Unemployed? Consider contract work.

By Stephanie Lloyd

 I know that many people who are seeking work focus on permanent positions without ever considering contract or freelance work.

Guess what?

While they don’t take taxes out of your paycheck and they typically do not provide you with benefits – THEY PAY YOU!


That you can like, BUY STUFF WITH!!

If I had to guess, I think the reason that so many people shun contract work is that they consider it “temporary.”


All jobs are temporary.

There is no such thing as a permanent job.


I mentioned in a previous post that today, more than ever, a W-2 employee is just as dispensable as a contract or “temporary” employee. I was in a situation more than a year ago working for a company on a contract basis  where some extensive cuts were made, and I “survived” while another team member who was a W-2 employee and had been there two years longer than I had, did not.

According to a recent USA Today article, last month “temporary staffing agencies found slots for 52,000 additional workers, the most since 2004, theBureau of Labor Statistics(BLS) said.”

And, – don’t forget – temporary or contract work can lead to a longer-term opportunity. From temp gig to dream job details how, once she got over her prejudice against temp agencies, Allison Riney got hired as a full-time marketing manager.

“Initially I was hesitant to go the temp agency route,” Riney explained, “because of the stigma that it would be mostly secretarial jobs and nothing that would lead to a real career.”

But with no alternatives, Riney went anyway. A few days later the agency asked if she was willing to take a one day data-entry job at a small marketing firm nearby. She agreed. After that, “they asked me to come back the next day and I’m still there.”

Her new bosses at Monetate Inc., in West Conshohocken, Pa., had noted her work ethic right away and took her aside to discuss a future with the company. “They offered me the opportunity to pursue different positions within the company,” Riney said. She expressed her interest in marketing and this month, they hired her as a full-time marketing manager.

Not only did Riney’s temp agency get her in the door, they also helped her negotiate a full-time salary with benefits.

“I am so lucky to have gone to that temp agency when I did, and am on my way to having my dream job,” she said.”

Stephanie A. Lloyd
Strategist-in-Chief and Host, Dream Job Radio

Posted in Blog, Job Search.


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  2. Stephanie, Thanks for the great reminder of how contract work can be a boon for the unemployed, yet talented worker. I’m so happy you are in my life.



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