Accepting a job that is designed to last for a fixed amount of time has its benefits. Contract roles can offer you greater flexibility, a better work/life balance and the opportunity to increase hourly earnings.
More and more jobs in Belgium are being offered on a contract basis and more and more professionals consider themselves to be "career contractors".
What are the benefits of contract employment and what can it bring to your resume?
Find work quickly when needed
Looking to find a job sooner rather than later? Taking on a temporary role can often be a much shorter process, may help you close gaps on your resume or enable you to get your foot in the door if you’re trying to get into a particular firm or industry.
Experiment until you find your ideal career
Along with the varying experience you can obtain within a company, temping also allows you to gain experience across different industries, offices, locations and environments. The majority of people do not stick with the initial company they work for or initial career path, and temping allows you to try different things until you find what interests you most.
"Contract jobs provide professionals with the opportunity to test their capabilities within new environments, helping them to make the next all-important career decision, all the more easier and constructive"
The ability to learn new skills
Temporary contracts are a great way to boost your resume, as on-the-job experience is often one of the main things employers look for when hiring staff. The variety that comes with working in contract roles enables you to grow and increase your skills base, industry knowledge, experience and exposure to dynamic environments.
Exposure to different environments
On top of being specialists in their field or expertise, the strengths of contract workers lie in their ability to quickly fit into an organisation and deliver results, expertly managing key projects.
The flexible nature of temporary work can be a big plus for those who find it difficult to commit to a permanent post. Contract positions enables professionals to have a bit more control over their own schedule, providing them with a much better work/life balance. Contracting while you're travelling is also an interesting option and there are contract roles available both nationally and internationally.