Not everyone needs a "good" reason to get a job, which is to say for most a paycheck alone is reason enough. Others, though, choose to be more strategic with their job search and hours spent in the workplace.
Strategy sometimes goes out the window when jobs are scarce. Fortunately for you, a scarcity of jobs in the job market doesn't necessarily impact the availability of temporary jobs with staffing agencies. Often when regular full-time jobs are the hardest to find, companies have made the switch over to using staffing agencies to fill many of their positions rather than hiring job seekers directly. This all brings us back to strategy. Other than just earning a paycheck, there are a few things staffing agency jobs bring to the table that you may not have thought about. These four reasons are just that.
1. Gateway to full-time job
This is by far the most popular and obvious reason to take a job with a staffing agency. Around 20-percent of employees hired through a staffing company are brought on full time. That's nearly double the number of those who are extended full-time offers after working seasonal jobs. Staffing jobs are a great way for you to prove your worth to a company. As long as the position isn't strictly temporary, your potential employer is essentially taking your performance for a test drive. If they like the way you work, they'll probably keep you around.
2. New experience
For many jobs filled by staffing agencies, the employer expects you'll need some on-the-job training. This is a luxury provided to staffing agency employees that is often not provided for a regular full-time employee who is usually expected to have previous experience in the job they're applying for. That means you'll have the opportunity to learn a valuable set of new skills for your resume, giving you an edge not only for the staffing job you're in, but other jobs in your future.
3. Business contacts
You may be tired of hearing it, but many times it really is about who you know, not what you know. Mark one (or more) down in the "who you know" category, because if you do well in a staffing agency job you'll acquire some solid references and business contacts who will be able to help you in the years to come. Networking contacts can vouch for your ability to do a job and get you connected with employees at companies that otherwise may not have been on your radar.
4. Prevent resume gaps
Accounting for a few weeks, months or years of missing time on your resume can be difficult, and in some cases it may cost you a job. Keeping a solid timeline of employment on your resume can give you a competitive advantage in the job market. Working for a staffing agency can fill employment gaps for you, and proves to your employer that you're creative and willing to do whatever it takes to stay employed and work hard.