Top Reasons to Consider a Temp Job

When people wonder how to find a job, they generally think about full-time work. But more often these days, it’s not about committing to a 40-hour-a-week grind at one company for the next two to five years. Today, one in five jobs in America is being filled by a contract worker, according to an NPR/Marist poll. Just look at all the temp jobs and contract jobs now hiring on Monster!

Temporary work is its own kind of contract work, often undertaken for a few hours to a few weeks or months, depending on the position and the level in the company. Everyone—from entry-level and C-suite to IT and administrative—can temp. And there are several advantages to keeping your options open.

You get to know a job before committing

Even if you’ve gone through the most thorough interview process available, it’s still hard to know exactly what you’re walking into when you join a company. Enter the temp position, stage left. When you temp for a firm, you can get a sense for the work, the people, and the culture without committing yourself to a full-time position.

“Like an internship, [temping] offers a chance to assess whether this company or industry is one where you’d like to work,” says Christopher Lee, a career consultant in San Diego and founder of PurposeRedeemed.com. “You have an opportunity to build relationships and, if you are interested in pursuing a permanent role there, demonstrate the value you bring through the quality of your work.”

This is especially helpful in discovering when an industry or company isn’t what you expected. A temp position saves you the trouble of having to quit due to a poor fit. “There have certainly been types of jobs that, from the outside, I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do,’ and then I got an internship and saw what happens on a day-to-day basis and said, ‘This is not for me,’” Lee says. “Temping can offer that same sort of validation.”

You can develop new skills

It’s easy to get pigeonholed into an industry or career. And once you’re there, you become more of an expert in your subject area—which makes it even harder to jump ship to something else that interests you. With temping, however, you can dip your toe into many different places and pick up a variety of new proficiencies on the job.

“You may have a great work ethic, great background, and you land a position that’s offering a different set of skills or knowledge,” says Deborah Woolridge, a career coach and HR professional in New York City. “And they’re willing to take you under their wing to learn different things.”

This is particularly helpful if you’re coming out of college without a lot of experience, if you’re trying to switch industries, or if you’re returning to work after time off.

The arrangement can be flexible

Maybe you’re starting your own business. Maybe you have a side passion that doesn’t really pay the bills. Whatever it is, you need cash—and flexible, temporary work can provide the income you need while still allowing you the time to work on other things. It’s also a reasonable way to start to power down your career later in life.

“You can imagine the kind of people who have been running really hard for 30 years,” says Debbie Seeger, co-founder of Patina Solutions, an interim executive placement firm. “We’ve found, especially the baby boomer generation, that there is a desire to keep working, but maybe to change the way the work is arranged.”

Temping also gives experienced professionals a way to focus on the part of their work that really gives them joy—and skip the rest. “They want to provide expertise,” Seeger says. “And yet, at the same time, they may not necessarily want to sign up for the fully loaded salary experience.”

You could get a full-time gig

In many cases, a temp position can develop into the real thing. “I landed a job at Sony Music while temping,” says Callista Gould, author of The Exceptional Professional: What You Need to Know to Grow Your Career. “I would have never had the opportunity otherwise.”

When you temp for a company, you’re already top of mind when a job opening becomes available. You’re regularly working with people who know the quality of your work, your work ethic, and your personality. That can make a big difference to a hiring manager when it comes time to consider candidates for a permanent position.

“Should a permanent position open up, I think if you demonstrated your commitment to the company, you’d be a strong candidate compared to someone from the outside applying without any internal references,” Lee says.

Find your fit

Temporary positions offer you a great way to gain new skills and make valuable contacts, which is especially reassuring during such uncertain times. Could you use some help finding temp jobs? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox to cut down on time spent looking through ads. Those are two quick and easy ways Monster can help your career continue to move forward.

Source: Monster.com

5 Jobs with the Worst Bosses

No matter how much you love your job, having a bad boss can turn it into a nightmare. It seems, though, that some jobs garner more bad bosses than others. That’s according to PayScale, who surveyed 24,000 people in February 2013 on what they wanted to change most about their job. The survey also asked about job stress and satisfaction. Here are the top five professions who said they wanted new bosses.

1) Chemists and Materials Scientists

Chemists analyze and conduct experiments with chemicals in research labs or for companies to develop new products and processes. Materials scientists research and study chemical properties of natural, synthetic and composite materials in order to strengthen, improve or combine them. According to PayScale, 19.4 percent of the chemists and materials scientists who responded say they hate their boss, and 54 percent reported high stress and 16 percent low job satisfaction.

