54% of survey respondents say finding a temp/transitional job is the best career option after a layoff.
With job growth still sluggish, temporary positions have taken on a new luster. Temp jobs for professional/business service positions increased by 25,000 per month over the last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Instead of seeing temp jobs as beneath the dignity of established professionals, Americans now view them as a viable option for those who have been laid off -- and as a way of enhancing one’s potential for permanent employment. So says a survey from EmploymentGroup, a staffing/services firm. Mark Lancaster, CEO of EmploymentGroup, says the results show that temp work is no longer perceived as a dead-end move. “Despite significant, persistent challenges in the job market, public opinion regarding the value and long-term career potential of temporary employment remains strong.” The report shows that gender and age influence perspectives on this topic. More than 2,025 adults in the U.S. took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Interactive. See the survey here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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