Most job seekers have a negative connotation about temporary jobs. A job that doesn’t give a finite end to unemployment can seem valueless to a job seeker. Even if your end goal is to gain permanent employment, a temporary job can be a great stepping stone and can have some great benefits. Here are some serious reasons to consider a temporary job:
1. Networking opportunities
Meeting new people is essential in the job seeking world. You know the quote, “It’s not about what you know but who you know”. Accepting temporary jobs allows you to meet new people who you may have otherwise never met. It gives you an opportunity to learn from new bosses, make relationships, and build your network. It’s always a good idea to build your network. You never know where or who your next job will come from.
2. Pick up new skills
Temporary jobs allow you to learn a variety of new skills in a short amount of time. Have you been wanting to get into the hospitality industry, customer service, or research positions? A temporary position is a GREAT way to do just that.
Don’t forget to add these skills and positions to your resume!
3. Continue working while waiting
Sometimes it’s better to accept a temporary job while you are looking for a permanent position. Taking a temporary job shows your future employer that you are hardworking and dedicated, even if the temporary job was not in your field of work. Not only does it show dedication, but it can fill in gaps during a long job search period.
4. Try a new career path
Have you wanted to make a career change but aren’t sure how to get your foot in the door, how to gain the necessary skills, or if you’ll even like it? A temporary job is a great way to do all of these things. You can gain the necessary skills required for the new career path and figure out if this path is a sustainable career change for you. Your future employer will even be more likely to choose someone who has some prior experience rather than none.
5. May lead to permanent employment
Some, not all, temporary jobs can lead to permanent employment, even if it’s not right away. If you work hard, are a team player, and show that you are dedicated to your temporary position, you will leave a good impression on your employer. Your temporary position may not be made permanent, but your employer will be more likely to think of you when a permanent position becomes available.