Why Temp Jobs Make Sense For Your Career

The job market is heating up and employers are looking for more talent – especially for temp jobs. As businesses look for ways to scale up their workforce to meet increasing demands, more temp jobs are becoming available across a range of industries and disciplines.Helpmates Temps

Temp jobs can provide a boost to your career.

Temporary employment has helped employers and professionals for decades, but understanding how temp positions have evolved, and the benefits they offer today’s professionals, can help you map out your career strategy. Here are four ways temp positions offer tremendous opportunities:

  1. Temp can often lead to permanent. If you’re at a crossroads in your career and are looking for stability, temp jobs can offer surprising stability. As mentioned above, partnering with a staffing firm like Helpmates helps you become part of our team – many specialists are entitled to similar benefits you’d receive in a full-time job. So if you decide you like the flexibility of temporary work, Helpmates can often provide the stability of a full-time job with the flexibility of temp jobs. But if your long-term goal is permanent employment with one employer, temp jobs can be the perfect gateway. Often, employers take advantage of “temp-to-hire” opportunities with firms like Helpmates. That means they hire an employee for a temp job with the option to hire that person as a full time employee at the completion of the contract. This allows the employer to see if potential employees would be a good fit before making a permanent decision, but it also allows YOU the opportunity to determine if there’s a fit. Do your best work in this type of temp job, and if there’s a mutual fit between you and the employer, it could lead to full-time employment (without the risk and uncertainty typically found when starting a new full-time job).
  2. Boredom is typically avoided. If you’re the type of person who likes a fresh challenge and gets bored in the same position for too long, temporary positions (particularly through a staffing partner like Helpmates) offer you the flexibility you crave with the stability of having a career partner on your side. While some temporary positions are six months or longer, some are considerably shorter. Depending on what you’re looking for, your recruiter can help find the best opportunities for your needs, goals and desires.
  3. Testing the waters becomes much easier. Thinking about a career shift? Gaining the necessary experience can be difficult. And do you really know that your new career is the one for you? Temp jobs offer tremendous opportunity to “try out” a new industry, position or employer, so that you can take the time to really know if a full career change is right for you. If you decide that you’re ready to make the jump into a new career, you’ll have a solid foundation of experience to get you started.
  4. Yes, benefits are often available. There is a popular misconception among some professionals that temp workers don’t receive benefits. Here at Helpmates (and at many other firms as well), we offer a robust set of benefits for qualified specialists. These include many of the benefits you would expect and receive from a full-time job, like 401k, insurance, holiday pay and more (Contact your local Helpmates team for more details!). Also, pay is often extremely competitive for temp jobs compared to full-time employees — sometimes it’s even higher.

Looking for temp jobs? Helpmates is hiring! We work with top employers in a range of industries across Southern California. Search our jobs now or call your local Helpmates office to take the next step in your career.

Is Your Employer Brand Sending the Right Message?

With competition for top talent becoming stiffer by the day, focusing on a strong employer brand is critical to helping your business stand out from the pack. While you don’t have to be named a “Top Place to Work” in order to attract and retain top talent, a strong employer brand helps you build trust and engagement with candidates. In the past, we’ve shared tips to help you differentiate your employer brand from the competition, and have highlighted some ways to attract and retain top talent.

Have you followed our advice? Great, then you’re on the right track!Helpmates April 2

Now it’s time to take your employer brand to the next level.

While many employers have great intentions in developing their employer brand, many make some considerable mistakes that end up costing them access to talent. Avoid these mistakes to prevent an uphill battle in your quest to land top talent:

  1. Underestimating candidates. In their most recent candidate behavior survey, Jobvite found that 18% of all job seekers are using Facebook to research your company’s culture. Today’s job seekers are more savvy than ever. They know what they’re looking for in an employer, and they want to find a match between their needs and your company. Specifically, they want to know what it’s really like to work for your business. And with tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Glassdoor and Google at their fingertips, it’s easier than ever to get this information. To ensure that candidates are finding a message that truly represents your brand, a strong social media presence is essential. We recently posted a blog offering advice for employers looking to engage candidates on social media. This is a good place to start. Showcase your employer brand, expect and understand that candidates are doing their research and that they value honesty and a strong message from your company
  2. Not “walking your talk.” Creating a strong employer brand involves more than messaging.  A strong employer brand engages candidates while accurately depicting your company’s values and the experience of working for your organization. Now “walking the talk” here isn’t just overtly misleading candidates (which most employers wouldn’t do deliberately). Many employers have the best of intentions, but don’t actually understand what day-to-day life is like in their workplaces for most employees. Before embarking on an employer branding initiative, an informal, anonymous survey of your current employees can help you pinpoint the true benefits and experience of working for your company. Bonus: It can also help illuminate areas where you could be doing better. Take this information and use it to create a better experience for your employees!
  3. Thinking your employer brand is “one and done.” Embarking on an employer branding initiative like the one mentioned in #2 is a great way to start your employer branding efforts. Notice the emphasis on “start.” Understanding your employer brand and crafting your message is just the beginning. A strong employer brand is constantly built and honed – it takes a long-term commitment from your organization. Ensure that your mission, vision and company goals are properly communicated to prospective employees by investing time and resources into a strong social media strategy so that when candidates research your company, they’re finding recent, relevant content that engages. Work on improving areas that underperformed in the survey you conducted as part of #2, then promote those advances across the board. Refresh your employer branding materials as needed to ensure the messaging is the most current, up to date and engaging. Ensure that your organization is committed to building and leveraging its employer brand. This may require someone within your organization “taking ownership” of employer branding. Designating a dedicated resource toward your employer brand can be a great way to ensure this important area doesn’t fall by the wayside.

