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Full-Time or Temporary: Which Should You Choose?

November 10th, 2014

At first glace that title might seem ridiculous. What job seeker would take a temporary or contract position over a full-time job? But with the quality, quality, and variety of temporary positions growing all the time, an increasing number of employees is seeking out this kind of work rather than committing to a full-time position they feel less than passionate about. Explore the pros and cons of both options to help you decide which choice is right for you.

Full-Time

Pros

  • Stability – Full-time jobs guarantee you 40+ hours as long as you remain an asset to the company.
  • Benefits – Medical coverage, retirement plans, and tuition reimbursement are often benefits included in the compensation package offered to full-time employees.
  • Advancement – You have more opportunities, and more realistic opportunities for advancement working for one company over the long term.
  • Consistency – Full-time jobs typically ask you to handle the similar responsibilities, in the same place, with the same group of people, over and over. For some, that is an asset.
  • Prestige – Hiring managers typically privileged full-time employment over temporary employment when vetting a candidate’s work history.

Cons

  • Inflexibility – It can be harder to maintain a work/life balance within the confines of a full-time job.
  • Burnout – The stress, pressure, and repetition of full-time employment can contribute to employee burnout.
  • Commitment – If your life has been organized around a predictable full-time job, leaving that job can be much harder to do. Some employees feel stuck.
  • Politics – All offices have politics, and if you work in the same place for years they will affect you much more.

Temporary

Pros

  • Variety – Since temporary jobs are short term, employees have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of different responsibilities and workplaces.
  • Freedom – Depending on the temporary agreement you commit to, you may be exempt from certain company policies and have more freedom to work as you please.
  • Introductions – Temporary jobs are a great way to introduce yourself to a company and lobby for a full-time position. It’s like a months-long job interview.
  • Networking – Working a variety of temporary helps you cultivate professional contacts you can use to support your long-term career goals.
  • Enhancement – If you want to pick up a new skill/experience, taking a temporary job can be an appealing alternative to more education. They also help you bolster your resume.

Cons

  • Unpredictability – Temporary employees can face uncertainty about how long a position will last and whether or not it will be renewed.
  • No Benefits – Don’t count on temporary jobs to offer you benefits of any kind.
  • Repetition – Temporary workers are usually asked to work on one task or project over and over. This can prove to be very mundane.
  • Impermanence – the minute one temporary job ends you will have to find another. That means your job search is essentially endless.

Which type of job is right for you? Work with the staffing specialists at The Concorde Group to help you find both.

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