The economy has not been very kind to a lot of people over the past few years, and many people are finding themselves struggling to find work. If have found yourself in this position, you may feel hopeless. In some cases, you may have even been rejected from an offer for being overqualified. Fortunately, there is a way for you to find some temporary work to keep your head above water. In fact, in 2012, 36% of companies hired temporary workers at some point to keep business moving. Here are four temporary jobs that may suit you perfectly.

Temporary Commercial Driver

If you drive on the highway a lot, chances are you see a lot of 18-wheelers transporting goods all across the country. What this should show you is that there is always a demand for truck drivers to get a company's goods from point A to point B. Luckily, most of these companies are looking for temporary truck drivers from places like all of the time so that production will never stop.

If you want to make some temporary money as a truck driver, you are going to have to get your Commercial Driver's License (CDL). You simply take a test through the Department of Transportation and begin practicing driving a larger vehicle. The good thing about this temporary job is that you do not necessarily have to drive a huge 18-wheeler. There are classes of CDLs for vehicles ranging anywhere from school buses to dump trucks.


If you are good with numbers, a temporary bookkeeping job may be perfect for you. Usually, companies will either do their own bookkeeping or hire a professional, but some businesses are so overwhelmed to the point of seeking a temporary bookkeeper. The good thing about a temp bookkeeping job is that you do not necessarily need to be a certified public accountant (CPA).

If you show promise with numbers and organization, you can get hired at just about any small business. Also, community colleges are always looking for a cheap temporary hire.The average pay is nothing to scoff at, either. The median average for a temporary bookkeeper in the U.S. is about $16.91 per hour!

Customer Service Representative

Fancy yourself good with people? If so, many companies are looking for temporary customer service jobs to ensure that their customers remain happy with their products. Customer service can be anything from working at a call center and handling complaints to working behind a desk and helping people that come up to you with certain product issues.

Call centers are the largest employers of customer service representatives, but there is still no shortage of temporary worker needs. These jobs aren't just minimum wage, either. The average pay for a customer service representative is about $14.90 an hour.

Maintenance Worker  

When machines or appliances break down, most people have no idea how to fix them. This leads to an overwhelming need for maintenance and repair workers. Companies that offer maintenance services generally do not have a specified staff. This is mainly because the nature of maintenance work is so broad, so some workers may know how to fix certain things, but not have a clue about other machines.

This makes the need for a temporary maintenance worker that has certain expertise. Even if you are not the most experienced in a certain field of maintenance, some companies may just need an extra set of hands to help complete any job.

Life can be almost impossible when you're out of work, but there are always options if you are willing. Most of these temporary jobs are catered to your average citizen and do not require a wide array of expertise. Getting out there and working one of these jobs is the perfect way to stay afloat while you continue to pursue the career of your dreams.