Menlo Park, Calif. --Managers want to see that job applicants have the relevant skills for the position, and one way to gain this experience in a tight labor market is through project work, according to OfficeTeam, a specialized staffing firm for administrative professionals.
The national survey includes responses from 150 executives--including those from human resources, finance, marketing, information technology and operations departments--from some of the nation's 1,000 largest companies.
Executives were asked, "When evaluating job applicants, would you consider a long period of consistent temporary work as comparable to full-time work?" Their responses:
No answer 1%
"During a downturn, temporary assignments offer professionals the opportunity to maintain an income while building their experience," said Diane Domeyer, Executive Director of OfficeTeam.
Domeyer says the skills required to succeed as a temporary employee--learning quickly, adapting to change and communicating well--are equally valuable to firms seeking full-time employees.