Working Temp Jobs

I will always vouch for working temp jobs because my own temp experience helped me out tremendously. In fact, I wouldn’t have the job that I have right now if I hadn’t tried something different and started working temp jobs.

I felt like I could jump start a career by working temp jobs

A couple of months before I graduated from college, I started working temp jobs. I chose this route as opposed to working in the mall or in a restaurant because I felt like I could jump start a career by working temp in various offices quicker than I could while working in retail or the food industry.

Find a staffing agency

The best way to go about getting temp jobs is to be hired by a temp/staffing agency. That agency makes money off of you getting jobs so they will try to keep you working consistently. I was getting job assignments back to back, sometimes before the current assignment I was on even ended. It’s much easier to get your foot in the door and keep the money coming in when you have a good agency backing you and finding the jobs for you. The catch is that you need a build-able and marketable resume for the industry that you’re trying to get into. I was trying to do office work, so my degree in Communications and the skills that I had acquired while in college were marketable enough for the staffing agency to place me somewhere.

Temp jobs have some benefits

Some of the benefits of being a temp are: you have a lot of networking opportunities, you get to learn new skills, and you can ease yourself (back) into the workforce. I worked at five different offices before my sixth assignment hired me as a permanent employee. I met people in all kinds of departments and positions whom I was able to use as references. Every assignment has different tasks involved even if the job title is the same. I was always in a “receptionist/administrative assistant” position but my duties were different at every company. The one thing that remained constant was answering the phone. I learned a lot of different skills by doing “the same job” at different places. And I never hesitated to add those skills to my resume. Another thing that I consider to be a benefit is the opportunity to ease yourself into the workforce. Some people may not consider this a good thing if they absolutely need to have a 40-hour work week every week. My situation being a recent college graduate with very little work experience and living with my parents (so not paying bills), I needed the experience of working and needed to get acclimated to the process more so than I needed the money. This acclimation period could be very beneficial for other recent grads and people who are re-joining the workforce after an extended period of unemployment (ie. stay-at-home moms). For the first few assignments, the money was the icing on top of the cake whereas the opportunity to get real job experience meant much more. Therefore working two or three days at a time allowed me to experience an 8-hour workday and adjust to that gradually so I never once felt overwhelmed by the idea of working full-time.

Turn an assignment into a permanent position

As I stated before, my sixth job assignment turned into a permanent position with the company. In order to make this happen, you have to be good at whatever you’re doing. You can’t be an expendable temp and then expect the company to hire you full-time. You kind of have to work like your life depends on it and make it hard for them to say goodbye to you. You also have to fit in with the company culture. As a temp, I always tried to get to know a few people and be friendly with everyone. You can’t really be a loner when you’re temping because you’ll get looked over when it’s time to decide which, if any, temps will be hired full-time.

Working temp jobs doesn’t always sound good or reliable, but it can be if you put in the work and you’re backed up by the right people. Although the uncertain pay and schedule may not work for everyone, I believe it’s also a quicker way to a career than your typical entry level job for those with little to no work experience.

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