What do you think of when you hear the term temp job? Perhaps you think of a clerk or receptionist making coffee and answering the phone. Although there certainly are temp jobs like this, temp work has expanded to become much more than that. Temp work now includes IT, accounting, human resources professionals as well as nurses and even executives.
So why might you include temporary work as one of your options as you embark upon a job search? Here are some compelling reasons:
1) It expands your network. When you are out of work, it can be a bit awkward to network. Once your contacts know that you are unemployed, they tend to think that you are only contacting them to find a job. And if your network is small, you can quickly go through your network as you seek to find someone who can help you land new employment. But temporary work puts you in an environment where you naturally get to know other people in your field. Even if there is not an immediate opening in the place where you temp, people there may refer you to jobs that they hear about.
2) It gives you recent experience in the field. Sometimes a season of unemployment drags on longer than you anticipated. In this scenario, the longer you are unemployed, the less appealing you are to employers because your experience is not current. But temp work removes that barrier by giving you recent experience to put on your resume and to discuss during interviews.
3) It gives you an opportunity to try before you buy. Without contacts inside a company, it is difficult to determine whether or not a company will be a good fit for you. But when you work there as a temp first, you know what you are getting into. You will have enough information to know whether or not this is a place where you will stay for a while.
4) It is a good job search method. What better way to convince an employer that you are perfect for the job than to show them what you are made of? No doubt you already know that many of the jobs that are posted publicly are already filled. The employer simply posts the job to meet EEO requirements, but the employer already has someone in mind who either already works for the company or has been referred by someone in the company. So if you want to overcome this hurdle of being able to catch the attention of the hiring manager when you don’t have an inside track, temp work is a great way to do it.
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