2) Dental Hygienists

If you don’t like to go to the dentist, you’re not alone: 18.2 percent of dental hygienists said they hate their boss, and 54 percent reported high stress in their job. Nine percent of dental hygienists reported low job satisfaction. Dental hygienists do a lot of the work at your dental appointment: They clean teeth, screen for gingivitis and other maladies, and educate patients on proper oral care. They may also take X-rays for the dentist to examine.

3) Bakers

According to PayScale, 17.9 percent of bakers hate their boss. Almost two-thirds of them report high stress on the job, and 16 percent said they had low job satisfaction. Bakers are responsible for measuring, mixing and baking dough and may be involved with stocking display cases at restaurants or bakeries. Bakers work for a wide variety employers, including grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants. Large-scale baking operations that work around the clock also employ bakers; night shifts and weekend work are not uncommon.

4) Food Service Managers

The high-stress world of restaurants takes its toll on food service managers; 17 percent of them say they hate their boss, and a whopping 76 percent say they have high stress from their career. Fourteen percent say they have low job satisfaction. Food service managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations at restaurants. They often work long hours and because they are the ones unhappy customers complain to, food service managers are often stuck with solving problems and making hard decisions under pressure.

5) Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians

Occupational health and safety technicians collect data about the safety and health conditions in different environments and then work with specialists to look at different options to mitigate hazards and help protect workers, equipment and the public. They’re not confined to only dangerous worksites such as construction and mining; they may also look at data from offices, for example. PayScale says that 15.8 percent of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians hate their boss, and that 66 percent reported high stress at work. Seven percent of them reported low job satisfaction.

 

Source: Military.com

Budget Friendly Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has changed the way we live dramatically. As COVID-19 spreads around the world, social distancing has been appointed as one of the ways we can contribute to flattening the pandemic curve. That means that by staying home, we can help slow the spread of the virus.

Although many countries have not yet ordered official lockdowns, many people are choosing to stay home to protect themselves and others. As reclusion and social distancing over the long haul can be distressing and overwhelming, finding ways to remain calm and maintain your well-being will be extremely important to get through these times. In this article, we will share budget-friendly activities ideas to do at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use Technology Wisely

According to Scientific American, it is not about how much we use social media platforms, but how we use them, as “we can all benefit from developing digital habits that support meaningful human connections—especially now.” There are many cool ways that people around the world are able to stay connected with the outside world because of technology.

Join an Online Concert or Music Festival

All over the world, many artists are starting to perform live for free through their social media accounts and online. If you’re looking for shows that you might be interested in, you can always check out the social media profiles of your favorite artists to see if free online concerts are available to you. Billboard is also keeping a comprehensive list of live streams and virtual concerts that are happening, along with the dates that they will take place.

Similarly, in countries like Portugal and Brazil, local artists are getting organized to perform live in online festivals. You can even check out festival lineups on each festivals’ profile to know how to join the free show.

Attend Virtual Parties and Happy Hours

Many apps facilitate face-to-face interactions online. Skype, Zoom, House Party and FaceTime are a few examples of platforms you can use to meet your friends for free, sometimes even with more than one person at a time. You can also use Eventbrite to browse upcoming online events.

Co-Watch Content

There are many free apps and browser extensions that allow you to watch movies and shows with your friends and family remotely. These services allow you to synchronize video playback from your preferred streaming platform. Some free examples are Netflix Party, Kast (previous Rabbit), Scener, and Rave.

Learn Something New

The internet is full of online courses that can fit your budget. Whether you want to learn a new language, learn how to cook, or learn how to play an instrument; whatever your topic of interest is, there are many free classes on the internet.

One great idea is to look for people on your network who can virtually teach you. Independent professionals such as musicians, artists, and physical education teachers, for example, along with other entrepreneurs and small local businesses, will need all the support they can get.

Watch Live Streams of Famous Attractions and Attend Virtual Tours

With the internet, you can see the koalas of San Diego’s Zoo, or scope out Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, or visit the Sistine Chapel for free and from the comfort of your home. Good housekeeping has even provided a list of museums, zoos and other sites offering virtual tours and live or recorded images for free.

Go Offline

While the internet provides an infinite amount of possibilities to stay busy and entertained at home, let’s not forget the other many activities you can do outside of your computers.

Hang Out With Who You Live With

Sit down and catch up on each other’s lives. You can also listen to music, cook, play games, watch a movie, or do a puzzle together. The list of things to do together is endless.

Take Care of Yourself

Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure, do a facial mask, try auto massage, catch up on sleep, and take the time to meditate. You don’t need to go online for that—you can simply rest quietly and focus on your breathing.

Exercise Often

There is news of people all around the world exercising in their balconies along with their neighbors, like in Spain. Try to organize something like that in your home or simply workout alone in your living room. There are many free apps to help you with your sports routines, but know that you don’t necessarily need the internet to keep active. Squats, push ups, sit ups, and jumping jacks are all examples of simple exercises you could do on your own. Remember that exercising is one of the best ways to stay healthy, so no excuses!

