Finding work is especially challenging for young people who are just starting their careers. Graduates should consider temping.

Temporary (“temp”) employment agencies find workers for companies that need people to fill in on a short-term basis that could become a full time position. The temp agency finds workers and places them with the appropriate company, and the temp worker is on the job only as long as they are needed – it could be for a few days, a few weeks, and a few months or could become a permanent position.

Temping gives high school and college graduates the opportunity to see what different company cultures are like and what they prefer as an employee. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy sitting at a desk? Do you like working with the public? Now is the time to discover what you’re good at and what you really want out of a job.

The Top 6 Reasons to Temp

  1. Get the Scoop

The agency has the inside track on whose hiring and what they’re really looking for. When you work with an agency, you come with a seal of approval and are well ahead of the applicant off the street.

  1. Transition from  temporary to permanent

Once you’re on the job as a temp, the employer gets a chance to see you shine. Don’t be surprised if what started out as a week’s assignment turns into a permanent job offer. When that time comes, you’ll know if this is a company that you want to stay with long-term.

  1. Enjoy flexible work schedule

Enjoy Flexibility. Most temp jobs are 40 hours a week while they last, and when your assignment is over, you can take some time off if you’d like.  Some jobs are flexible on the days and hours you work.

  1. Gain Experience: Resume Builder

A combination of classwork and on-the-job experience is the ideal way to prepare yourself for a new line of work.

  1. Career Exploration

Due to the wide variety of temp jobs that might be available for various companies and organizations, registering with a temp agency can allow career exploration. As a recent graduate, if you can’t find work in your degree field, you can explore alternate careers through a temp agency.

  1. Temporary work offers much needed income.