A temp job could be the key to finding permanent work this year

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If you’re on a quest to find a new job this year, you might want to start by searching for a temporary position.

While less than a quarter of employers reported plans to hire full-time employees in 2012, 36 percent said they planned to hire contract and temporary workers this year, a new survey from CareerBuilder and the American Staffing Association reports.

Looking for a permanent home? A temporary job could turn into a full-time role. Of the employers that plan to hire temporary workers in 2012, 35 percent say they eventually plan to make the roles permanent.

“Temporary jobs from staffing and recruiting firms are playing an increasingly important role in the economic recovery,” says Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder’s Staffing & Recruiting Group. “Our studies have pointed to a rise in these positions post-recession as companies address growing market needs. Employers are relying on temporary and contract workers to support leaner staffs, and in many cases will transition those workers to permanent roles.”

The benefits of taking on a temp job extend beyond the possibility of transitioning into full-time employment. If you’re unemployed, a temp job could help you close the gap on your résumé, let you learn new skills and provide opportunities to network with people in your industry.

“Candidates [who accept temporary jobs] will find good pay, flexibility, opportunities to change careers, valuable skills training and a bridge to permanent employment,” says Richard Wahlquist, president and CEO of the American Staffing Association.

Opportunities for contract and temporary jobs can be found in any industry. According to data from CareerBuilder’s Supply & Demand Portal, the following staffing and recruiting positions are in-demand.

Health care
1. Occupational or physical therapist
2. Speech language pathologist

1. Maintenance technician or mechanic
2. CNC (computer numerical control) machinist

Information technology
1. Java or .Net developer
2. Network engineer

1. Administrative Assistant
2. Customer service representative

1. Business Analyst
2. Marketing assistant

Check out the following articles for tips and advice on turning a temp job into full-time employment:

Turn a temp gig into a full-time job

Looking for a permanent job? Consider starting with seasonal work

True stories: “I went from temporary worker to full-time hire”

Kaitlin Madden is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz.  She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.


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