Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Career building through temping.

Do we like being controversial? We seek for attention (what blogger doesn't?), but not "THAT" much, if you know what we mean. Okay, we're desperate...desperate for conversation, but given that it comes with keeping a writing job, there's nothing wrong with us, right? We mean, we're not crazy?

Anyway, although we're careful, we DO cause stirs once in a while. Granted, we haven't caused trouble for quite some time now, but the fact that we've been labeled as misunderstanding stirrers on a Linkedin group once remains. Now you remember. This was the culprit:

Would you consider contract jobs?

Boy, those days we're tough, answering inquiries from career professionals (angry ones) and all. It's been almost a year and we feel bad for not having made up for the trouble yet. Guess we have to do it now (or else you'd get mad more)? Heh. We're just kidding.

It's just that we're scheduled to talk about temp jobs and contract jobs today. Who wouldn't remember the history behind that post? If it's still fresh in your memory banks, then how do you think it goes for us?

Anyway, in case you haven't realized still, sg.jobsdb.com keeps a couple of career articles about contract and temp positions under Career Advice at sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerIndex. Such jobs are often mislabeled as "unstable", but the truth is, they're great career boosters.

Currently job hunting? You might want to look into the option of temping for a change. Some reasons why you should, as suggested by expert authors:

Benefit of Temping at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/benefitof-temping.htm?ID=312
Author: Jays Nithiyanandan, Director Business Trends of Personnel Consulting Group

Temping is an invaluable training opportunity. It enables you to grow and develop. You may be able to pick up on the latest software or computer skills. You may gain valuable work experience that would add value to your career. Different companies and industries have different things to teach you however you need to have a keen interest in your duties before you'll learn anything.

About Temp Staff in Singapore at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/about-temp-staff.htm?ID=315
Author: Sam Haggag, General Manager of Manpower Staffing Services (S) Pte Ltd

Absolutely, employees can improve their skill and vary their experience by taking on temporary assignments which will broaden their sphere of experience making their skills more marketable.

Not "Just a Temp" at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Career%20Guide?ID=414
Author: Vicki S. Steere, President and founder of CareersColorado.com

Today's competitive environment encourages companies to utilize a more flexible workforce, and temporary employment is a part of that. For the employee, working temporary assignments can be intimidating. While it can be like having the first day on the job jitters day in and day out, the experience will also add to an employee's marketability in the workplace.

Say Yes to Contracting at http://sg.jobsdb.com/SG/EN/Resources/JobSeekerArticle/Career%20Guide?ID=414

Here are more reasons why the job seeker should say "yes" to contracting:

* It opens the door to a new industry or a new profile.
* It is a stopgap arrangement for those in-between jobs.
* It helps to increase your cash-in-hand by clubbing in the bonus as a guaranteed income.
* It gives you the opportunity to try out a role before deciding to move long-term into a similar position, without having to commit to your employer.
* You gain exposure to new technologies and projects across the industry in a much shorter time span.
* You are provided with the opportunity to list additional knowledge and value to your CV with every new project undertaken.
* You are provided with the opportunity to prove yourself in a large MNC environment and get recognised for better roles.
* There is a lower risk of losing your job since the cost of hiring a contractor is relatively lower in comparison with a permanent headcount and organisations are thus less likely to hire and fire.
* You have the opportunity to experience salary increments from one contract to another instead of having to wait for annual increments.
* From a lifestyle perspective, it provides you with more freedom to plan longer holidays in-between contracts or to invest your time in trainings and courses to upgrade yourself and gain more skills.

In short, contracting definitely provides you with a more flexible lifestyle whilst broadening the limits and horizons for a professional, well-rounded and exponential career path.

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