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Last week, we were all about employment indicators telling you about the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ September job numbers and CareerBuilder’s own quarterly forecast. Today, we’re going to focus on one of the biggest trends we noticed in the reports: the uptick in temporary employment opportunities.  

The CareerBuilder forecast found that, in the final quarter of 2010, more employers planned to hire temporary or contract employees than permanent ones, and the BLS reported that an increase in job openings in professional and business services was largely due to the addition of temporary workers.
Though many workers tend to shy away from temporary employment, seeing it as a back-up plan to landing a permanent job, taking on a temporary gig could be beneficial to your career in a number of ways. Namely, it can eliminate a potential “gap” on your résumé, give you the opportunity to explore a new career path and can even lead to a full-time job offer with your temporary company.
Additionally, despite the common belief that temp-workers switch jobs every few weeks, temporary jobs can actually provide a stable lifestyle. There is such thing as long-term temporary positions, which can last six months to a year or longer.
While many companies advertise their temporary positions right along with their permanent ones, it’s often easier to find a wide-range of temporary jobs through staffing firms, which list hundreds of available temp jobs all in one place. An added benefit is that some firms will also help you find a new assignment at the end of each temporary placement.
At CareerBuilder, we’re no stranger to staffing firms, and have thousands of temporary job listings across a wide range of industries right now. Here’s a sample of some of the top staffing firms that are currently hiring temporary workers.
Industry: Varied
Sample job titles: Forklift operator, mail clerk, copywriter
Industry: Accounting, finance
Sample job titles: Accounts receivable, payroll processor, accounting clerk
3. Volt
Industry: Varied
Sample job titles: Industrial painter, customer service representative, recruiting coordinator
Industry: Varied
Sample job titles: Delivery driver, senior financial analyst, machinist
Industry: Administration
Sample job titles: Administrative assistant, marketing assistant, sales assistant
Industry: Varied
Sample job titles: Mechanical drafter, billing clerk, warehouse worker
Industry: Legal
Sample job titles: Paralegal, contracts administrator, attorney
Industry: Varied
Sample job titles: Logistics manager, hand buffer/assembler, data entry processor  
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Registered nurse, surgical tech, licensed practical nurse
Industry: IT
Sample job titles: Java developer, search marketing analyst, web developer
*Hint: To narrow your search down to only temporary jobs from a company or staffing firm, type “Company name AND temporary” into the search field on CareerBuilder.com.
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