Published on 2nd December 2014
Having worked as a temp and contract specialist for 10 years, I have noticed in recent times (and during the last year in particular) a real turn around in how temping or contracting can benefit marketing and BD candidates within professional services.
In a market that is very buoyant, with increasing pressure from employers to secure candidates with previous experience within the sector, the temp/interim market has become a great way for ambitious candidates, who can afford to be flexible, to really develop their careers.
Accelerate your career
I have witnessed many candidates who have ‘fast-tracked’ from assistant through to executive and manager level positions through taking on interim roles where they have had to go into a firm, hit the ground running and demonstrate their true potential within a short space of time.
I take genuine delight in seeing candidates that I have placed in interim roles ‘fast-track’ their careers (and their salaries!) either through moving between firms or by being promoted internally from an initial contract position because they are driven and determined to succeed, whatever it takes.
Gain experience across the BD & Marketing Mix
Such interim roles and assignments can often give candidates experience of projects they wouldn’t normally be exposed to and by adopting a “nothing to lose” attitude, many candidates handle these new challenges very successfully. This valuable experience in turn strengthens their CV, making them more attractive to future employees for more challenging posts, often with higher salaries.
Another real advantage for candidates who are willing to take the ‘plunge’ into the interim market is that they can bolster their skill sets in different areas across the BD and Marketing mix. This in turn enables them to identify which areas they would be keen to specialise in and/or if they would prefer to remain in a broader role. It is rare for candidates working in permanent roles to be able to gain such wide exposure and experience within such a limited time scale.
Furthermore, although traditionally interim candidates were exempt from the perks offered to permanent employees, I have recently witnessed many firms offering fantastic internal opportunities to interim contractors including overseas secondments, overtime, full benefits and access to their onsite facilities and clubs.
Temping doesn’t have to mean short-term
With many longer term options currently available (contracts of 12 months or longer), taking on a fixed-term contract can be a great way for a candidate to take advantage of these exciting career advancements. Similarly, taking the bold step of temping if you are from a broadly related sector, is a great way (due to your immediacy in terms of availability) to be able to gain exposure to professional services and really gauge if this could be where you future career lies.
In addition, there is the added advantage of a quicker interviewing process and the potential of working for a great firm who perhaps might not have considered you for a permanent opportunity due to a lack of experience or other reason.
Temping can be a great way of getting that real door opener on your CV and remember, temp contracts can very often lead into permanent positions!