It used to be that contracted and temp work in NYC was most popular around the holidays, with extra team positions needed or admin positions filled in absences of permanent workers. However, with the ever-changing workforces and economy, contracted work has made its way into the permanent infrastructure of many companies. Businesses have come to the realization that they can accomplish their goals using temporary employees when necessary, instead of wasting resources on permanent positions and use staffing firms like BNA to fill these jobs.
Additionally, in highly specialized fields such as IT, more and more workers want increased flexibility and control in their schedules and work loads. This desire, in combination with the rise of IT temp work at many companies has lent itself to a great pairing for those looking for work and/or a position in a new field. Take a look below to see how you can successfully navigate the temp work field and take full advantage of your time as a contracted worker!
- Enhance your skills. While you are at your new job, be sure to talk to and meet with as many people on your new team/company as possible to gain more insights into the field. Additionally, taking in-person or online classes to get industry certifications will only increase what projects and positions you can take on.
- Keep your options open. Regardless of what industry you are working IT in (retail, finance, etc.), it is likely you will able to find contracted work. The beauty of temporary work that it allows you to explore your interests without a seriously long-term commitment, all while making money. Be sure to pay close attention to your likes and dislikes during each job because this will help you determine what you may (or may not) want to do next.
- Let your network know you are available for contracted work. Whether its on LinkedIn, Monster.com or any other professional or career building site, be sure to let your network know that you are open to shorter term work. This will just open up doors to an increased number of employment opportunities that are out there. Additionally, don’t hesitate to ask your current temp supervisor for a recommendation or reference – as a temp, they know you constantly are on the lookout and are usually more than willing to help make connections along the way. And, if you are really enjoying your current contracted role, be sure to let the company know that you would be interested in staying on long term.
Regardless of what field or industry your IT contracted work is in, be sure that you take full advantage of your time at each and every job. As we know, this work is only temporary and in a few short months, it will be on to the next bigger and better opportunity.