Summer jobs aren’t just for teens or college students. They are also great for adults due to their flexibility and short-term nature. They are an excellent way to explore new fields or make some more money. Summer temp work allows you to learn new skills, network, make extra money, and have flexibility. Summer jobs aren’t just lifeguards and camp counselors, but also construction workers, hospitality workers, retail workers, and more.
If you’ve been wondering about summer temp work, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you need to know about why summer is a great time to temp and what temping can do for you.
Temp Work Spikes During The Summer
This is due to a variety of factors. For instance, construction as an industry is typically busiest during the summer as it is the best time to work outside without worrying about rain or snow ruining a workday.
Many businesses experience increased customer volume during the summer months. For many industries, like construction, summer is a peak season. Many businesses decide to tackle short-term projects while the weather is nicer.
Temp work spikes during the summer because of increased short-term demand from these factors, and because many permanent employees use their vacation time to go on extended trips. This isn’t a bad thing, as permanent employees being able to go on vacations prevents company-wide burnout. But it does cause companies to need temp workers in order to maintain efficiency.
What Summer Temp Work Can Do For You
Temp work doesn’t have the best reputation. Many people worry that doing temp work will look bad on their resume, that it will cause them to get stuck doing nothing but temp work, and even that they won’t even be paid for the work that they do. They also worry about being treated as lesser than by their temporary employers and the permanent employees on the project.
We’ve addressed these concerns in our previous blogs, including: Can A Temp Agency Refuse To Pay You?, Can Temp Work Help You Switch To A New Career?, Ensuring That Temp Workers Are Respected In Your Workplace, and more. Scroll on through our previous blogs to learn more details about these questions.
All that said, temp work can be a great move for you to make. Regardless of whether you want to be a summer temp to get some extra money under your belt or because you’re thinking about a career change, here are some of the things that summer temp work can do for you.
Test Out Careers
Temp work allows you to test out a position before committing to a permanent route. This way, you can see if it is a good fit for you, while also giving you experience so you are better equipped to change careers, if desired.
This allows you to avoid going into a career that isn’t a good fit for you, as you can try it out, see if you like it, and if you don’t, you don’t have to take another assignment like it. You can test out all sorts of different positions and fields in order to find a good fit for you. Summer temp work also prevents resume gaps while job hunting.
Summer temp work is a good way to gain experience during a job search, as most companies want candidates who already have some experience. If you have no experience in that field and that’s barring you from getting a job in it, temp work allows you to do this. Summer temp work helps you to build confidence in new roles and skills.
Potential For Permanent Employment
Temp work can turn into a permanent position if the company has the bandwidth to expand their permanent team and you are a good fit. Plus, temp work gives many networking opportunities, so you can find jobs in ways you may not have considered before.
Something To Do
Summer temp work can give you something else to do with your time if you are someone like a teacher who finds their workload decreases during the summer months, between revamping curriculums and updating class activities.
Earn Extra Money
You can also take a temp job to earn some extra money, especially since teachers aren’t typically paid during the summer unless teaching summer classes. This can help you take yourself and/or your family on a nice vacation later on.
Since summer temp work allows for flexibility, if you want to take your own summer vacations, you can do this.
What About The Heat?
It’s only natural to be concerned about the heat if you are taking a summer temp job that is outdoors, as in the construction industry. OHSA doesn’t have specific temperature guidelines, as people are comfortable at different temperatures.
Check out our previous blogs 4 Crucial Summer Safety Tips For Outdoor Workers, Can You Leave A Shift If The Weather Is Bad, and Staying Hydrated And Preventing Heat Exhaustion for more information about temping in bad weather and how to stay safe.