How are temporary IT jobs good for your career in tech? The answers may surprise you.
You may have heard many myths about temporary work and why to avoid it: Temp work is all low level tasks, hurts your chances of landing a full-time position, limits your ability to develop new skills… We could go on, but these (and other) common misconceptions don’t match the reality of the job market.
Benefits of a temporary IT job
For one, it’s crucial for IT pros to constantly build their skill sets, and a temporary IT job can expose you to new programs and applications or increase your knowledge of a programming language you already know. And for recent college graduates who don’t have as much experience, a temporary job can help build your IT skills, making you more marketable.
Another benefit of a temporary tech role is the networking opportunities. Colleagues and managers can help you get other positions and provide recommendations — they may even hire you for a full-time position. Students can often take classes and work temporary jobs, allowing them to make some money while building their professional network.
For someone with an employment gap, a temporary IT position can be an effective way to make connections and build skills necessary for a new full-time job.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, but once you’ve decided that a temporary IT job is a good option for you, how do you find one?
Search on your own
Robert Half Technology offers resources to simplify your IT job search. Spending a little time on our site will give you a sense of the types of temporary IT jobs available in your area and the skills required for those jobs.
Professional networking sites can be good resources, too. LinkedIn, for example, offers a robust search function, allowing users to search by field and location, among other criteria. When searching for temporary IT jobs using these resources, be sure to search using terms such as "contract" or "project," as well.
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Work with a staffing agency
Another idea is to connect with a staffing agency that specializes in placing technology professionals in temporary IT jobs. This approach can offer many benefits to you, such as:
- Helping set the stage for success — Reputable staffing agencies evaluate your skills and experience and take time to understand your work preferences and career goals. This helps ensure you’re matched with temporary IT jobs and work environments you're likely to thrive in. And once the right opportunity appears, a good staffing agency moves quickly to place you.
- Gaining an edge on the competition — Leading tech staffing agencies maintain relationships with many valuable resources, including companies currently hiring, industry associations and technology professionals the agencies have placed. As a result, they often have the inside track on temporary IT jobs before these positions are posted to the public, giving you a head start over the competition.
- Taking care of the details — With the resources of a staffing firm behind you, you can focus on your career instead of on the logistics of working as an interim employee.
Why Robert Half Technology?
If you want to work with a well-established IT recruitment and technology staffing firm, consider Robert Half Technology. We place highly skilled candidates in full-time and temporary IT jobs across all areas of expertise, including big data, mobile development and cybersecurity.
Registering with Robert Half Technology gives you a connection to our network of strategic partners, such as Microsoft and HDI, an association for technical support professionals. You'll gain access to career resources like salary data and market research, as well as online IT training opportunities that can help you learn in-demand tech skills.
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