As an executive, it’s customary to feel that the only way to find employment is through networking. While this is a vital aspect in job seeking at such a high level, it’s not the only way. In fact, a trend has been set in recent years for executives to find their employment opportunities through temp agencies.

This may sound unorthodox and possibly ineffective. While it may be a bit unorthodox, ineffective it is not. In fact, many executives have found great opportunities taking this route. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of executives venturing into the temp pool.

Immediate Access to a Job

If you’ve been in the job pool for weeks, or even months, and have had little luck finding a permanent position, the temp pool can help you find immediate access to an executive-level job. This means, by having the temp agency fit you into a temporary executive position, you can usually start within a few days of hearing about the position.

As with many other temp jobs, you will be expected to hit the ground running. However, as an executive, you are probably used to having to catch on at a pretty fast pace. The great news is that you will have an opportunity to make a huge difference in the company during your limited time there.

No Need to Commit

As with other temporary opportunities, you have an opportunity to test the waters with a specific company to decide if it is a good place for you. There are times that a company can be perfect for you, and there are also times that a company is not a match at all. By working as a temporary executive, you have the opportunity to see if you fit well within that company. If you don’t then there’s no need to commit. When you’re assignment is finished, you simply leave and re-enter the temp pool for your next executive opportunity.

Can Turn Into a Permanent Opportunity

On the other hand, if you find that you really enjoy taking on an executive role at a specific company, often times you can find yourself taking on the opportunity permanently. What’s unique about being a temporary executive is that you are asked to not just fill in for someone while they’re missing, but also to interact with employees and make huge decisions that could change the future of the business. This is a big deal – to you and the company.

So if, for instance, an executive has quit and the company takes you on as an interim executive while the filter through the candidate pool, if you successfully fill your role, you might also be considered. This is how many entry- and executive-level jobs are filled. You’ve already bypassed the networking stage and have created relationships within the company. So with the right communication set forth, you might find yourself being hired permanently for the job.

If your job search has been slow moving, don’t feel discouraged. There are still great opportunities available at the executive level. So get your resume and cover letter polished, then take it to a temp agency; you’d be surprised by the number of opportunities available there.

Author's Bio: 

Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer and is passionate about providing working professionals with current, reliable and effective job search tools and information. Compare the top executive resume writing services in the industry at