10 Best Temporary (and Part Time) Jobs
Interested in the 10 best temporary (and part time) jobs? Many businesses are slowly rebounding from the recession and creating jobs, though not quite like before. These positions are mostly part-time or on-call jobs but for some, this is ideal. Students, homemakers and those with show business aspirations may find that not having a full-time, permanent job is best for achieving long-term results. There are also those seeking a career change but want to test the waters before leaping.
- Nursing - Entry-level positions such as a certified nursing assistant (or orderly) can be obtained in a matter of weeks. By completing on-the-job training combined with studies in basic nursing care, a person can take a certification exam. Work can be found in health care facilities, convalescent homes or in private residences. There are also nursing registries that place experienced candidates whom may not desire full-time work or need a flexible schedule.
- Administrative support - This can include data entry on a special project or working as a virtual assistant for an overseas company. For anyone who has working knowledge of most word processing or spreadsheet programs such as Excel can find work with personnel agencies such as Robert Half International or AppleOne. There are also virtual opportunities online with outsourcing companies like eLance or oDesk.
- Accounting - Anyone with basic accounting or bookkeeping knowledge can have a flexible schedule while making decent money. Besides personnel services, many can find work with government agencies and private companies seeking someone on call. Though some entry-level positions do not require a degree, more companies are interested in hiring those who have education beyond high school.
- Teaching - With more public school systems cutting their budgets, more full-time teachers are retiring or leaving the profession altogether. This opens up opportunities for credentialed teachers who want to work as a substitute. For those who do not hold teaching credentials but have equivalent work experience, there are opportunities with vocational and adult schools. There are also continuing education franchises such as the Learning Annex or community colleges that need someone to teach non-credit courses.
- Drafter- In large cities, structures such as freeways and high-rises a being built or re-structured often, keeping architectural and construction firms busy. There was a time when drafters were needed on a full-time basis but many are beginning to hire contractors on a project-by-project basis. While drafting is more technical and less creative than graphic design, having computer-aided drafting(CAD) software knowledge is a marketable skill than can be utilized in many industries.
- Sales/Marketing - There are opportunities for anyone who can get anyone to listen and make a sale. From telemarketing to outdoor sales to passing out marketing materials such as flyers to working on a campaign, your skills can play a key role in a company's prosperity.
- Writing - As the Internet becomes part of everyday life, writing jobs abound. These can be general articles, business materials (such as white papers) or instructional pieces such as cooking and how-to's. Starting out, the pay is not great with most companies but experienced writers can find ongoing part time employment with blogs such as About.com or Suite 101. Knowledge of HTML and/or desktop publishing is recommended but not required to work.
- Inventory/retail merchandising - If a person can count quickly and record data in a timely manner, then they can find work as an inventory clerk or in retail merchandising. The key to being called for repeat assignments in to be able to think on one's feet and have an eye for details. These jobs normally do not require prior experience but a basic skills test may be administered in the hiring process.
- Mystery Shopping - This job is more about observation and less about shopping. The main goal is to act like a normal customer and not like someone who is working. The pay can be low and the work may be fairly easy or tedious but works best for someone who is responsible for paying bills or does the grocery shopping in their household.
- Hospitality - Anyone with food handling experience can find work with catering companies, hotels and staffing agencies. Those who have a good disposition, excellent hygiene, work efficiently and do not mind accommodating the public will find flexibility..