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How Temporary Work Can Help You Build Skills Employers Want

Working with a staffing service can be just a paycheck, or it can be more. Your time in temporary employment positions is actually an excellent opportunity to build skills that employers today are looking for. What are some of these skills? And how can temporary work help you grow yours? Discover a few of the most crucial. 1. Teamwork In unsettled and challenging times, every employer needs their staff to work together toward a single goal. So it makes sense that pandemic-era employers prioritize candidates who demonstrate that they can be that team player everyone needs. Temporary positions give you the chance to work on various teams of various sizes and with various goals. Any of these experiences can be useful as interview anecdotes showing off your team-playing skills. 2. Leadership At first glance, temporary work may not seem like a natural fit for developing leadership skills. After all, you may not be in a position very long, and it rarely involves formal leadership positions. But you can still develop your own personal leadership abilities in many situations. Take the initiative on a project that the client hasn’t been able to finish. Learn about the company’s ethos and personality, then work to support it personally. Be there for your coworkers and temporary bosses when they need someone to go the extra mile. And ask how you can be of service to coworkers, then fulfill that.  3. Digital and Technical Skills It’s a modern world, and those who are used to working with its tools will have a leg up against candidates who aren’t. How updated are your technological and digital skills? Can you use the most modern versions of common software? Do you keep up with developments in your field or industry? Do you consistently expand your knowledge base? If your technical skill set could use some expansion, temporary positions are a good resource. This is because they involve different companies, different software and equipment, and different job positions. Look for opportunities to learn or update your modern skills at every client’s workplace. Let your staffing service know that you’re open to training and taking on new challenges. 4. Problem Solving The pandemic years have created a whole host of new and ongoing problems for most employers. Whether with business downturns, shipping delays, overwork, or moves to remote work, employers have to constantly pivot to keep up with changes. And

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5 Ways Temporary Staffing Helps Older Workers at a Crossroads

As you age, your role in the workforce may become more confusing. While some workers reach the pinnacle of career success in their 50s and 60s, others find their career has languished and they want (or need) something new. You may have reached an obstacle to further growth or grown tired of doing the same thing for so many years. You may even wonder if you’re still relevant alongside younger workers.  How can you beat these challenges and find new inspiration during this crossroads in your career? One way is to use a temporary staffing service. Discover five ways you can use this resource to find new direction. 1. Learn New Skills Keep yourself relevant and valuable to employers by continually updating and improving your skill set. While you can do this in several ways, such as returning for more education, one of the most effective methods is to try new things first-hand on new jobs. When you take a different position, you’re organically introduced to new ways, new techniques, and different technology. You might learn something completely new and find you take to it immediately. Or you might be able to put to work a skill you previously only learned about in theory. Temporary agencies offer a wide variety of learning opportunities because they work with many different employers.  2. Try New Industries Job doldrums may not be the fault of your type of work but rather issues within the industry. Many mature workers who have spent years in various fields have accumulated many transferrable skills and talents. If you’re a financial professional fed up with a punishing corporate office culture, for instance, you might consider taking those financial skills to the construction industry, nonprofits, or startups.  3. Widen Your Network Networking is important for all workers but is

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Retiring Early? How to Decide If You Should Work Part-Time

If you plan to retire fairly early, you face the decision about what you will do with your time afterward. Most Americans rightly look at their retirement as their big chance to travel, to enjoy leisure time, and to spend more time with friends and family. But should your retirement plans include working part-time? The answer may be yes, and for a variety of reasons. And if so, how should you approach work after retiring? Here are some answers to your questions. 

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