Should I Take a Temp Job During My Job Search?

Posted in Career Best Practices

 

It's a question we hear all the time at PrideStaff. After all, there's a common misconception that you can't conduct a thorough job search while you're working.

 

And that just couldn't be further from the truth!

 

Here are a few of the advantages of working temp jobs while you conduct a job search:

 

  • Avoid a gap in your resume.
    The best way to handle a resume gap is by preventing one. If you're out of work – or fear you may be soon – it's smart to apply with a reputable employment agency as quickly as possible, to keep an employment gap from hindering your chances of landing the job you want.
  • Earn money while you search for work.
    Unlike a traditional 40-hour job, temping affords you greater control over your calendar. You can build enough flexibility into your schedule to conduct your job search, schedule informational interviews, network and more. At the same time, you can earn a steady paycheck, giving yourself a little "breathing room" to take your time during your search – and find the ideal opportunity.
  • Get your foot in the door with your dream employer.
    Starting as a temporary employee is a great way to gain an all-access path to upcoming opportunities at your target company. Even if the temporary assignment isn't in your desired department or occupation, you can still take advantage of the opportunity to network, demonstrate your skills (both hard and soft) and make a good name for yourself as a desirable job candidate.
  • Turn an assignment into a full-time, direct job.
    You never know what a short-term assignment may lead to! If an employer is impressed with your performance, they can work with your staffing agency to offer you a direct job.
  • Showcase your work ethic.
    When sending cover letters, mention the fact that you're working on temporary assignments while you search for a direct job. Doing so conveys to recruiters and hiring managers that you're hard-working, proactive and unafraid of a challenge.
  • Avoid the "chicken or the egg" conundrum new graduates face.
    How do you gain experience without having experience? Working on a variety of assignments helps you build your skills, rapidly broaden your knowledge base and make yourself more marketable. When you choose assignments, opt for ones that challenge you and offer room for growth.
  • Test the waters.
    For recent graduates, it's tough to know what you don't know: namely, the best type of work environment, industry or role for you. Temp work offers endless variety, allowing you to expand your thinking, explore different jobs and see what you like best – with no long-term commitment.

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