Why You Should Consider Temporary Jobs By Chioma Nkemdilim


Are you in a rut trying to find a job? Does it seem impossible to get a job in your area of expertise? Are you looking for a means to pay the bills while you are in between jobs? Then a temporary job is just what the doctor ordered.

Temporary jobs, as the name implies, are employments that are intended to last for a limited time. Temp jobs are great alternatives to the normal permanent jobs. A lot of people don’t consider this option, either due to ignorance or the cons involved. Their reasons are almost always in the line of, “I’d rather not stay in a job where there’s a low chance of my being retained” or “The pay isn’t encouraging at all” or “There are practically no benefits”. In my opinion, these are the words of ignorant persons. I would say don’t look at the big picture only, but also at the details.

Having a temporary job is a great way to get ahead in the labour market, while still enjoying some level of flexibility, in comparison to a permanent worker.

With temporary jobs, you gain experience and skill in fields you might not have otherwise considered, without having to be in it for the long haul. This is an added advantage for those confused about what career path to follow.

You can also build up your CV with the experience gained from times as a temp worker. This will give you an edge over your counterparts.

For most permanent workers, their time belongs to their employers. Not so if you are a temp. You get to choose your working time, giving you free time to engage in other pursuits. If you are not satisfied with the job, you have the freedom to switch jobs.

Sometimes, those in temporary jobs are retained by their employers. So, temp jobs are considered as ways to jumpstart your career or to skip joining the unemployment line. Just put in your best. It will speak for itself.

Working without pay (volunteering) or going through internship programs are great ways to acquire skills for some jobs. Say for example, planning and implementing a major fundraising event can develop goal setting, planning and budgeting skills. Supervising and training other volunteers helps to develop supervisory and training skills. A friend of mine studied Economics in the university. But while there, because of his love for capturing still images, he interned with a professional photographer. Today, he is a professional photographer with a BSc. in Economics and he’s making good money doing what he enjoys.

In most fields, one of their requirements is for you to have some level of experience.  No longer can a university graduate land an entry-level job with merely a bachelor’s degree and no prior work experience. This prevents quite a number of people from getting the kind of work that they desire. Temp jobs can easily help you navigate around that.

There are quite a number of high paying temporary jobs with good welfare packages which are classified as ‘contract jobs’ in Nigeria. Chevron, Shell and other multinational companies have a lot of contract staffs on their payroll.

I don’t know where you have been looking or how you have been searching but why not reach out to companies looking for temp workers? You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. Here is a great way to start:

  • Don’t wait until a company says they are hiring to submit your job application. Quite a number of job openings are never advertised, many positions are filled by word of mouth. So don’t keep it to yourself that you are looking for a job. As the saying goes, “No man is an island.”
  • Adopt a networking lifestyle. Keep in touch with people you know, establish new relationships and make valuable connections. Build good relationships with those around you. The secondary school friend you kept in touch with might have a relative looking for an employee. You never know.

You can look up these Nigerian websites to help in your temporary job search: Jobberman, Olx, NigeriaJobs, etc. Others include LinkedIn, 3Desk where employers find you or you are alerted when job openings come up.

The possibilities of getting a job are endless. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only limit to our realization tomorrow is our doubts today.” So do not limit your imagination.


Chioma Nkemdilim, through a stint working at a hospital, discovered that she didn’t want to be a medical doctor. She is alternatively an environmental health & safety professional and a freelance writer. She is one of the authors of the book “The Business Culture of the Igbos, A Model for the Nigerian Economy”. You can follow her on twitter @thatigbogirl and read her blog at thatigbogirl.wordpress.com



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