Don’t Undervalue Yourself as a Temporary Employee
Temporary employees are increasingly in demand by employers today. However, for some reason the stigma of being a “Temp Employee” remains.
Before Anyone Else Will Recognized Your Skills; You Must Recognize Them in Yourself
As a temp employee you must ensure your skills and experience are not undervalued by those who employ you. Whether it is the temp agency or the actual workplace; you are there because you, your skills or your experience are needed and don’t let people convince you otherwise.
Why the Stigma?
A great question to ask is why is there such a stigma on temporary employees? What have they done to deserve the derogatory label. Temp employees or contractors provide a valuable service to businesses.
Many times the stigma comes from the permanent employees. In the manufacturing environment permanent employees do not necessarily like the idea of a temporary employee being able to come in an essentially do their job after only a couple of hours of training. The truth is no one likes to think they could be replaced that quickly; it is unsettling. In unionized work places temporary employees are also looked upon as “union busters” because they are not union members and therefore pay no dues. The more powerful unions will have clauses in the contract pertaining to temporary workers. They will attempt to control things like pay rates, time on the job, treatment, layoff priorities, etc. in an effort to protect the dues paying union members.
<h3Everyone wants those around them to believe their job is difficult and a job only they can do!
In some ways the stigma works to the advantage of and is perpetuated by the temp agencies. If temp employees see themselves as something less than a valued worker it is easier for the temp agencies to pay lower wages and therefore increase their profit. In fact staffing agencies are some of the most profitable businesses in today’s economy.
Raising Your Value in Your Own Eyes
You may not be able to change the minds of others, but you can at least raise the value of your skills and abilities in your own eyes. Create a skills list you can use when you write resumes, update on-line profiles, have phone or face-to-face interviews or simply talk to people you meet. Having this list prepares you for questions, but more importantly it raises your own self-esteem and that is key to self-confidence.
Greater Self-Confidence Helps when Negotiating Your Pay
The previous exercise of listing skills and experiences enables you to appreciate the value you bring to an employer. If you manage your temp career properly you will be exposed to more learning opportunities through your various assignments. More opportunity leads to more knowledge; which leads to more offers and better pay. When you understand what you have to offer your self-confidence is much higher.
Most temp employees lack self-confidence when they are talking to recruiters and hiring managers; it’s time to put an end to it!
Would you like to earn more as a temporary employee?
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Tom Staskiewicz writes on employment issues and has a special interest in temporary work. With over 15 years experience as a temporary employee working for multiple agencies and businesses he has a great perspective on what it takes to be successful as a temp. He has negotiated better starting pay and periodic raises for himself and others as temporary employees.
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