Work on Household Chores

Try rearranging your furniture to make your home feel new and different. Organize your closets and separate items for donation. Take care of your plants and watch them grow.

Just Be Home

Take the opportunity you have to stay home to enjoy the company and unconditional love of your pet. Read that pile of books you have on your list. Practice your preferred hobby like playing an instrument, drawing, or painting. You can also work on your financial planning. How about organizing your income and expenses sheet for the next few months? Or even better: do your taxes!

Conclusion

It’s okay to feel sad, frustrated, and bored. You’re not alone with these feelings. But for the time being, try to see your home as a place of love and security. Look for information from reliable sources and, until you’re told otherwise, stay home as much as possible to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.

Source: iGrad

Taxpayers Should Be Aware of Coronavirus related Scams

COVID Tax Tip 2020-42, April 16, 2020

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for IRS impersonation calls, texts and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus or COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.

Here’s what taxpayers should know:

  • The IRS will not call, email or text you to verify or request your financial, banking or personal information.
  • Watch out for websites and social media attempts to request money or personal information. The official website is IRS.gov.
  • Don’t open surprise emails that look like they’re coming from the IRS or click on attachments or links.
  • Taxpayers should not provide personal or financial information or engage with potential scammers online or over the phone.
  • Forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov, then delete.
  • Go to IRS.gov for the most up-to-date information.

Here’s what people should know about the Economic Impact Payments:

  • The IRS will automatically deposit Economic Impact Payments into the bank account taxpayers provided on their 2019 or 2018 tax return for a direct deposit of their tax refund.
  • Those without a direct deposit account on file may be able to provide their banking information online through a new secure tool, Get My Payment..
  • Anyone who is eligible for an Economic Impact Payment and doesn’t provide direct deposit information will receive a payment mailed to the last address the IRS has on file.
  • The IRS does not charge a fee to issue the payment.

Scammers may:

  • Ask an individual to sign over their Economic Impact Payment check to them.
  • Ask for verification of personal or banking information.
  • Suggest that they can get someone tax refund or Economic Impact Payment faster by working on their behalf.
  • Issue a bogus check, often in an odd amount, then tell a person to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.

Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Economic Impact Payments can be found on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on IRS.gov. The IRS encourages people to share this information with family and friends. Many people who normally don’t normally file a tax return may not realize they’re eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

The Job Hunt

It hasn’t been only the workplace that has changed and been impacted by technology. So has the job hunt. Decades ago jobs were found through job centers, using local newspaper ads, finding vacancy postings in windows or by filing out a paper application and going to the place you wanted to work. Today, it’s common to find positions online, fill out an online application, use job app, or to have an employer contact you directly about openings they may have. Websites such as monster.com and Career Builder were founded in the mid-1990’s and many more have been created since then.

In the future to come, job seekers and hiring professionals can anticipate technology to continue to revolutionize the job hunt and improve productivity.

  • We now live in a digital world where a job seeker’s online presence is just as important as the resume. Candidates who want to land a job in the future will have to create a digital footprint that employers want to see. Recruiters will conduct a more complete review of their entire digital presence before considering an applicant.
  • In order to take advantage of freelancing opportunities professionals will need a strong social media presence, a clear value proposition and a personal business plan (revenue goals, rates, services, etc.).
  • As of 2016, over 50% of job applicants were initiated online. We can only expect that number to continue to rise with the benefits of using mobile technology becoming more apparent.
  • With the onset of the digital age, mobile devices, continue to rise in popularity. The trend has created a new phenomenon that’s only expected to grow – applying to jobs on the go. Nearly 79% of Millennials use their phones to apply to jobs.
  • With the emergence of artificial intelligence in the hiring and job search space candidates will have to become more comfortable with interacting with machines, from writing bot-friendly resumes to speaking to robots throughout the hiring process including interviews.
  • Job search platforms or services will ultimately become education hubs, offering skills-building services that also rate proficiency, making it easier for job-seekers to prove their quality to recruiters, with whom they would be matched.
  • E-commerce sites already deliver personalized shopping experiences and recommendations based on previous purchases. What if a job site could provide job seekers with better matches without even having to conduct a search?
  • With the availability of anonymous review sites like Glassdoor publishing reports that were not previously publicly available, job seekers and employees will continue to have more power and leverage.

Job searches are of the future are going to be a completely different experience with technology doing most of the heavy lifting. As career practitioners we need to prepare our clients to be successful in these new experiences.

Source: Shirley Rowe, owner of Front Rowe Consulting