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Temp work may be fastest route to your dream job in today's job market
The following article was written by Mary McIninch, Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Search Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS), as a Special to the Postmedia Network, and published in the Education & Careers section of the Toronto Sun on Wednesday June 15, 2016.
|Temp work may be fastest route to your dream job in today's job market
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Anyone searching for a job today knows the labour market is in the middle of a huge transformation. The reality of head count decreases -- necessary for higher productivity and cost containment -- has resulted in a situation where organizations are being more targeted in their development of talent.
"Globalization, low productivity, wage pressure and talent shortages have turned employers into consumers of work, focused on meeting specific long and short-term needs," explains Nadia Ciani, president, Association of Canadian Search Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS) and vice-president, People & Culture North American Consult Team ManpowerGroup. "No longer do we have a job for life with traditional full-time salaried employment. Employers are considering workforce strategies that include diverse alternate work arrangements, such as temporary, contract, seasonal, etc."
Employers are increasingly relying on outside partners in the search and employment industry to find candidates who bring very tailored skills, support flexibility in their hiring and take less time to produce results.
Interesting opportunities are available to enterprising job seekers who want to enhance their skills and are open to what we call the temporary or contingent job market. It offers candidates everything from traditional, entry-level administration roles to more specialized senior jobs in IT, sales or the trades. This market may be tailor-made for the 21st century worker, a multicultural and multi-demographic group of Millenials, Gen Xers, Boomers with unique skills, needs and demands. They know job security no longer exists and their focus is finding meaningful work that offers a pay cheque, without compromising their lifestyle, values and family obligations.
How to thrive in the contingent workplace?
1. Find the right "career coach" and agency
Today search and employment agencies are not one size fits all. Many are global leaders that specialize in a specific industry and skill. Visit ACSESS's member directory to search more than 1,000 Canadian agencies bound by ACSESS's code of ethics. If the agency you are considering doesn't participate in an organization that sets and enforces ethical standards, develops best practices, and is current with all legislation and regulations, how professional are they? How good a job will they do for you?
"Don't be afraid to meet with a few consultants to feel confident that the person understands your skills, your goals and works with an impressive roster of clients to secure the right placement. You want to ensure they will work on your behalf," says Ted Maksimowski, owner and franchise developer, Express Employment Professionals.
2. Building a relationship with the consultant(s)
Business has always been about relationships and nothing is more true today. Even if the agency places you in a full-time job, remember to stay in touch. "Your consultant is your career partner and may represent you during your entire career," says Ciani. "We look after the needs of our candidates and if the role you're in is not a good fit, we will help you make new connections. Our clients are amongst the top employers in Canada and we can help you make professional connections."
3. Compensation and benefits
Most of us assume there are no benefits or perks when doing contingent work and that the pay will be below market. "We know what the market pays and the benefits offered for each skill set type and position, and can advise you and the company on what is fair," says Maksimowski. "Know what you are taking on. Be sure to read the fine print and ask lots of good questions. Ask if you can job shadow someone doing your position. But remember, the clock is ticking. An employer is as anxious to fill their need for specific talent, as you are to propel your career forward.
— Mary McIninch, B.A., LL.B., is the executive director of the Association of Canadian Search Employment and Staffing Services. It is the only association that represents the staffing industry in Canada and has more than 1,000 member offices, from Vancouver, B.C. to St. John's, Newfoundland, Members have a combined payroll of $4 billion and represent all facets of the industry.