Is a Temp Job Right for You?

Sep 20, 2021

What is a Temp Job?

It’s not unusual for companies to hire temporary staff to fill in for the holiday season, to cover for full-time employees’ family leave, maternity leave or vacations. Temporary jobs (temp jobs) offer you a short-term job with an employer – to fill in during periods of high customer demand or forecasted need. They’re a great way for unemployed workers to get back to work and gain valuable experience and career-building skills and contacts.

Temporary positions typically involve a short-term contract, and they usually don’t offer benefits, unless the temp employee has been working with the staffing firm for an extended period of time.

What is a Temp Agency?

Temp agencies are recruiting firms that help businesses staff up when they are anticipating shortages in manpower, or when they are forecasting a need for additional support. Temp agencies help companies recruit staff and they help workers find immediate placements. Many companies have found that working with a recruiting agency is the most cost-effective strategy. A temp agency also has the expertise and tools to help workers find an ideal position – whether it’s temporary placement, temp-to-hire, seasonal hiring, or a full-time position.

Benefits of a Temp Job

With a recruiter’s professional experience, you can improve access to the quantity and the quality of available positions. Taking on a temporary placement demonstrates that you are employable. And job seekers who sign with a temporary agency, like Friday Services, don’t pay any fees to work with a temp agency because they are covered by companies seeking the support of temporary staff. Professional staffing agencies can assist you with resume writing, preparation for an interview, how to dress, and how to build your professional skills.

No doubt, temp work is a smart way to boost your skill set and experience on your resume – demonstrating to potential employers that you’ve got the chops, as a candidate, to take on their assignments. In fact, there are distinct advantages to making accepting professional placements:

  • The chance to “try out” a new position
  • The flexibility to explore new careers, or change careers
  • Important networking connections
  • Opportunities to gain valuable job references
  • The flexibility to travel

No matter what stage in your work life you are – temporary professional placements allow you to explore new career fields, jump on the fast track to a new job with free education and hands-on experience. Firms like Friday Services have a network in place to help match you to the type of positions you’re most interested in, and the kind of positions that can work to further your career.

Temp vs Part-Time Workers

Part-time work differs from temp work in that part-time positions offer a limited schedule of hours for a non-defined, or open-ended period of time – meaning there’s no end date. Temp jobs can actually involve full-time work, but terms are defined by a contract – so, there’s a defined start date and end date.

A temporary professional placement may offer you the chance to learn new technical skills, participate in new workflow processes and become accomplished on new software platforms or programs. Temp firms like Friday Services offer advantages like Skills Improvement Training – potentially qualifying you for a higher paying position. You’ll find free, self-guided computer software training is available at all of Friday’s locations by appointment:

  • Keyboarding
  • Windows
  • Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint

Other benefits can include Holiday Pay after 1200 work hours within the latest 12 months and one week of Vacation Pay after at least one year of service and at least 1500 hours within the latest 12 months. And two weeks of vacation pay after at least two years of service, and at least 1500 working hours the first year of service, and at least 1800 hours within the current 12 months.

If you work regularly for Friday Services, you are also eligible for an affordable insurance plan. And you are able to increase your coverage or add your immediate family members for an additional amount. You may add Dental or Vision coverage for yourself and your family for an additional fee. Premiums can be automatically deducted from your pay.


Temp-to-Hire placements offer a win/win proposition. This approach allows companies to hire staff on a temporary basis in order to evaluate them for a long-term job placement. Likewise, it gives temp workers active experience in a career field, or with a specific employer, before making any kind of long-term commitment.

Friday Services

We want to position you for success!
At Friday Services, we’ve been helping talented people find the right temp jobs and temp-to-hire positions at the right companies since 1980. We excel at helping our staff find placements with organizations that appreciate their talent. Along the way we offer helpful training, professional resources and expert advice to bring out the best in your working experience – regardless of your position or the industry in which you work.

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