BENEFITS OF TEMPORARY JOBS
by Nathan Newberger
To many people, a temporary position does not sound very
appealing. Some consider temp jobs to be unskilled
labor, tedious work, or just a waste of time. People
with this negative attitude towards temporary positions
all share one common characteristic: THEY ARE WRONG.
Temp jobs are not a waste of time. Besides providing
income, temp jobs can be used as valuable career tools.
This article discusses the many benefits of temporary
positions. Once you recognize the advantages of temp
jobs, you can then begin to use them to enhance or build
These four topics that will be covered:
1. Money Matters
2. Resume Reinforcement
3. Temp to Impress
4. Career Sampling
1. MONEY MATTERS
Let's be realistic, money is important. No matter how
many times you say, "Money isn't everything," you can't
change the fact that money matters. There is no shame in
taking on a job to obtain needed cash. No matter how
negative your attitude towards temp jobs is, it is
impossible to deny that they are often a good source of
Good jobs don't just grow on trees so that people can
come and pick the one they like best. When no viable
alternatives exist, temporary positions are a fantastic
way to earn money.
Temp jobs are ideal for students. When you have class
during the week a steady job can be hard to get, but a
temp job might only be for a day. Also, temp jobs often
fit in well with an evening or weekend class schedule.
2. RESUME REINFORCEMENT
If you are currently out of work, chances are you suffer
from a disease that often strikes the unemployed: resume
decay. When out of work for an extended period of time,
people often concentrate their efforts solely on finding
a new job. Unfortunately these people fail to recognize
that their free time should also be used for
strengthening their resumes.
Temporary positions give a person the opportunity to
strengthen his/her resume through experience and
education while also providing a source of income.
Temporary positions are a fantastic way to gain
experience within a particular industry. When full time
positions are tight, a temp job may be your best chance
at learning industry basics. Moreover, you will already
be an experienced worker when a full time position
Temp jobs are a quick way to pick-up new skills or to
heighten skills you already possess (typing, filing,
book-keeping, etc.). More importantly, as a temp you may
be required to use various professional software.
Proficiency in current software applications looks great
on a resume!
If you are not working full time or are not in school,
your resume may look sparse. A recruiter evaluating your
resume may assume you did nothing during this time.
Temporary positions are good for filling these time gaps
in your resume.
3. TEMP TO IMPRESS
Despite what many people think, a temporary position is
NEVER a carefree, zero responsibility job. Though things
may be slightly more relaxed as a temp, there is a
secret that most people don't realize: a temp job may
lead to much more.
If you are working with others or report to a manager,
you are being evaluated. People all around you are
making mental notes about your knowledge, skills,
personality, friendliness, diligence, and behavior. Use
this to your advantage:
Occasionally, a temporary position turns into a position
that needs to be filled permanently. Even if you are not
explicitly told that your job is temp-to-hire, you may
have shot at the permanent position if you impress the
Temp jobs give you the opportunity to meet and rub
elbows with individuals in a particular industry. You
never know if a co- worker might someday be in charge of
recruiting or make a recommendation for a new employee.
Often times, as a person develops their career map he or
she realizes that they are far off course. This
perfectly normal, but it also means that getting on the
right road will require a change of direction.
4. CAREER SAMPLING
It may seem obvious, but never lose sight of the fact
that a temporary job is temporary. This gives a person
much more flexibility than one would have in a permanent
position. No matter how horrible the job may seem, you
can rest easy knowing you are not stuck in one place.
More importantly, people often don't know what industry
or career they would like to pursue. Temping gives an
individual the option to sample a wide array of jobs. It
is the perfect way to gain insight into a job or field
Temping may not be every person's cup of tea, but it is
hardly unskilled labor. Temping is more like a delicate
art form. Taking a temporary position provides numerous
benefits and opportunities for a person with the right
background, knowledge, and attitude. Instead of turning
your nose up at the idea, give it some serious
consideration. Temping may be just the tool you need to
jumpstart your career plans
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