Can She Make a Living Temping?


Linda writes:
I have a full-time position for which I make a decent salary. The work is not
personally fulfilling and I am ready to upgrade (and update) my skills perhaps
working part-time until I really find something satisfying. Is it REALLY possible
to work temporary jobs and maintain a flexible schedule and fairly reliable
income? I’m ready to give notice with my current employer.


The Career Doctor responds:
In good or decent economies yes it is often possible to work temporary jobs
based on your schedule and preference — assuming you have the skills and
experience in demand. However in times of economic uncertainty as we are
currently experiencing temporary agencies are facing a situation of having too
few clients interested in hiring temps and lots of people who want to find temping
positions.
My best advice to you is to do nothing to jeopardize your current job. Instead
develop a strategy and timeline for making the switch. Consult with one of more
temporary agencies — ones that specialize in your area of expertise or in your
geographic location. Until you get a sense from these contacts that there will
be numerous opportunities for you I would stay put with your current employer.
By the way temping is also a great way to experience different types of work
and work environments — and an interesting way of trying to find work that is
fulfilling that you can be passionate about.
Finally before making the move from full-time employment to temping be sure
you also have a good grasp on the pros and cons of temping. It may not be quite
what you think.
You can read a number of great articles find other great resources and tools and
locate temporary employment agencies in this section of Quintessential Careers:
Temping Resources.

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Linda writes:
I have a full-time position for which I make a decent salary. The work is not
personally fulfilling and I am ready to upgrade (and update) my skills perhaps
working part-time until I really find something satisfying. Is it REALLY possible
to work temporary jobs and maintain a flexible schedule and fairly reliable
income? I’m ready to give notice with my current employer.


The Career Doctor responds:
In good or decent economies yes it is often possible to work temporary jobs
based on your schedule and preference — assuming you have the skills and
experience in demand. However in times of economic uncertainty as we are
currently experiencing temporary agencies are facing a situation of having too
few clients interested in hiring temps and lots of people who want to find temping
positions.
My best advice to you is to do nothing to jeopardize your current job. Instead
develop a strategy and timeline for making the switch. Consult with one of more
temporary agencies — ones that specialize in your area of expertise or in your
geographic location. Until you get a sense from these contacts that there will
be numerous opportunities for you I would stay put with your current employer.
By the way temping is also a great way to experience different types of work
and work environments — and an interesting way of trying to find work that is
fulfilling that you can be passionate about.
Finally before making the move from full-time employment to temping be sure
you also have a good grasp on the pros and cons of temping. It may not be quite
what you think.
You can read a number of great articles find other great resources and tools and
locate temporary employment agencies in this section of Quintessential Careers:
Temping Resources.


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