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Written by Abby Kohut   

The Economist Magazine published an article entitled "You're Hired—Next Year", which describes different methods that companies are employing to hire talent. Some companies are offering deferred start dates to employees, some are marketing benefits of employment differently, and still others are simply delaying their decisions to make offers for a quarter or two. And then there are the temporary and consulting opportunities that are beginning to sweep the nation.

The article says that Allan McKisson of Manpower believes that "companies should be adopting a "ramp-up plan" and hiring new talent now, to ensure that they are firing on all cylinders when the economy rebounds." According to a survey carried out by Watson Wyatt, a consulting firm, "the hiring of freelancers and consultants has become more common, allowing companies to avoid spending on employee benefits and delay hiring decisions until the economy picks up."

There are many good reasons to consider searching for and accepting a temporary or consulting assignment. Here are some of them:

1) Temporary assignments generally involve a shorter interview process.
This allows you to get your foot in the door at a new company relatively quickly. Once you are in, it's time to shine like you have never shined before. Make every effort to complete you work before it is due, even if you have to work on your own time to do it. But, be especially cautious about your work quality as that is what really counts.

2) A temporary assignment is a "try and buy" for you.
How often do you wish that you could see inside a crystal ball before you accept an offer? How many times have you wished that you knew the inside scoop about the company and the manager before your made a decision to spend the next 3 years at the company? Enter the temporary assignment! Voila - crystal ball!

3) A temporary assignment doesn't have to be temporary.
I can't count the number of people that I know who have started out in consulting assignments that eventually became permanent. One of my friends signed up for a 3 month assignment in an HR department which later became a 12 month assignment, and then finally became a permanent offer just two weeks ago. Another friend of mine, in the IT field, networked her way into a consulting assignment with a top echelon clothing designer, and then received an offer after just 6 months. It happens more often than not…if you excel at what you do.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Look at a temporary or consulting job that comes your way as a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talents. Who knows? This "temporary" assignment just might grow into the ideal job that you have been waiting for!
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!