The Great Resignation has gotten all kinds of attention this year but there’s another side to the story not getting much notice:
How temp agencies are helping burned out Americans who have quit their low-paying, overly demanding gigs find new careers that are good for their pocketbooks and good for their minds, if not their souls.
As anyone who’s ever used a temp agency can tell you, the exposure gained to various fields cannot be beat.
Temping gives you the opportunity to see what different company cultures are like and what you prefer as an employee. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy sitting at a desk? Do you like working with the public?
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who decided they had had enough and are looking for a new way to earn an income, now is great time to discover what you’re good at and what you really want out of a job.
Consider, too, that there are at least 4 million job openings across the country and you can see why the advantage is with employees at the moment.
Beyond offering you exposure to new career fields, when you work with an agency, you come with a seal of approval and are well ahead of the applicant off the street.
Better still, the agency has taken the time to assess your interests and skills and can match them with the right employers.
Once you’re on the job as a temp, everyone gets to see everyone else in action. The employer gets a chance to see you shine. And you get a chance to assess the work and culture.
A temp job, not incidentally, may be the perfect way to offset some of the income you lost when you quit your job without having to return to full-time work.
You can pop in and out of the workforce as you like – or as your checking account dictates.