The use of contract work is on the rise in the United States, providing functional opportunities for people during any part of their careers.
The American Staffing Association's index that measures the state of contract employment in the United States increased for July to 94, up 2.1 percent from July of last year. These numbers indicate that contingent labor is becoming more incorporated into the recovering U.S. economy.
According to a story from the local ABC in Wisconsin, contract hires across the country are growing at a rate 10 times that of permanent hires. This news need not be discouraging for those who are seeking full time employment, as it can be a convenient way for those who do not currently have a job to develop their skills for a future career. It can also serve as a viable option for those who are looking to transition into retirement but still wish to have an income.
Using Contract Workers Flexibility
An article in ABQ Journal highlights the variety of ways that one can use their contingent workforce experience to build his or her resume. It explains while some might be concerned that a resume that includes contract positions would look as if the applicant was a "job hopper," this is not the case. Employers tend to be more concerned about the skills that a job seeker has gained than the type of job in which he or she gained them, meaning so long as the applicant is honest about the contract position, the skills will become more prominent.
For those looking to work their way out of a full time job and into retirement, contract employment can be a nice alternative, as the jobs would have an end date, allowing the worker to set his or her own schedule.
For a job seeker in any employment situation, alternative staffing agencies that offer performance-based flexible labor solutions can help train employees on the job while at the same time providing compensation based on how well they completed the task, giving the worker incentive to use the skills they learned to the best of their ability.