Act Like A Bee!

Opportunity Abounds as Contingent Work Takes Hold!
By Renee Daysh, Communications, Frog Recruitment

An Auckland University professor described the contingent worker as a ‘bee’ because just as the bee visits bloom upon bloom collecting pollen long the way; so does the contingent worker collect knowledge and skills as they move from one contract or assignment to the next. We liked this description.

We are often asked the question; “Is contracting or temping (also known as contingent work) a good alternative to looking for a permanent role?”

And our answer is a resounding; ‘Yes!”

According to McKinsey, a whopping 58% of employers expect to hire more contract, part-time or temporary workers over the next five years. And a positive spin-off is the increase in ‘contingent roles turning into permanent positions’ which is well up over previous years.

We at Frog have experienced a 25% increase in this very area over the last eighteen months. The reasons for this are numerous, but the most commonly expressed by employers centres on the flexibility, adaptability and positive attitude contractors and temporaries bring to their organisation.

So as the contingent workforce continues to grow perhaps it’s time to ponder some of the benefits about working this way?  Even if your long-term goal is to secure a full-time position, here are 5 reasons you should consider becoming a contingent worker:

1.  A Foot in the Door

Seeing an organisation from the inside while working on a contingent basis is a smart way to dip your toes in the water and find out first-hand, what the organisation is like to work at. Being proactive and asking questions will play a part in your assessment process so if a permanent opportunity arises, you are ‘in the know’ about the company and culture.

2.  Short Term Opportunities Can Become Long Term

Being open to short term opportunities can sometimes mean you end up staying for the long haul! Often an assignment or contract is extended…and extended.  It is not uncommon for a three week gig to still be in action 6 months later! Whilst there are no guarantees this will happen, high calibre contingent staff are often top-of-the-pops when it comes to being considered for an extension or a position.

3.  What Makes You Happy?

Selecting the right environment for you, one that allows you to excel, is important. By being exposed to various environments you are able to make an informed decision about what is right for you or what you should be wary of. Do you find yourself more comfortable in a small office environment or a large corporate? Working in a team environment or in an autonomous role? With a manager that is hands-on or hands-off? Answering these questions creates a picture of the culture and environment that is best for you.

4.  Gain New Skills and Referees

If you are enthusiastic about learning, contingency work is an ideal way to add to your skill base.  Mastering different databases, computer systems and protocols are often all in a days work as you gain knowledge in new fields or industries. These additional skills then open you up to increased employment opportunities.

And – by performing well you will acquire a new referee or two for each assignment completed, allowing you to build up a portfolio of positive feedback to endorse your newly achieved skills.

5.  Networking Comes Naturally

One of the biggest benefits of being a contingent worker is being able to extend your professional network. By working within a variety of different settings and industries, you will meet many individuals who have the ability to influence your career paths. Increasing your ‘network worth’ is one sure-fired way to increase the employment opportunities you will be exposed to.

Although it may be daunting not working in a permanent position, more and more people are moving into ‘developing their portfolio of work experiences.’

And we are here to help! We have a team of Talentologists for you to speak to, so don’t hesitate in calling us to find out more!

For more information about contingent opportunities please email us today:

Annie O’Keefe – Contracting
Roshaan Hunt – Temporary
Renee Foster – Temporary & Contracting

Sources:
Why You Should Consider Temporary Work
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/02/17/why-you-should-consider-temporary-work/

Making the Most of a Contingent Worker Position
http://jobs.answers.com/careers/making-the-most-of-a-contingent-worker-position

How To Turn Your Temp Job Into A Permanent One
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/09/28/how-to-turn-your-temp-job-into-a-permanent-one/

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