Companies, particularly those that made deep cuts during the downturn, are now being more strategic and cautious about adding staff. Temporary professionals are often engaged when an employer is unsure whether new business exists to warrant a full-time hire. If business conditions do support hiring, then project professionals are often the first ones considered for these roles.
If you’ve been searching for an accounting or finance job to no avail, you may want to think about exploring temporary work through a specialized staffing firm. Working as a project professional enables you to keep your skills sharp, stay productive, earn an income and broaden your experience and professional network.
Despite the many benefits of working as an interim employee, misconceptions have kept some job seekers from looking into this option. Here, we set the record straight about four prevalent temping myths:
Myth #1: “Temporary assignments are only for low-level roles.”
Fact: Temporary employees work in virtually every industry for organizations of all sizes. Temporary positions are available for myriad roles at all levels, from billing clerk to chief financial officer. No matter what position you seek, a staffing firm can likely help you locate temporary or consulting opportunities.
Myth #2: “Temping doesn’t pay well.”
Fact: Compensation for many temporary roles is on par with the pay of salaried employees. In fact, candidates with the most in-demand skills can actually earn more than their full-time counterparts. In addition, the best staffing firms offer access to medical, life and disability insurance, as well as dental, vision and prescription coverage. Some staffing companies even offer vacation/holiday pay, length-of-service awards, and tuition reimbursement.
Myth #3: “There’s a fee to register with a staffing firm.”
Fact: Staffing organizations receive assignments from their client companies and then locate the right accounting and finance candidates to fill those needs. The company — not you — pays the staffing firm.
Myth #4: “Temporary work hurts my prospects of getting hired on a permanent basis.”
Fact: Now more than ever, employers want assurances that a new hire will be a perfect fit. As a result, more businesses are using temporary assignments as an audition of sorts. A standout performance during your time temping or consulting can put you in a good position to stay on longer-term — or permanently. In fact, in a survey by the American Staffing Association, 80 percent of client companies polled said staffing firms offer a good way to find people who can become full-time employees.
Accountemps is the world’s first and largest temporary staffing service specializing in the placement of accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company has more than 360 offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at www.accountemps.com.