By Joe Lampinen
As an engineer in a full-time, salaried position, there are several
scenarios in which you might find yourself voluntarily or involuntarily
looking for another job. Perhaps you feel you are not growing anymore in
your current job and decide to look for another position. You might
have worked for a company for the past five or six years when your
project, program, or division winds down—and your services are no longer
needed. Or maybe your employer is floundering, and you want to find a
new job as soon as possible.
reason, it is not always possible – or even desirable - to move directly
from one full-time, salaried position to another. It takes time and
patience to find a job that offers the kind of work you enjoy and meets
your requirements regarding salary, benefits, and perks. Fortunately,
bridge projects—temporary assignments that function as a bridge between
two salaried positions—can keep you working and earning an income while
you are looking for your next full-time position.
a bridge project on your own can be challenging. There are online
talent platforms where you can connect with employers, but most of those
projects are task based. This means they are short term and usually
last no longer than a few days.
Fortunately, placement agencies
can help. In general, they can place you for short-term or long-term
projects, depending on your preference. Some employers also outsource
entire projects to agencies. In these instances, the agency puts
together the team and provides project management.
One of the
advantages of working with a job placement agency is that your recruiter can
keep looking for the right salaried position while you focus on the
bridge project. This increases your chances of quickly finding a new
many engineers believe that temporary projects are primarily for
entry-level engineers, nothing could be further from the truth. A
growing number of engineers prefer to work as free agents on projects.
They enjoy the free agency lifestyle because it offers a good work-life
balance, variety, and the freedom to choose their own projects, teams,
It is also important to note that there are many
innovative, hot projects that are staffed almost entirely with
contractors. It is frequently more cost-effective for employers to hire
top-quality engineers with niche skills to work on an important project
for a limited time than to hire those same engineers full-time,
particularly if their special skills will only be needed for a limited
period of time.
Of course, while working on a bridge project, you
may also discover that you enjoy project-based work and decide to
become a full-time free agent. In this event, a staffing agency can help
you find a steady stream of interesting, well-paying assignments that
advance your career.
Privacy Statement | Accessibility Statement | Code of Conduct | Corporate Social Responsibility Copyright