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Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021 (and How You Can Adapt): Part 2

Temporary, Freelance, and Contract Work Will Be on the Rise  

By Robert Francos

“During an uncertain economy, firms often rely more on temporary or project professionals,” de la Cruz says. “They may feel cautious about hiring, but at the same time they don’t want to be understaffed and have work that must get done.” That means you’ll probably see more job postings that fall under the temporary, temp-to-hire, contract, or freelance categories. And while the freedom and variety that comes with temp work may be intriguing to some, the more uncertain nature of it can also cause understandable anxiety.

Temporary work has its pros and cons. On the one hand, it can be discouraging if the only jobs you’re able to find don’t guarantee work past a specific date or, worse, don’t offer health insurance. But on the other hand, there’s a chance that a contract role could turn into something more permanent in the future. Plus, freelancing can be a great way to strengthen your skill set, build your resume, or break into a new industry.

How to Adapt:

·         Embrace the perks of temp work. Temporary work can be a workable short-term solution. It can be a great way to bridge a gap on your resume or build new skills. “For those who are struggling to get their foot in the door in a new job or industry, temp work is one of the best ways to build a resume,” says Bavol. “I learned so much and got exposure to a lot of different industries.”

·         But be realistic about what will work for you. Some job seekers may be able to embrace temp work as a long-term solution, while others may look at it as a short-term experiment or use it as a way to supplement their income until something more stable materializes. Whatever your circumstances, take stock of your finances to determine what could work for you.

·         Communicate your intentions. Companies are adopting temporary working arrangements because the future is a bit uncertain at the moment. But that will change. “Companies complement regular staff with highly skilled consultants or freelance professionals who offer specialized abilities and expertise. These positions oftentimes become staff positions,” de la Cruz points out. So if your goal is to join the team, be sure to let your temporary employer know.

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You can view the full original article by Jaclyn Westlake, of The Muse, at: https://www.themuse.com/advice/job-search-trends-tips-2021