When job searching, most people are often looking for full-time work, but what if you come across a great job listing that has the word “temporary” in it?
When this happens, many potential candidates will turn this opportunity away and click to the next job. But in fact, not pursuing these “temp” jobs could be a detriment to you and your career. More and more, temporary jobs, specifically in finance and accounting, are becoming more sought-after by young candidates or candidates who are new to the field.
In short, a temp finance job means that the job is not permanent—or at least not yet. A company will label a job temporary if it is contract-based, it is a new role and they aren’t sure the full extent of what it will require, or they have to fill a role quickly and/or temporarily. If you are job searching and see a job listed as temporary, here are just a few reasons why you should apply and if accepted, take the job.
It could become full-time
Finance is a big field and there is a ton of competition within big and small firms alike, making it hard to land your dream job. Many temp jobs do, in fact, become full-time jobs when the employee proves themselves, makes a difference in the company, and works hard. If you see an opportunity with a company you admire, take it, no matter if the job is temp or full-time. You never know what it could lead to.
You will make connections
Even if the job never becomes full-time, the connections you can make while there may be more fruitful than the job itself. Many contracted finance jobs are longer-term and have 12-month to multiple year contracts. If you feel you may want to move on from a company after a year or so, having a temp job is a great way to get your feet wet, make the connections you need, and move on to a bigger firm or different opportunity.
You get to do what you love
Another big perk of financial temp jobs is that many center around a specific project. Love creating forecasts and focusing on profits and losses, but not too keen on the rest of the financial work? A temporary, project-related position could be perfect for you. It will let you hone in on one skill, making you an expert and giving you a leg up when you go back out to apply.
They pay well
In the finance world, you work hard in school to ensure that once you graduate, you will enter into a well-paying job. But, if you need extra experience or are only able to get temp work, you may be discouraged as to how much you’ll actually be paid. Don’t fret: temporary finance jobs actually pay extremely well, and should you stay on longer than your contract or turn the temp job into a full-time job, you have more leverage to ask for a higher salary as you have already proven yourself to the company.
If you are searching for a finance job, whether temporary or full-time, or looking to hire for a temp position, contact The Goodkind Group to help. You can reach us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website to learn more about our services.