Leading industries like health care, graphic design, legal, e-commerce and IT are now seeking employees on short term contracts
This makes it the perfect time for freelancers and even teenagers to grab weekend jobs or temporary jobs that can add supplementary income and even chip in towards their long term debts like education loans.
According to a report by Venturebeat, more than 70,000 temporary workers were hired by Amazon in the past year to cater to their holiday season sales.
The American Staffing Association also confirms that the demand for temp workers has surged by as much as 50%.
The only possible challenge that someone may face is not being able to know how to land good paying temporary jobs. And that’s where we step in.
Here are some tips to help you improve your chances of getting good paying weekend jobs and also of converting it into a full time job once you land it.
- Start networking: The first and most important step is to know where the high paying weekend jobs are. Start tapping into your contacts and look for word-of-mouth referrals. Speak to your ex-colleagues, co-workers, friends, relatives and even your ex-bosses if need be. Log on to job portals, craigslist and just about any job board where companies post temp job requirements. There’s certainly no dearth of options here.
- Contact temporary staffing agencies: There are agencies that specialize in staffing for temporary jobs. Contact such agencies. Some of the popular ones are Spherion and Kelly services. But there are a lot more that you can post your resume with. A simple Google search will give you enough options. Look for ‘temporary staffing agencies’
- Understand the requirements: Different temporary jobs have different educational as well as skill requirements. Not all of them need a four year college degree. But some of them do. So ensure that you apply only for jobs that you qualify for. Else the chances of you landing the job are slim. Sometimes, temporary jobs can be as good as a permanent opening and if the requirement is a short term course, then you can consider doing the course to better your chances of landing the job.
- Present yourself: Many temp job requirements demand flexibility from the employee and the job profile is not a fixed one. You may need to handle deliveries or even speak to customers if need be. Demonstrate in your resume that you are flexible. If you are have prior experience in multiple capacities in a job opening, ensure that you mention it.
- Know your employer: You can be rest assured that you will be competing against a lot of people for weekend jobs. So, to better your chances of landing the job, ensure that you do your homework about the employer. Know as much as you can about the company. What do they do? Who are their competitors? What are their values? What is the code of conduct? This will also show that you are proactive and willing to go the extra mile to get the job. Employers prefer proactive employees and this also increases your chances of landing a permanent job with the employer when the opportunity arises.
- Go beyond what’s expected: One of the easiest ways to stand out from a crowd is to go beyond what is expected of you. Be it additional work hours, projects or tasks that are not expected of you, be willing to accept it as long as it is not burdening you beyond your ability. This shows your flexibility and also helps you gain brownie points in the eyes of an organization.
- Make an attempt to blend in: Don’t behave like a temporary employee who’s only there for a few hours and is not serious about the job. Blend in with the permanent employees of the organization whenever you get a chance. If they need help, offer it. Sometime, permanent employees do not open up towards temp employees. But with time, they will and this will also reflect against your record in the organization when you look for a permanent opening with them.
According to a report by Manpower, who are one of the largest temporary staffing agencies, almost 30% of the placements made by them are able to convert it into a full time opening.
Even if you are not in it for the long run and you are just looking for weekend jobs until you get out of college, going the staffing agency route ups your chances of getting an internship position in reputed organizations as opposed to mom and pop outfits.
Last but not the least; here’s a list of the best temporary jobs that are trending in 2015.
- Accountants: Skilled and experienced accountants for payroll related jobs are highly sought after
- Software programmers/developers: Every industry from e-commerce to Information tech are looking for temporary software programmers
- Delivery boys: Be it drivers for delivering food or delivery boys for retail portals, it is expected to be one of the fastest growing weekend jobs in the world.
- Graphic designer: The internet is booming offering plethora of job options for graphic designers.
- Content writers: There is a staggering demand for skilled content writers who can also double up as proofreaders or editors.
- Digital marketers: Digital marketing is one of the most popular temporary jobs in the world. Anyone who has a good knowledge about the latest SEO protocols can work part time as a digital marketer.
- Health aides: Are you a skilled nurse looking for some additional income on weekends? Assisted living facilities are constantly looking for health aides who can help elderly residents with their everyday activities.