Temp Work: Pros and Cons

Article originally appeared in: Cassidy Education by Ashley Andrews

This article nails it. I started off as a temp worker for Brent International School in Subic when I was a fresh grad (or shall we say, fresh out of med school), and that’s the time I decided when I can actually work as a teacher. That environment was enabling and nice that I actually fell in love with teaching. However, getting a job in that workplace is tough because it takes care of its employees very well that the teachers don’t want to leave. I knew I wanted to be in, and so I worked as a temp as it provided me one step inside the house! Obviously that door led me to other places but I know for sure that if it had not be for temping, I know I won’t be in this place now!

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So, you have just finished your university degree!  You have celebrated with friends and family, it is only now you are realising you’ve spent the last seventeen years or more in a formal educational setting.  Now, you are given the most daunting task in your young life – getting your first job!

Many feel the pressure within a few hours of graduating. I know I did, so I went ahead and interviewed for a few companies, made use of the career centre on campus, but all my efforts were essentially fruitless in my search for the ‘dream job’ — one that would satisfy my passions and set me on the right path.

After several applications and interviews I finally found a job as a temporary employee. One year later, it turned out to be a great way to gain an insight on work environments and it allowed me the time needed to reevaluate career goals. I look back on those times with fondness and no regrets.

In case you find yourself in a similar situation, we at Cassidy Education have put together a list of some of the advantages and disadvantages in taking temporary work.

Advantages

Gain Experience

Temping is a great opportunity to see experience different company cultures and discover what you prefer as an employee. It may be that you work best in a fast-paced environment, hate sitting at a desk or like working with children.Temping is a fantastic way to discover the things you are good at and what you really enjoy doing. You are often exposed to career fields you might otherwise never have known, allowing you to make more informed career choices going forward.

Exposure

Temping can help you gain visibility in a crowded and uncertain job market. Plus, if you are just entering the job market, a temporary job could be one of the best ways to get your foot in the door to a permanent position.

As a temp worker, you’ll be represented and will benefit from our vast contact list and our inside knowledge on who’s hiring and what they’re really looking for.

Permanent Employment Potential

If a permanent role is what you ultimately want, the best thing you can do is be a pleasure to work with.  Once you’re on the job as a temp, the employer gets a chance to see you shine. Don’t be surprised if what started out as a week’s assignment turns into a permanent job offer. When that time comes, you’ll know if this is a company that you want to stay with long-term. You don’t have to accept the offer but if you do, be sure to let your recruitment consultant/agency know.

Take Advantage of the Flexibility

Many temp jobs will be 40 hours a week until your assignment is over, when the assignment ends you have the flexibility and can take some time-off if you want. You can also use this flexibility to continue searching for jobs that fall more in line with your career desires, while building on your experiences, skill sets and of course your all important CV.

Make sure to maintain some contact with your consultant and take the occasional placement to ensure they will want to continue working with and representing you.

Be Qualified

Make sure your job knowledge and technical skills are current and up to date. Now that you are entering the job market, agencies and employers are looking for people with first-rate skills.  You must stay sharp to find employment, including temping, make your best efforts at all times.

Seek ways to increase your knowledge and become a ‘mini-expert’ in your field you’ll want to present yourself as uniquely well-informed. Obtain certifications when available.

A combination of classwork and on-the-job experience is the ideal way to prepare yourself for a new line of work. If you can prove that you have some basic skills, it may be that we place you in jobs where you can work under supervision and further enhance your skill set.

Disadvantages

There’s always a downside:

  • You may feel isolated
  • There is a lack of certainty about income
  • You may not have health insurance, a pension plan, or paid vacations
  • There aren’t many disadvantages to temping – but if you like the security of a regular job and being around a consistent circle of peers, you may find temping unfulfilling.
  • Although temping can be great for building skills and knowledge, there is a  high turnover rate.
  • Full-time employment is NOT a guarantee.

In the end, being a temp worker has both advantages and disadvantages. Soak it all up and we hope this helps you make a decision when you are faced with the opportunity to apply for, accept, or deny a temporary position. Good luck and make the most out of temping and all the advantages it offers!

