Temp work offers these permanent benefits
Most workers who are in the market for a new job are looking for a permanent position. But did you know that temporary work offers several permanent benefits — especially if you’re at the beginning of your career or between jobs?
You can find out what your chosen field is really like.
In his article “Temp Work Can Have Permanent Benefits” for Monster, Peter Vogt points out that temping offers the opportunity to see the field of your choice up close. While you might have been able to glean a lot of information about it by reading or watching videos, there’s nothing better than actually working in a specific sector to give you a good understanding of what it’s like.
You can gain practical experience.
Even though you might have learned skills and performed exercises in school, there’s nothing like a real job to give you practical experience. Everything you do in a temp job is aimed at helping the company meet its objectives, so you’re likely to receive guidance and instructions that will help you hone your abilities.
You can learn new skills.
Let’s face it — when you take any new job, even a temporary one, there are going to be things you need to learn. Whether it’s how to use the company intranet or how to navigate a specific CMS tool, you’re likely to receive on the job training. Moreover, some employers are even willing to provide formal training when needed — and that’s education you don’t have to pay for.
You can get an inside look at various companies.
When you accept a permanent position, it’s important to choose the right employer. By doing temp work at multiple organizations, you’ll be able to experience their company cultures. You’ll also be able to determine what kind of work environment and projects are most aligned with your work style and career objectives. That will likely make the choice of employer easier when it’s time for a permanent job.
You can expand your network.
When you work in short term positions in several companies, you’ll meet a lot of different people. Those people can all potentially help you in your career later on, whether it’s to function as references or to alert you to interesting opportunities.
You can get in the running for permanent employment.
As Aaron Guerrero reports in the U.S. News article “10 Reasons to Take a Temporary Job,” oftentimes, employers hire high-performing temp workers when a fulltime position opens up. That’s why it’s important to put your best foot forward, be willing to go the extra mile and make yourself indispensable so you make a good impression on your manager.
Finally, keep in mind that from an employer’s point of view, a temporary job is always better than no job at all. So, if you want to avoid having gaps in your work history or demonstrate you have work experience when you’re a recent graduate, it’s advisable to speak with a recruiter who can help you find a temp position that fits your qualifications and work objectives.