In times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, some companies temporarily close their doors to limit social distancing and adjust to the lack of in-person business; others are putting off hiring until things get back to normal. Not all businesses are experiencing a decline in business.
Online retailers, grocery stores, pharmacies, and delivery services are seeing a surge in demand, creating the need for temporary workers. The healthcare industry is in need of temporary healthcare professionals (also known as “Travelers”) to help with the influx of patients.
Temporary employees allow employers to have a flexible, scalable workforce used for many reasons. If an organization has staff out on family or medical leave, a temporary employee can fill in until the regular employee returns. Using temporary employees can demonstrate the value of additional staff and help organizations explore whether or not it should add “permanent” headcount. Those working temporary are often the first to receive a job offer. Many employers see using temporary staff as a way to “try out” a potential employee to make sure they fit the company culture before making a formal offer.
But why should you consider temporary employment? While working temporary may be part time or short term, temporary positions offer a number of advantages that can help your situation and even your career.
- Immediate opportunity for income. Yes, our federal government just passed expansion to unemployment benefits and if you were laid off and depending upon your last position; unemployment may be the way to go. In some cases your temporary job will pay more.
- Avoids gaps of employment on your resume. Temporary positions can fill in the work gaps on your resume and show a potential employer you are ready to work. You can confidently say, “I’ve been working temporary,” when asked what you’ve been doing since you left your last job.
- Gain new skills / work experience. Working temporary doesn’t mean “unskilled.” Many industries rely on highly skilled individuals to help their businesses operate. I’ve seen many individuals start a temporary assignment who end up being able to make a better career move and make a higher income because of what they learned by working temporary.
- Learn about a new industry and explore careers it offers. In my 25 years in the business, I’ve introduced people to an industry they didn’t know existed and wouldn’t have applied, had it not been for their temporary assignment.
- Meet hiring managers and recruiters who could introduce you to your next career. All it takes is for you to showcase your skills to have a key decision maker stop to introduce themselves because they want to know who you are. Many of my clients have served as advocates and references for my temporary employees.
- It feels good to go to work and help. There is something to be said about getting up, dressed, and ready for work, especially if you’ve been unemployed for a while. It can give you a psychological boost knowing you can get a job; you are earning a paycheck and helping an organization. In a world of COVID-19, you could be helping your community.
If you would like to learn more about how Celebrity Staff can help your organization with temporary staff or to explore the temporary work currently available, visit our website or call 800-910-7354.
Patty North, CPC, SPHR, Celebrity Staff General Manager
As the general manager of Celebrity Staff, a leading staffing and recruitment firm, Patty North has assisted organizations across a four-state region with the development and implementation of best practice strategies in the areas of talent acquisition and talent management. Her collective insight and expertise on workforce planning, garnered from her 19 years in the staffing industry, has enabled clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations to improve performance and gain a competitive advantage in their respective markets. Patty has served as an Advisory Board member of ICAN (Institute for Career Advancement Needs), is a past-president of the NE Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NAFCS), and has been a guest speaker at the University of Nebraska – Omaha on topics ranging from resume writing to interviewing. Patty has also been a guest presenter at Women’s Leadership Conference and break-out session presenter at the Nebraska State Human Resources Association annual conference.
In addition, Patty is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and has her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and Family Sciences.