It can be very frustrating if you are in the market for a permanent role and find yourself competing with countless others seeking employment. And if you’re smart, you don’t want to take just any job as we all know you will continue to look for the position you really desire while newly employed.
That isn’t fair to your new employer as they’ve hired you based on your skills and the interest you displayed in the job. And remember, it’s a “small world,” and employers talk to each other. Don’t build a reputation as a “job hopper.”
The challenge is that you still need income, and while you want to do the right thing, the bills still need to be paid.
What if you could earn income without sacrificing credibility and perhaps even gain in other ways that will benefit your future career growth?
Think about exploring a temp job.
Some automatically go the temp route because they want the flexibility while earning income.
In comparison, others will turn their nose up at the short-term prospect because they don’t own the role.
When your ultimate goal is to have a permanent position, it may be hard to consider opening your options to a temporary job. But when the right permanent job is challenging to locate, the other alternative could be a short-term solution.
There are many benefits to entering the world of temporary jobs!
You may be unemployed or a recent college graduate and, like most successful candidates, are eager to continue to learn. Are there skills you would like to hone, or if just out of college, learn? Or do you want to get your feet wet in an industry of interest but haven’t had the opportunity to explore the possibilities?
Opportunity for Learning
As a temp worker, you can gain the experience that will take your resume to the next level and open your options to opportunities not available to you before. Of course, when you’re “on the job,” make sure you’re paying attention and are absorbing what is needed to ensure you don’t just sound good on paper but have the experience and knowledge.
These learning experiences allow you to continue making progress toward a more substantial future career goal.
Reduced Financial Stress
What does this do for your ongoing job search? A lot! Employers can sense when you’re a little too overeager, and it can harm your chances because it’s critical for them to know you’re interested in the position for the long term. When you overly “yes” them or embellish your skills to “get the job,” a good employer will know something is not right.
A Temp Job Could Be Your Golden Ticket
Other temp positions may be to replace an employee who is no longer with the company. Using a temporary worker, the employer can assess the skillset before committing. And, it allows the company to ensure you would be a good fit within their culture.
There may be a role that begins as a temporary role with no intention of a permanent opportunity, but that changes many times. The examples of positions created for the right person are endless. That’s why you need to shine at all times, as you never know when the door will open for you.
Do your best work and ask questions when needed.
Show that you’re reliable by arriving early and demonstrating that you’re a team player.
Dress professionally or if more casual, always neat and clean
Don’t gossip or get involved in office cliches as you never know who your potential boss could be.