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More than 30 percent of U.S. workers are employed in consulting, contracting and temporary positions. For these more than four million individuals, “non-standard” work arrangements are a stepping stone to permanent employment. For others, completing a project and moving on to a new assignment provides just the right fit for their personal and professional lifestyle.

Here are some of the career benefits of working as a temporary consultant:

Broaden Your Skill Base
As a temporary consultant, you’ll continuously be exposed to resources like these that will keep you on the cutting edge of your industry:

  • Access to an extensive network of contacts. You’ll have the opportunity to meet both respected veterans and up-and-coming talent in your field, and your agency will always have a tab on the most recent hiring managers and trends.
  • Exposure to a variety of work environments, products and management styles. This enhances your overall base of experience and offers enhanced flexibility for your future employment options. As a temporary consultant, you’ll absorb a great deal of knowledge regarding your various employers’ industries and operations. Even within the constraints of privacy and non-compete agreements, this can prove very valuable to your long-term career plans.

A Sign of Your Resourcefulness
Working as a temporary consultant demonstrates your ability to be flexible, creative and open-minded in moving from one assignment or position to another and hit the ground running. This is an asset highly valued by hiring managers across the board.

If you reach the point on your career path where it’s time to transition into a permanent position, temping has a two-pronged benefit:

  • You can “try out” a prospective employer, workplace and company culture before making a permanent commitment.
  • By positioning yourself well as a temp, you prove your immediate value. This places you high on the candidate selection list when a permanent job opens.

If you want to boost your career by garnering a broad base of business and industry experience, skills, knowledge and resources, temporary consulting is an excellent option. To learn more about consulting opportunities in your field and how to pursue them, contact the expert team at Alternative Staffing today.

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