Landing top talent doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Follow this advice, and call your local Helpmates office. Our network of top talent across Southern California is ready to jump in and make an immediate impact on your business.

It’s Time For Spring Cleaning (Your Job Search)

Spring has officially sprung — as the trees blossom and the weather improves, are you where you want to be in your career? Just a few months back, we offered these tips for turning your New Year’s career resolutions into a reality this year. If you haven’t made as much progress as you’d like, it’s time to use the spring season to your advantage. 

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The theme of “spring cleaning” has a few different applications – maybe it’s cleaning out the garage, a spare bedroom or your car. Maybe it means changing your diet to focus on healthier foods. This year, take a different approach to spring cleaning — use it to freshen up your job search.

Spring cleaning your job search doesn’t have to be as intensive as a weekend spent cleaning the garage – follow these three steps to take a fresh approach to your career this spring:

  1. Overhaul your resume. You should be reviewing and updating your resume at least once or twice a year (or perhaps more frequently if you’ve changed jobs multiple times). This checklist offers four things many people forget to put on their resumes (make sure yours is complete!). Spring cleaning your resume can really help remove unnecessary clutter and help employers focus on the most pertinent and relevant details. Here are a few places to start: Removing work experience that’s more than 10 years old or isn’t directly relevant to the jobs you’re applying to right now; Freshen up your bullet points by adding your most recent accomplishments (quantifying results wherever possible) – remember to go beyond your to-do list and focus on what you’ve done in your jobs; Tighten up the language by including relevant keywords to your target job titles wherever possible; and Eliminate unnecessary words or clutter to make your resume more visually appealing.
  2. Call your recruiter. Maybe you’ve been working in your latest position for awhile, or perhaps your job search just took a backseat to other priorities to start the year. One of the best ways to freshen up your job search this spring is by calling your recruiter. Either on a phone call or in a meeting, update your recruiter on what you’ve been up to, what your goals are and what you’re looking for in the short and long term for your career. Your recruiter is one of the most critical tools in your job search, and ensuring he or she has the most up to date information about you, your job and your goals means that recruiter is able to match you to the most relevant jobs within those goals. Plus, many recruiters are extremely busy – when you take the initiative to touch base with an update, you’re ensuring that you stay top of mind, which can be a huge boost when new jobs open up.
  3. Spring clean your wardrobe. Hiring managers are using a lot of information to determine whether you’re a fit for their companies. Resumes and input from recruiters play a part, but your wardrobe is also essential. From the moment you walk through the door, potential employers are assessing your wardrobe to determine your level of professionalism and respect for the position and company. In the literal sense, spring cleaning your wardrobe means putting away the heavy sweaters and moving into lighter clothing. But also take the opportunity to determine whether your spring and summer interview clothes truly put your best foot forward. Ask a friend or relative for input if you’re not sure. New wardrobe pieces don’t have to cost a fortune, but your interview clothing should be professional, and your work wardrobe should match the corresponding employment environment of your profession.
  4. Review and revise your online presence. Recruiters are putting in the time to review your online profiles for sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook. While you’re updating your resume, take a few minutes to update your social media profiles to ensure they are up to date and positioning you in the best light. For Facebook, verify your privacy settings keep personal photos and posts to family and friends. Keep Twitter content personal but professional and respectful wherever possible – if you spot something that could be misconstrued or hurt your reputation with a hiring manager, play it safe and delete the tweet(s). On LinkedIn, verify your photo is professional, and update your profile throughout to ensure it helps tell your personal story while highlighting your professional accomplishments. Taking a few minutes on each of these sites helps ensure recruiters and hiring managers see a complete, professional portrait when visiting your social media profiles.

Spring offers an excellent opportunity to recharge your job search – the team at Helpmates can also help you take your career to the next level. Visit our job board or contact your local Helpmates office today to get started.

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