It’s been a few months since you were caught in the corporate reorganization and your job search is not where you thought it would be. At the time, it seemed like a good idea to take a little time off before you started the search for something new, but now you are rethinking your decision.
You hear that the job market is improving, but it doesn’t seem to be very good from your perspective. You don’t seem to be getting calls for positions for which you know you are qualified.
What is the problem? Chances are, it’s not the job market or the company recruiters’ fault, it’s yours. Today’s job market is not like it was 20 years ago, or even 5 years ago, for that matter. You can’t wait around until the perfect opportunity falls into your lap. The competition is fierce and the process is automated and impersonal.
The longer you are out of work, the question as to why looms larger. It may be unfair, but in many cases employers become more skeptical when they look at potential candidates who are out of work. Therefore, it’s important to get back to work as quickly as you can, even if the role isn’t a perfect fit for you.
Temporary or contract roles may offer you the opportunity you are seeking. Below is a list of advantages of contract employment.
- You are more attractive to employers if you are currently working. A contract role shows potential employers that you are motivated and willing do what it takes to get back to work.
- Expand your skill sets, gain new knowledge and improve your marketability.
- Earn some money while you continue your search. There is no implied agreement that you will stop looking for a better job while you are working as a temp.
- Contract jobs are typically easier to land than direct hire positions – the interview process is shorter and hiring decisions are made more quickly.
- Get a foot in the door…contract work allows you to have sort of a dress rehearsal for the employer. Even if your contract role is at a lower level than you are used to working in, let your work ethic shine through. From the inside, you will hear about and be considered for openings before the general public will.
- Networking opportunities. Consider all of the new industry contacts that you will make and relationships that you will foster.
- Improve your negotiating position for your next role. Companies will have to take into consideration your current situation when constructing an offer of employment.
The job market has changed and to navigate it successfully one has to consider all options. Contract employment can help you get back to work more quickly and act as a bridge to your next direct hire position.