For decades now, there has always been such an emphasis on securing ‘permanent’ work as opposed to ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’ work. Candidates are often worried that it reflects negatively on their resume being seen jumping from job to job.
However, that perception has had a massive shift in the past 5-10 years, with employers and employees being open to more flexible working arrangements, which temporary work provides.
From my experience in recruitment, there are many benefits to engaging in temporary contracts, for both the client and candidate. Below I have highlighted some of the more positives aspects to provide a more ‘glass half full’ view on contracting.
The most positive feedback we receive from candidates regarding contract work is the ability to have more flexibility in their workplace. I have had many candidates combine contract work with study, family and other commitments outside of work. Whether it be working flexible hours (not just 9-5), or working for a couple of weeks, then taking some time off before commencing a new contract, it provides you with a bit more work life balance that a permanent role may not.
If you have been working on similar projects or in the same environment for a long period of time, it can often become a bit monotonous. The ability to work on new & diverse range of projects, learn new concepts and work with a new group of people is often the change you need to reignite your interest.
If you are planning on heading away on a bit of holiday, but don’t quite have the flexibility, cashflow or annual leave accumulated in your current role, a contract position gives you the opportunity to be paid for every hour you work. Not only that, you are paid at an inflated rate due to the casual nature of the work.
See if it is truly your passion first. Have you always looked at a particular career or company and thought “I would love to give that a go”? Contracting gives you the opportunity to peruse those opportunities before fully committing to a permanent position.
The ability to be able to dip your toe in the water before diving in, provides you great flexibility in finding your true passion.