While the economy has been improving over the past few years, some employers are still cautious when it comes to hiring full-time workers. Instead, they're turning to temporary help to fill their immediate staffing needs.

According to a recent survey, predicting 2017 hiring trends, 40 percent of employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers in 2017, up from 36 percent in 2016. That's good news for job seekers considering temporary employment. There are many reasons why someone may seek a temporary job; being unemployed, having trouble finding a full-time position and looking for flexibility are just a few. Whatever the motivation may be, temporary employment can be a rewarding experience that could lead to a long-term career.

The benefits of working for Simmons Staffng
Temporary work can be mutually beneficial for both the employer and the job seeker. It's a good solution for employers who aren't ready or able to hire permanent staff, and it's also a way for them to "try before they buy," or determine whether temporary workers would be a fit with their organization.

From the job seeker's perspective, there are many advantages as well. Here are just a few:

Fills employment gaps: If you've been unemployed for a long time, employers may want to know what you've been doing to fill the gap between jobs. Temporary work is a great way to do that. Employers will be impressed that you're using your time productively, while gaining additional experience that could help you in your next job.

Provides a steady paycheck: Temporary work also comes with financial benefits. You may be looking for a permanent job, but in the meantime, temporary employment can provide a steady income and help curb any financial concerns you may have from being out of work.

Builds your skills: With temporary employment, you can work in a variety of settings. This affords you the opportunity to learn how different companies operate and gain new skills that you might not have otherwise acquired if you worked full time. Trying out different roles can also help you determine what it is that you like to do. Maybe you always thought you wanted to be in finance, but after temping at a sales-driven company, you realize you're good at customer service and enjoy the rush of making a sale.

Boosts your network: Temporary positions are a good way to meet and connect with new people professionally. Establishing relationships with your colleagues can be beneficial, should you have an opportunity to work there permanently down the road. Also, your new contacts can provide job leads, connect you with other people in the industry or serve as job references.

Potential for permanent placement: If a full-time job is what you're after, a temporary position may help you achieve that goal. Among the employers surveyed by CareerBuilder who plan to hire temporary workers in 2017, 42 percent expect to transition some temporary workers into full-time, permanent employees throughout the year.

Simmons Staffing is, and will always be, there to help our Employees!