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How To Ace a Teaching Interview

So you decided you want to be a teacher. What’s not to like? Hanging out with kids, playing with them, school holidays, free lunches… the list is endless.

What to do next? Get hired. Personally speaking, I went to the first International School in the nearest vicinity of my uncle’s house in Subic Bay when I was visiting them. Out of boredom – and the lure of the grandeur of working in a top tier international school – I decided to make a resume and went to the HR Department personally to submit my credentials. Lo and behold the principal interviewed me immediately and got called back after three days to start as a substitute teacher.

I’m not an expert in teaching interviews but I think I’ve done a lot of it these past years and I wanna share the things that worked well for me, and these are the things I did.

1. Look the part. When I get an email that reads “I am interested to hold an interview with you…” I immediately think, Oh what am I supposed to wear? It’s not that I am vacuous or I use it as an excuse to shop. I know that I am qualified for the job because they have read my resume and they are just looking for the people who “fits” right with their organization.

You need to fit in. People are visual creatures. Clothes reflect your personality, how you know your industry, sophistication, etc. Know your field. It would be quite awkward to go to a kindergarten position with 4-inch heels. Instead, go for a low-key, smart and neat look – preferably with neutrals. Do not go blingy, and never wear jeans. Wear closed-toed shoes, or peep-toes. Check your makeup, practice the no-makeup makeup look and you’ll be fine. Because you will…

2.  Be confident. So you look the part now. Well done. You are comfortable in your own skin, you feel beautiful and empowered and ready to take on the world. That’s not enough. You need to study. Research about the job description, job profile, expectations, the school, the company you’re interviewing with. What the problems are in classrooms and how you will solve it, or at least manage it. How do you keep children engaged? These will serve as your talking points to keep the conversation going. Think of it as a conversation and enjoy it. When you enjoy something, that’s it. Done deal.

3. Be early. Fifteen minutes lead time is good. You don’t want to be there too early as you’ll stress yourself by waiting and worrying, but you don’t want to be there three minutes before the interview time panting and sweating. Oh and bring music to pump you up.

4. Turn your phone to silent mode. Nuff said.

5. Be Yourself. Walk into the room, smile, look everyone in the eye and do the usual “good morning” greetings. It’s okay to be feeling anxious because that’s normal. It’s okay to be thirsty too – I never turn down a cup of coffee or a glass of water being offered to me – and I think that says a lot about you. Plus it will be more relaxed and natural that way. Remember what your teacher said? Honesty is the best policy.

6. Answer Questions Well. Again, be honest. If you don’t know the answer, say you don’t know – BUT – you always want to learn more. You need to want to learn more if you want to succeed in this profession anyway. Plus, who wants to work with you if you’re a know-it-all? People want to be with curious, pro-active and enthusiastic people and that’s what you are. Don’t give cliche answers like “I have a passion for teaching” if asked to tell about yourself. Trust me, these teachers interviewing you have BS detectors. Also, eliminate the “uhs”, “ums” and “ahhhhs”. Be clear and succinct.

7. Ask Good Questions. Ask a question or two at the end of the interview. Remember you are trying to make a good impression here. Asking a question means that you are interested and you have studied the school and you want to be there. Ask something that you are curious about, like how much time do I need to prepare for a class? Or if the lunch menu offers a vegetarian option?

8. Thank Everyone. Okay interview’s done. Wear the same smile that you wore when you arrived and be genuinely grateful for the opportunity and the time these people have given you. Head home and write an email to your interviewers stating how much you enjoyed it and how you are looking forward to their email and that you have enjoyed the conversation. Tell them that they can contact you at anytime. Send it immediately.

More than anything, congratulate yourself for scoring an interview. If you don’t get the job, remember that it’s not a personal reflection of you as a person or a professional. Remember that. It’s the “fit”. Learn as much as you can from the experience though, and know that you can ace it.

Best of luck!

 

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Useful links:

10 Tips to Help You Ace Your Teaching Job Interview

How to Ace an Interview