Everything Job Seekers Need to Know About Temporary Employment

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Everything Job Seekers Need to Know About Temporary Employment

What is Temporary Employment?

Job seekers ask us that all the time. We went to the user community at Wikipedia for a good high-level definition: 

Temporary work or temporary employment (also called gigs) refers to an employment situation where the working arrangement is limited to a certain period of time based on the needs of the employing organization. Temporary employees are sometimes called “contractual”, “seasonal”, “interim”, “casual staff”, “outsourcing”, “freelance”; or the words may be shortened to “temps”.

That’s a pretty good objective 10,000-foot definition, but job seekers want to dig deeper. 

In this post, we’re going to drill down into the details of the upside and the downside of temporary work positions. We’re also going to discuss the critical role that temporary staffing agencies play in the process.

Career decisions and changes, including temporary employment, can be personally challenging. You should always consider these types of changes from all angles. You should also consider engaging professional assistance whenever possible.    

At Top Notch Personnel, we help candidates strategically navigate the job markets in the Witchita, KS region, including temporary employment solutions. We’ll help you find the best-of-the-best skilled labor jobs available. We focus on candidates just like you, and we take every client’s job search personally. We want to understand your career goals and job preferences completely before starting our search process. Call one of our recruiting professionals at 316-425-4501, and ask about our temporary recruitment services, or get in touch online today!   

How Do Temp Jobs Work?

Temporary staffing solutions allow employers to balance workforce to workload disparities. Temporary workers enable companies to ramp up their workforce to meet temporary demands. These demands can be seasonal or based on temporary circumstances like increased production to fill large orders, etc.

How Long Do Temp Jobs Last?

There should also be a definite time limit on positions filled by temporary workers. The time limit lets the employer, the temp staffing agency, and the employee know the guidelines. The US Department of Labor states this limitation as a maximum of one year. The Department of Labor also recommends a clearly defined end date for temporary employees. 

What are the Advantages of Temporary Employment?

Temporary employment positions can be super-beneficial to workers in all stages of their career development. Here are just a few: 

  • Resume Building 
  • Development of Skills and Acquiring Certifications  
  • Expanding Professional Network 
  • Testing a Career Change 
  • Flexibility—Earn a Nice Paycheck While You Strategize Your Next Major Career Move 


No matter where you are in your career, you can always use additional references, certifications, and skills on your resume. And if you could use some help polishing up your resume, or you’re thinking about career counseling, we can help.

Temporary jobs can also provide an excellent opportunity to expand your network of job references and professional peers.

Maybe you’re considering a career change, but you’re not ready to commit fully. Temp, and temp-to-hire, positions can offer unique opportunities to test out a potential new career shift you’ve been considering.

Can a Temp Job Become Permanent?

Yes. A temp job can become permanent through a temp-to-hire service provided by a temporary staffing agency or an organic process. Sometimes a temporary employee simply does such a great job that the employer decides to hire them. Circumstances can also sometimes lead to the interim position becoming permanent. 

Temp-to-hire can be an excellent way for prospective employees to evaluate employers and vice versa. It’s a great way for both sides of the hiring equation to assess each other without the process of an official full-time employee onboarding.  

What are Temporary Staffing Agencies?

Staffing agencies are job recruitment specialists who provide workforce management services, often including temp and temp-to-hire. Top Notch Personnel is a full-service staffing agency that provides temporary staffing as part of its core platform of workforce management solutions. We’re focused on the best-of-the-best employment opportunities in the Witchita, KS region.  

How Do Temp Agencies Work?

When employers hire full-time workers, they pay all of the employee’s payroll and ancillary benefits, including:

  • Health Insurance and Health Benefits
  • Financial Benefits (401k, etc.)
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Vacation
  • Unemployment and Workers Compensation Benefits
  • Managed Payroll, Including Payroll Taxes, Unemployment Taxes, etc.

With temps, the staffing agency pays the temporary employee’s wages and any applicable benefits. Benefits are always subject to employment terms.  

Temp and temp-to-hire positions can be highly effective for job seekers looking for a great paycheck with no definitive long-term commitment to the hiring company.

Engaging with a professional recruiter, like Top Notch Personnel, can provide additional benefits to temporary work candidates, including:

Streamlined Candidate Experience

Recruiters do the job searching for you based on your criteria.

Specialized Job Placement

Recruiters work to place candidates in positions that will showcase their skills, and they understand the local hiring market intimately.

Interview and Resume Preparation Assistance are Available to Make Sure You Get Noticed!

Communication Throughout the Process

Your recruiter will communicate with you throughout the temporary employment process and assist if you’re unhappy with the placement.

Does temp or temp-to-hire sound like something you’re interested in?

We can help you get started with professional advice on resume preparation and interviewing. After that, it’s our goal to introduce you to your next employer so you can start setting up your direct deposit payroll account!    

At Top Notch Personnel, we’ll help you strategically navigate the job markets in the Witchita, KS region. We’re not a job board with millions of candidates—we’ll help you find the best-of-the-best jobs available in the region. We focus on candidates just like you every day, and we take every client’s job search personally. 

We want to understand your career goals and job preferences completely before starting our search process. Call one of our recruiting professionals at 316-425-4501, or get in touch online today!   

How Can You Get Started on the Path to an Awesome Temporary Job?

Engage with a Top Notch recruiting and staffing agency that knows the Wichita region to help you with your search.

A motivated recruiting firm like Top Notch can streamline the hiring process by helping you find the perfect employer. We want you to work for a company that values your contributions.

Why settle for just any job when you can choose an opportunity uniquely suited to you? Top Notch Personnel is a staffing and recruiting firm based in Wichita, KS, that specializes in helping job seekers throughout the area find their ideal opportunity.

You work hard. Don’t you deserve a job where you are valued and appreciated?

The right job is about more than just matching skills to job requirements. It also requires learning about the kinds of job environments you will thrive in and asking the right questions to ensure that the employer and employee are a perfect match.

Don’t settle for less than Top Notch. Our name says it all.

Top Notch Personnel is what we provide to employers—talented people like you! Our recruiters spend the time and effort it takes to ensure we have the right people with the skills, experience, and work ethic that our employer partners expect. Throughout the entire search and hire process, we will treat you and your future employer with the respect you both deserve. 

At Top Notch Personnel, we’ll treat you as an individual, not just a number. When you call our construction, manufacturing, aircraft, or contact-center recruiters, they know who you are and are invested in your success. 

Our recruiters will always put you first. 

Ask about our employee benefits. A great job is only the beginning. Benefits are what transform a job into a career. This means health insurance, pay cycles you can depend on, professional advice that can help you make a great impression in an interview, and someone to help you plan a long, successful career. 

Are you ready to work for a company that values you?

Some staffing and recruiting firms put their clients first. At Top Notch, we focus our efforts equally on job candidates and hiring clients. We can’t succeed unless you’re happy with your job, and we want to make sure that happens.

At Top Notch Personnel, we help candidates, just like you, find their dream job every day!

Call us today at 316-425-4501, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call.