Why You Should Consider a Temporary Assignment in Behavioral Health

You’re ready to find a new behavioral health opportunity, but right now, you’re only searching for permanent positions. The thing is, the traditional route isn’t always the best one.  

No doubt, you’ve heard about temporary employment, but you’ve never seriously considered it. You might not realize it, but taking on a short-term role could open doors you never imagined. 

Why You Should Consider a Temporary Assignment in Behavioral Health

Find Your Ideal Work Environment 

Behavioral health jobs come in a variety of settings  i.e., clinics, hospitals, private practices  and each one is very different. If you don’t have experience working in a range of facilities, you don’t really know your preference. Temporary assignments can help you determine your best fit, because you’re able to test drive as many settings as you want, with no long-term obligation to stay put. 

Learn New Skills 

Every behavioral health job is a learning experience. By accepting temporary assignments, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a variety of skills in a short period of time. This can seriously bulk up your resume, making you more marketable to future employers. If you’re new to the behavioral health field or trying to make a comeback after some time away, this can be monumentally helpful. 

Expand Your Network 

Working as a behavioral health temp means you’ll have a new set of co-workers on every assignment. Who you know can make all the difference in your career  and you’ll certainly know a lot of people in the field after completing even a few assignments. If you make a good impression, they’ll want to stay in touch and help you in any way they can. All it takes is one person with the right connection to help you land your dream job. 

Enjoy Flexibility 

Life doesn’t always fit a traditional work schedule. If you need a behavioral health position that fits into a hectic personal life, temporary employment could be the answer. Take control of your life by setting your own schedule. Simply tell your recruiter when you can work, and they’ll help you find an assignment that meets your needs. 

Take Your Time Finding Your Fit 

Choosing the right behavioral health job is a very big deal. However, if you’re currently unemployed or in a job that’s making you miserable, you probably feel inclined to accept the first opportunity that comes along. In the short-term, this might seem like a great opportunity, but decisions made in haste don’t always end well. Taking on a temporary assignment allows you to pay the bills and avoid a resume gap, while actively seeking new opportunities. It’s even possible one of your assignments will turn out to be your dream job, and if you make a great impression, you might receive a job offer when your contract ends.  

Giving temporary work a try might be the best thing you’ve ever done for your career. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at info@psychpros.com. 

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