If you’ve been looking for a job, you may be missing out on an important opportunity. Many job seekers who are looking for a permanent position don’t consider applying with a staffing agency or accepting short-term temp positions. But temporary work has a number of benefits, including a paycheck when you might need it most. Here are three tips to help you get the most out of your temp jobs.

 

Consider it a Resume Builder

One of the best things about temporary work is the ability to learn new things. And once you’ve learned new things, you can feel confident about putting them on your resume. For example, you may apply your current skills in a different way for a different industry, but that gives you insight for the future.

Depending on the kind of temporary work you do or the length of your assignment, you can list it as its own job or add it to your accomplishments. For example, “Took a short-term assignment working for XYZ Company applying my database skills to help them reach their sales goals for 2019.”

Take Advantage of Flexible Work

Temporary work is also, at its core, flexible. If you just want to work for a day here or there or a week or several months at a time, it’s possible through temporary arrangements. You can partner with a recruiter to help you find flexible work that fits with your schedule, financial needs, and long-term goals.

For example, if you’ll be traveling but you want some extra cash before your trip, talk to your recruiter about your time frame and what kinds of work you want to do. That can keep you busy, engaged with your skills, and bring in some money.

Build Important Relationships

Not all temporary jobs remain temporary. The connections you make throughout your temporary assignments could lead to the right permanent job at the right time. And it won’t always take the form of transitioning a temp job to full time.

You may also meet people along the way who will remember you. Companies you’ve done short-term work for may call the recruiter to see if you’re available again. And if you’ve done a great job for them, your recruiter will work hard to make sure you get placed on another assignment or help you find permanent work.

 

Could temp work be great for you? Contact the recruiters at FJC Personnel to learn more.