This summer, if your full-time job is looking for job, consider a jobcation. You’ve heard of a staycation where you spend your holiday exploring your city. Our version of a jobcation is also about exploring close to home – by taking temporary work that may be different than what you are used to.
Here are our top 5 reasons for a jobcation:
- Temp work is a chance to earn some extra income, shake up your day-to-day, and meet new people. Jackie Chua, head of Bagg Pro, and a 30+ year expert in recruitment, urges everyone to expand their circles. Professional networking is important, but Jackie says so too is getting to know people from different walks of life. Temporary work is a surefire way to make more connections.
- It’s often said that “change is as good as a holiday.” Sure, we’d all rather be sailing, but when lifting anchor is not an option, than doing something that is a break from your regular routine really can be the next best thing.
- Sometimes, good for right now is good enough: The great thing about a temp job is that it’s short-term. It doesn’t have to be right for you forever, just something that can work for you in the here and now.
- Temporary work is a learning opportunity: There’s value in observing and learning from every job situation. And if you doubt that, consider the popular series Undercover Boss in which top execs take on all kinds of jobs in their company to find out how things are really working at their organization.
How can you learn from a temp job? Here’s one example: Say you’re a marketing expert, looking for a full-time job. You visit the Bagg Group job postings and you see a demand for event staff to work the Ride for Cancer Event in Toronto and Hamilton.
It could be fun, and you have the skills they’re looking for. Plus, when you later interview for a full-time job in marketing, you mention that you worked the Ride for Cancer from the front-lines – and got an entirely different perspective on a major fundraising and consumer engagement event.
- Things happen for you when you do things: CEO Geoff Bagg has gone the record often to tell candidates that doing something is always better than doing nothing. Geoff has reams of data to back him up. Over its long history, The Bagg Group has placed more than 60,000 people successfully in full-time, temporary and contract positions. All those people are do-ers.
Does taking temp work mean you give up your job search for full-time employment? No!
Those who consistently keep their eyes open, make contacts, and send out resumes have a better chance of landing a position than those who give up for the entire summer. And that’s a fact. But as we said above, change can be energizing. And just as people who are in full-time work may look for other opportunities after hours, so too do temp workers.
So even if you’re looking for full-time work, be sure to also check listings for contract and temporary placements on our job board. You may find there’s a short-term opportunity with Bagg Pro, Bagg Technology Resources, Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources or Turn Key Staffing that could allow you a jobcation. And this summer could serve up more interesting experiences than you expected.