It’s the new economy, as you’ve probably heard. One of the most important things you can do if you’re a job seeker is to research, network and keep your eyes and ears open for new opportunities. And these days, more and more people (actually, about three million!) are using temp firms or staffing agencies to help them find jobs, whether short term or permanent.

In the new economy, millions of workers in the U.S. have returned to work in interim, or temp jobs, via staffing agencies. Many of today’s temp jobs are being filled by people with a decade (or two) of experience -- [bctt tweet="in 2010, more than 40% of jobs were held by those 55 and over"] and can offer a lot more than what is needed for the role they are now filling for the short term.

We’re all accustomed to trial periods for software programs, 30-day return policies for appliances, and easy refunds for clothes we return. But what about new employees? It’s hard to imagine parting ways with a recent hire after a few short weeks, even if you’re sure it isn’t working out well. Not only can it be legally tough – in some states you can quickly incur financial obligations if you terminate even relatively short-lived employees, it’s also a painful, and just plain awkward conversation to have.

  According to the news reports, the economy is finally in real recovery, and that’s a good thing. But maybe you're still trying to find your dream job. So what are some ideas to find that next best role? find-your-dream-job

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