How Temp Work Can Help Your Career

Posted by admin on Aug 20, 2013 4:42:32 PM

 

Between jobs? Fresh out of college? Want a career change? Consider temporary employment. What better way to boost your job skills and keep your skills sharp than working in a temp position in your field?

Temp jobs can last anywhere from one day to a few months or more. Some positions can even be temp-to-hire positions, meaning after you’ve temped at the company, they may bring you on permanently. How cool is that?

You probably have a lot of questions about temp work. Let’s see if we can answer a few of them:

 

“Why would a company need someone only temporarily?”

Companies need short-term assistance for a variety of reasons - to cover maternity/paternity leaves, increased case loads, seasonality, one-time projects – the list goes on. Temporary positions are available across all sectors, from healthcare and human resources to technology and professional services.

“What temp job is right for me?”

First, think about where you see yourself in one year. What about five? Next, try to find temp jobs that align with your goals. Do you want to eventually work at a web development firm? A company may be looking to overhaul their website and need a Java developer to help out. You can then put this project on your resume and in your portfolio to show potential employers.

Examples of temporary jobs:

- Office assistants
- Medical billers and coders
- Customer service reps
- Project managers
- HR assistants
- Network engineers
- Java or .Net developers

“Will having temp job hurt my chances of getting a ‘real career’?”

Go ahead and put longer-term temporary jobs on your resume (those lasting a few months or more). Doing so will show the interviewer that you’re career focused, since you’ve spent your available time on keeping your skill sharp, and that you’ve added/improved skills that could prove valuable to the position.

Another way temp work can help get a “real career” – you could be placed as a temporary administrative assistant, you show hard work and dedication, and if the time is right, you could move up the ranks to vice president. Still skeptical? Check out one of Advanced Resource’s case studies. We placed Laura in a temporary admin assistant role, and soon our client was impressed with her professionalism. She received many promotions, and now Laura is an Assistant Vice President at the same organization!

“How can I get hired on permanently?”

Each company has its own policy on bringing temporary workers on permanently – some hire on, some do not.  If you’re going through a staffing firm, the job description will say if it’s a temp-to-perm position. If the company does offer perm, and even if it doesn’t, maintain professionalism by:

- Being on time
- Minding (and learning) company policies
- Networking and getting to know your coworkers
- Showing enthusiasm
- Communicating
- Exceeding expectations
Not being too pushy

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