The past few months have posed incredible challenges to job seekers. As if finding the perfect employer wasn’t hard enough during a prosperous job market, this endeavor became nearly impossible thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Americans were displaced from their jobs and forced to take up temporary work so they could pay for basic necessities, such as food, housing, and other bills. 

Temporary work often gets a bad rep because most people believe it never leads to a permanent position, but that’s simply not the case. In fact, more often than not, temping is a strategic way to gain new marketable skills and network with the pros. If you play your cards right — something we’ll teach you in just a little bit — you can turn your temporary job into a career! 

The Advantages of Temp Jobs During the COVID-19 Recession

But, first, let’s take a look at all the benefits that temporary work offers during an economic recession, like the one caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

History shows us that temporary jobs are a hot commodity once the marketplace begins its slow recovery. Following the 2001 recession, the job market saw a three-month increase in temporary hiring. Similarly, the number of temporary workers increased for five months straight after the 2009 recession.

As the job market begins expanding, companies need to bridge the gaps created by layoffs, and a quick way to do this is to hire temporary workers. Eventually, once the economy is in recovery mode, these companies will transition into hiring full-time workers — this gives temps an edge over new interviewees.

It’s not 100 percent clear whether we have officially entered a period of economic recovery or not, but we feel confident that things are on the up and up based on the number of new jobs created just in the last few months: 2.5 million jobs were added in May, a record 4.8 million jobs in June, and 1.8 million in July. 

As more and more businesses get permission to open after the lockdown, the need for new hires will be high. Now is the time to start looking for opportunities to get your foot in the door. 

How to Turn a Temp Job into a Permanent Job

Although a temp job is a good way to make ends meet in a pinch, as a worker, you need that job security that comes with a permanent position to have peace of mind. When you’re ready to settle down in your current role, use these five tips to score yourself a permanent placement at your company and enjoy the sweet benefits that come with it. 

Choose The Protocall Group for All Your Temp Needs

As always, we are hiring! 

If you’re ready to get back out there, we’re ready to help you. Watch this short video to learn more about our current temp-to-hire jobs in Philadelphia, as well as other parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  

You don’t have to look too hard to find the best job search services in Philly! The Protocall Group is dedicated to keeping you safely employed during these tumultuous times. Start your search online today, or speak with a representative to learn more!