When Geoff Bagg, CEO of The Bagg Group, was interviewed recently on City TV, he was asked the question of the season: Are summer jobs still to be had?
Geoff had encouraging news to share. He noted that while most large companies complete their summer hiring around April, many medium to smaller organizations, as well as retailers, continue to hire as the need occurs.
Often candidates looking for a full-time work ask the recruitment experts at The Bagg Group if they should take a summer job. The experts offer three key points to consider.
1. A foot in the door is worth two on the pavement: The best companies in the GTA are interested in candidates of The Bagg Group for full-time positions, contract work, and part-time placement. In the summer, organizations may need extra help because they’re short staffed due to employee vacations, or holding special events. This is an opportunity to get inside an organization, perform well, and make some contacts.
2. Learning happens anytime you work a mile in someone else’s shoes: You may find a summer or temporary job that’s not in line with your skill level, but it could be a great chance to learn about an organization from a different perspective.
If you’ve seen the hit reality TV series Undercover Boss, you’ll know how much C-level executives learn when they take an entry level position at their own company.
A short-term position can give you knowledge that will set you apart from the competition when interviewing later for a job that’s the right fit for you. For example, if you’re in marketing, consider the insight you’d have about the challenges and realities of the customer experience if you’ve done a stint as a customer service rep.
3. Hiring managers get why temporary work can be better than no work at all. People understand — and respect — a decision to take a seasonal or temporary job simply for the sake of working. While you don’t want to abandon your career goals, sometimes taking a job that’s not in line with what you normally do, is a good move—for the mind and pocketbook.
No employer will fault you for doing what you have to do while looking for what you want to do.